AlexandriaBay – Unofficial
Alexandria Bay is located on the eastern side of the Noosa HeadsNational Park. It is by far Queensland's most popular free beach and has been used for nude swimming and sunbathing for many years. Most days there are quite a lot of people on the beach, sometimes hundreds on weekends. Unfortunately, in spite of many requests, it still does not have legal status.
There are a few different ways of getting in to AlexandriaBay. First of all you can drive down into the main part of Noosa Heads and turn right at the Hastings Street roundabout then follow the beach road around until it ends in the main National Park headquarters car park. It is then a very scenic 3 km walk into the beach and along to the southern end where the naturists tend to congregate.
Alternatively you can also enter the park from the southern end at SunshineBeach, either via Solway Drive or Park Edge Road. You can also walk in from SunshineBeach but it is quite a steep climb in places. The Solway Drive approach is the shortest but parking is very limited and strictly policed, so be wary. BelongilBeach – Legal
BelongilBeach is not in Queensland but at ByronBay in northern New South Wales. However, with the new freeways now almost completed it is a very real option for residents and visitors in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.
FraserIsland is the largest sand island in the world with many kilometres of beautiful beaches on both the ocean and inland sides. Whilst there are many visitors on the island at all times it is quite possible to find a camping spot behind the dunes where you can go without clothes for most of the time. You may also be able to swim nude at times but do show consideration for other people. It is best to avoid the peak holiday seasons.
Before going onto the island you must obtain a permit from either the Forestry Department in Brisbane or the National Parks office at RainbowBeach where you will catch the barge. Do take the trouble to read the literature regarding the regulations, and obey all the directives and signs whilst on the island.
There are no roads on FraserIsland so a 4WD vehicle is necessary. Access to the points of interest is gained by driving along the beach on the eastern side, where the sand is hard. From here sand tracks lead in to the various inland freshwater lakes and other beauty spots, as well as across to the western side of the island.
From Gympie on the Bruce Highway head for RainbowBeach on the coast. Here you need to let your tyres down for the sandy conditions, top up with fuel, then drive along the beach to the barge terminal at Inskip Point. Once you are on the island travel up the beach until you reach your destination, but do take tide times into consideration, some places are impassable at high tide. Also, take all your provisions with you as there is very little opportunity to buy anything on the island. Streams provide abundant fresh water but your own drinking water is advisable.
Bowen/Townsville Area . . .
KingsBeach – Unofficial
KingsBeach can be reached by driving east along Kings Beach Road, then just as the road turns parallel to the coast park on the left. Walk to the small beach where the creek runs into the sea.
HorseshoeBay – Unofficial
HorseshoeBay at CapeEdgecumbe is the more popular of the two. Take the Richmond road from Bowen then turn right into Soldiers Road and right again into Horseshoe Bay Road. Park on the left just before the caravan park and walk through to the beach. Once on the beach you then walk north climbing over the rocks or wading through the shallows past a few small coves. The beach used by the naturists is the last stretch of sand on the GreysBeach side of CapeEdgecumbe.
Shelley Beach – Unofficial
Drive north from Townsville through BelgianGardens and RowesBay towards Pallarenda. The road ends at a Quarantine Station. Follow the walking track up the hill, past some old World War 2 gun placements, and over the headland. You will get some great views of MagneticIsland. The track ends at a small beach which is fairly popular. At low tide you can skirt around the rocks at the far end to get to Shelley Beach, which is more secluded, and dispense with your costume. When the tide is in the only way to get there is climb over the rocks.
Saunders Beach – Unofficial
To get to Saunders Beach head north along the Bruce Highway toward Ingham for approximately 25 km. About 200 metres after passing under a railway viaduct turn right and follow this road for about 8 km. This will take you into the small seaside settlement of SaundersBeach. When you reach the waterfront turn right into Reef Street and then bear right again after approximately 100 metres into Cay Street and continue to the end of it. When on the beach head south until you cross over the mouth of a small creek. It is a beautiful sandy beach with shady trees. Be careful crossing the creek at high tide, although it is never very deep.
MagneticIsland – Unofficial
MagneticIsland is about 40 minutes by ferry from Townsville. You can take your own car over on the ferry, or you can hire one there for a reasonable price. Bicycles are also available, and buses operate from PicnicBay to HorseshoeBay.
There are a number of spots where nude bathing is practised fairly regularly but due to increased tourism on the island and some pressure from local residents a few have ceased being used. Probably the most popular one is RockyBay, just around from PicnicBay. Either take the track from the eastern end of Main Street, or walk up the road from MarineGardens to the track directly down to the beach. BaldingBay is another quite suitable spot. Access is gained by following the track from either RadicalBay or HorseshoeBay. The western end of HorseshoeBay is also used by nudists. Just use your commonsense and show due consideration for others on the beach.
Buchans Point – Unofficial
Buchans Point is located at the very southern end of Ellis Beach, about 25 km north of Cairns. It is by far the most popular unofficial clothes optional beach in this area and has been recognised as such for many years. It is well suited for this purpose and one must wonder what the real reason was for all the police action in 1988 and 1989. Caution is advised as there has been spasmodic police attention since then.
As you travel north along the Cook Highway look for the car park on the beach side of the road between Palm Cove and Ellis Beach. It is then just a short walk south to the beautiful sandy beach backed by cliffs and the highway. There are plenty of motels and caravan parks nearby.
CapeTribulation – Unofficial
From Cairns travel north for about 76 km to Mossman then another 37 km to Daintree. Cross over the DaintreeRiver by ferry and continue along this road for another 50 km to CapeTribulation. The road is passable to conventional vehicles except after heavy rains, which of course occur fairly often. You are much better off travelling in a 4WD vehicle.
There are many beautiful views and interesting things to visit along the way. The first turn off to the right will take you into Cape Kimberley, a rather remote but beautiful bay with few people, a casual atmosphere, and lots of secluded spots. Next stop is CowBay. There is a hotel and a motel here, plus the Crocodylus Resort, literally tucked away in the rainforest. The area is very popular with backpackers and, as many of these come from Europe where naturist beaches are commonplace, it is not unusual to come across topless and nude bathers in this area. However the most accepted nude bathing area is the third bay as you walk north along the beach.
At North Cape Tribulation you can experience isolated camping where the rain forest meets the sea. There are few facilities and all your supplies need to be brought in with you. Clothes in this camping area are unofficially optional, and the surroundings make time stand still. You could easily spend a couple of weeks here soaking up the natural environment, and of course the sun.
Lizard Island Third Beach (Hibiscus Beach) – Unofficial
Third Beach (Hibiscus Beach) is about 400 metres long, facing north west with white coral sand. It can be reached by sea or via the Lizard Island Resort. From here walk south west around SunsetBeach and PebblyBeach into Hibiscus. PalfreyIsland south of Lizard is an unmanned light station and is well used by naturists, but camping is not allowed. Camping is allowed on LizardIsland at the one camp site on the northern end, but you must bring everything including your water with you.
Located on SydneyHarbour, ObeliskBeach is on the southern side of the National Park area of Middle Head. To get to Obelisk Beach from the city cross over the Harbour Bridge and turn off toward Neutral Bay along Military Road (Route 14). Follow this road to Spit Junction. Continue straight ahead at Spit Junction through Mosman Junction and just after Raglan Street bear left into Middle Head Road. Follow this to the end where it turns into Chowder Bay Road. Take the first turn right. After about 100 metres park your car and follow the track in to this small beach.
CobblersBeach is located on the northern side of Middle Head. Follow the same directions as for ObeliskBeach but after parking, head north across Middle Head oval and follow the track to the beach. Cobblers is a lovely beach and attracts a large number of boats. It is a great place for snorkelling around the rocks.
LadyBay - Legal
LadyBay is perhaps Australia's oldest and most publicised nude beach, well used by naturists long before being granted legal status in 1976. But this too was rescinded with the introduction of the new Local Government Act of 1993. Since then however the Woollahra City Council has voted to erect signs and give it legal status under the new laws.
LadyBay is about 12 km north east of the city at WatsonsBay. From the city head out along New South Head Road (Route 76) which runs into Hopetoun Avenue and on to Watsons Bay. Turn left into Military Road and then drive as far as you can go along the one way streets of Pacific and Victoria. Park near Cliff Street then access to the beach can be gained via a steep pathway at the northern end of CampCove behind the Military Reserve.
South Sydney Area . . .
Little Congwong Beach - Unofficial
Make your way to La Perouse on Botany Bay and park in the car park just north of Bare Island. Walk down the steps to CongwongBeach then left across the rocks to Little Congwong Beach, the second bay. This beach is very popular on summer weekends.
JibbonBeach - Unofficial
Head south from Sydney along the Princes Highway for about 29 km then turn left to Audley and the RoyalNational Park. 1.5 km later you will have to pay a day fee, or you can take out an annual permit which gives you access to all New South Wales National Parks except Kosciusko. Information is available from the Visitors Centre.
Continue on past Audley following the signs to Bundeena. About 10 km after turning left into Bundeena Road you reach the town. Follow the main road to the wharf and turn right into Loftus Street. Parking is available here or in Neil Street, but beware of the No Parking zones. A short walk will take you through to the beach then walk east for about 200 metres. At weekends and during holidays you may find the main JibbonBeach crowded with people and boats. At these times naturists tend to go to nearby Little Jibbon Beach or OceanBeach.
Little JibbonBeach - Unofficial
Little Jibbon Beach can be reached by taking the footpath from the eastern end of JibbonBeach. Backed by low cliffs it has enough sand for sunbathing, although swimming is mainly from the rocks or in the many rock pools. There are some Aboriginal rock carvings nearby.
OceanBeach - Unofficial
OceanBeach is reached via a fire trail starting some 70 metres before the end of JibbonBeach. It leads directly east to the ocean and this small sandy beach, which is fronted by rocks at low tide. Swimming is in the rock pools but care is needed in strong southerly swells. All these beaches officially close at sunset. An alternative means of getting to JibbonBeach is to catch the ferry from CronullaWharf and then walk 400 metres to the beach.
There are several other beaches in this National Park that are suitable for nude bathing, such as MarleyBeach and Curracurrang. The main draw back with these is the long walk to get to them.
SouthCoast of NSW . . .
WerrongBeach - Legal
Approximately 40 km south of Sydney near StanwellPark is WerrongBeach, set in the RoyalNational Park. Gazetted in 1879, this was Australia's first National Park and only the second in the world.
From Sydney take the Princes Highway south to the F6 Freeway, and follow the signs toward StanwellPark until you turn left to Otford Lookout. Go past the RoyalNational Park sign and park beyond the shop. From here walk up the good path to the WerrongBeach and Burning Palms Clifftop Walk. The path then descends steeply to WerrongBeach. The total distance around 1.5 km and steep in places, so it is not suitable for the elderly or the handicapped.
WerrongBeach is a large amphitheatre about 300 metres long, surrounded by cliffs with a grassed area behind the beach. Camping is allowed with a permit but there are no facilities so all your requirements must be carried in. Permits are available from The Superintendent, RoyalNational Park, Audley NSW 2232.
MurraysBeach, JervisBay - Unofficial
MurraysBeach is located on the southern head of JervisBay. Follow Jervis Bay Road past the NavalCollege to its end. From the top end of the car park walk through to a small, sandy, sheltered beach regularly used by naturists.
Myrtle Beach - Unofficial
Just north of BatemansBay turn east off the Princes Highway to Durras. Turn right and continue behind the caravan park onto the coast road. About 1.5 km down this road you will find a car park for Myrtle Beach. It is then only a short walk to this unofficial clothing optional beach.
ArmondsBeach - Legal
Kambah Pool - Legal
NorthCoast of NSW . . .
BirdieBeach - Unofficial
BirdieBeach can be reached by travelling along the expressway from Sydney and taking the Newcastle exit. Follow the Pacific Highway through Doyalson to LakeMunmorah. At LakeMunmorah take Elizabeth Bay Road at the traffic lights. Continue until you see the entrance to the Munmorah State Recreational Area on the left. Turn into the park and follow the signs to the BirdieBeach car park. There is a fee per vehicle to enter the park. There is a nice camping area just off the beach with cooking facilities, plus a toilet block but no hot showers.
SamuraiBeach - Legal
To reach SamuraiBeach, sometimes referred to as NorthOneMileBeach, leave the Pacific Highway north of Raymond Terrace and head for NelsonBay on Port Stephens. To the south of NelsonBay go in to AnnaBay and then head north along the coast road to Samurai Point. Alternatively you can continue almost in to NelsonBay then turn right and follow the coast road back.
There are several routes in to the beach itself. If you park at OneMileBeach at the southern side of SandfortCaravanPark you must walk north along the beach for about 1 km to a rocky outcrop. The clothes optional area starts 200 metres north of here. From MiddleRockCaravanPark there is a track through the sand dunes to the beach. Slightly north of this park there is a four wheel drive track leading on to the beach.
SamuraiBeach is 1 km in length with rocky outcrops at either end. It is very natural and beautiful, and ideal for fishing, snorkelling etc. The clothes optional area includes the entire length of the beach.
Shelly Beach, Forster - Legal
About one km north of Bulahdelah turn off the Pacific Highway and take the 'Lakes Way' route to Forster. This road winds its way through some very scenic country to Pacific Palms. Continue on to the Elizabeth Beach car park. From here it is a 10 minute walk along the track leading up the hill and over the ridge to Shelly Beach. If you are travelling south along the Pacific Highway you can turn off just south of Taree and go down through Tuncurry and Forster to Pacific Palms.
MinersBeach, Port Macquarie - Unofficial
From Port Macquarie head south along Pacific Drive to Shelly Beach (not to be confused with Shelly Beach in ElizabethBay). The local council has built a boardwalk from here to MinersBeach which is an unofficial clothing optional beach.
Little DiggersBeach - Unofficial
Little Diggers Beach is on the northern outskirts of CoffsHarbour, and over the last twelve years or so has become the main unofficial clothes optional beach in the area. Well aware of its existence the local authorities have adopted the view that so long as nothing untoward happens it will be a case of 'live and let live'.
About 3 km north along the Pacific Highway is the Big Banana tourist complex. To get to Little Diggers Beach you take the road directly opposite this famous landmark and follow it through to the coast. It is advisable to park in the car park then walk through to the main beach. Proceed to the northern end of this beach, cross over a small rocky headland and you are on Little Diggers Beach.
KingsBeach - Unofficial
One of the great attractions near ByronBay is KingsBeach at Broken Head. From ByronBay take the coast road south toward Ballina. After about 8 km turn left to the BrokenHeadCaravanPark. Just before you enter the caravan park a narrow gravel road leads off to the right into the National Park. Follow this road to the car park on top of the hill. Space is very limited so only the early birds get into the car park. After that it is a case of do the best you can. A well maintained track leads down through the rain forest to KingsBeach. The walk alone makes the visit worthwhile. Although not a long distance it is rather steep so take only the essentials.
KingsBeach is absolutely delightful, with huge rocky outcrops at either end, and a wide sandy horseshoe bay in between. Grassy sand dunes at the back give way to the forest covered hills behind. Pandanus Palms at the southern end provide some shade from the hot sun but an umbrella may be wise as the amount of shade is limited.
BelongilBeach - Legal
There are two ways to get to BelongilBeach. First of all you can turn east into Grays Lane from the Pacific Highway about 4 km north of the main ByronBay turnoff. This will take in to the northern end of the legal nude bathing area. About three quarters of the way down Grays Lane you must veer left at a fork in the road to get to the beach. Soon after this you may find a few cars parked on the side of the road. This is where you will find a delightful ti-tree lake tucked away in the bush on the northern side of the road - a very popular nude swimming spot. There is plenty of parking in the sand dunes right behind the beach which means minimum walking.
The other way to get into BelongilBeach is to take the main ByronBay turnoff at the Pacific Highway then turn left at the BP service station and follow that road all the way to the Byron Bay Beach Club resort. From here it is a short walk through to the beach and then about 500 metres north along the beach to the southern end of the legal nude bathing section. If you are looking for accommodation in the area the resort is a very worthy option. Map.
Inland NSW . . .
Macca’s Beach - Unofficial
Macca's Beach is in the JuramabulaStateForest, situated off Euroly Rd in the Murrumbidgee Shire. There are no facilities, as State Forestry are the owners, and have no problem with people digging holes and covering it up for a toilet. There is no problem with camping, but no solid fuels are allowed when fire bans are in place.
If you are coming from Sydney, take the Wagga Wagga exit from the Hume Freeway, which takes you to the Sturt Highway. Go through Wagga, 49 km, staying on the highway for another 100 km until you reach a place called Gillenbah, 2 km from Narrandera. Turn left and stay on the Sturt Highway. After 34 km, turn right onto Euroley Road, just after a sand hill with pine trees on both sides. Continue for about 5 km, along a gravel road until you see a canal bridge. Turn left and continue for another 50 metres, turn right at a gate, then turn left at the fork in the road which will take you to the beach.
Please note, Euroley Road is gravel, and after the canal is dirt, which makes it impassable when wet.
Port Phillip Bay Area...
Sunnyside North – Legal
SunnysideNorthBeach at MountEliza on the MorningtonPeninsula would have to take out the prize as the hardest fought for clothes optional in Australia. The naturists pressed on for years in their fight for legal status, undaunted by the opposition from the police, the nearby residents, and the local council, and eventually they won. But the fight must still go on for better access, more parking, and indeed more clothes optional beaches in this area to cater for the needs of the naturists in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.
From the city take the Nepean Highway (Route 3) south some 40 km to Frankston. Continue a further 7 to 8 km then look for the sign to SunnysideBeach. Turn right here and drive down this road for about 800 metres to the car park. Actually you may have to park well short of the car park on busy days, and do be careful of driveways and No Parking signs. Walk on to SunnysideBeach then proceed north around the rocky point to North Sunnyside.
Campbell's Cove – Legal
At the time it was granted legal status as a clothes optional beach Campbell's Cove was reported as being far from a desirable place to spend a nice sunny Sunday. However, it is understood that at the time of declaration some Government funds were made available for facilities at the designated beaches to be upgraded. If this has been done then it may well be that this beach is now worth a visit.
To get to Campbell's CoveBeach from Werribee turn into Duncans Road, then after some distance into Aviation Road. From here it is right into Cunningham Road and then left into Campbell's Cove Beach Road. Proceed past the fishermen's huts to the end of the road. From the Melbourne side take the Point Cook turn off, then along Aviation Road, Cunningham Road etc.
West of Melbourne Area...
Point Impossible – Legal
The beach at Point Impossible is very typical of much of Victoria's southern coastline with a very wide expanse of sand sloping up to a backdrop of huge vegetated sand dunes. To get to Point Impossible from Geelong head south over the BarwonRiver and then take the first turn left and follow the signs toward Breamlea. About 1.6 km short of Breamlea turn right into Blackgate Road. Continue for some 3 km and take the first road to the left. Follow this to the point then south west behind the dunes for another 2 km where, about 200 metres short of the rubbish tip, a track on your left leads into the car park.
Alternatively you can take the Torquay road from Geelong and turn left into Blackgate Road about 4 km past Mt Duneed. You should then find the road to Point Impossible about 4 km down this road on your right.
SouthsideBeach - Legal
SouthsideBeach is at a comfortable location between BellsBeach and the previous legal area at Point Addis. Access is gained by turning off the Great Ocean Road west of Torquay into Bells Boulevard or into Jarosite Road to the north east of Anglesea. Southside is just to the east of Point Addis.
BakersBeach - Unofficial
The Asbestos Range National Park (there is an entry fee) is about one hour by car from Launceston and even less from Devonport. The beach is several kilometres long so even on busy days you can find a spot where you can sunbake without a costume. Most naturists head for the north eastern section, parking in the picnic area then taking a short walk through to the beach. Vehicles are permitted on the beach (access is at Griffiths Point), but not between 8.00 am to 8.00 pm from December 1st to 30th April. There is abundant wildlife, much of which can be seen by day trippers. For information on the area drop in to the information hut, which is the first building you come to in the park.
To get to BakersBeach turn off the Frankford Highway then it is a 13 km drive in to the park. Most campers head for Bakers Point and Griffiths Point but quieter camping can be enjoyed either side of the information hut. However it is not really practical to be nude anywhere but on the beach. From Launceston take the West Tamar Highway to Exeter, then the Frankford Highway, and watch for a sign to the AsbestosRangeNational Park. Coming from Devonport take the Frankford Highway, and again watch out for the sign pointing to the park entrance.
MaslinBeach - Legal
PelicanPointBeach - Legal
About 220 km north east of Adelaide on the Sturt Highway at Barmera is LakeBonney, an off shoot of the Murray River. On the western shores of LakeBonney is Pelican Point, a legal clothing optional bathing and camping area, and adjacent to it is the Pelican Point Nudist Resort.
If you like lazing in the sun, canoeing, sailing, water skiing, or just getting away from life's hassles, all without clothes of course, then Pelican Point is for you. Bush camping is permitted, there is plenty of shade and a sheltered, sandy beach with safe swimming. You will have to rough it a little as there are no facilities provided at all. If you want comfort then best you stay in nearby Barmera and travel out to Pelican Point for day trips, or better still at the nudist resort right next door.
To get to Pelican Point turn off the Sturt Highway 4 km west of Barmera into Morgan Road then a short distance later turn east into Ireland Road which will take you in to the clothes optional beach. This is the only way into the beach.
Beachport – Legal
This legal clothes optional beach is situated mid way between Beachport and Robe approximately 350 km south east of Adelaide. The clothes optional section of the beach is actually sited adjacent to Sunland Holiday Village about 4 km south of Nora Creina Bay.
The beach faces west on to the Southern Ocean but is protected to some extent by an offshore reef. The sea bed slopes fairly gradually but some deep holes can occur where currents swirl around submerged rocks. Massive sparsely vegetated sand dunes form a back drop to the beach, separating it from SunlandHolidayVillage. With safe swimming, good fishing, and especially if you are taking advantage of the nudist camping at Sunland, then this is an ideal place for a family holiday.
From Adelaide take the Princes Highway (No 1) south east to Kingston, a distance of about 300 km, then turn on to the Alternate Highway No 1 and travel 39 km to Robe. At the Robe tee junction turn left and continue on route Alt No 1. After some 19 km veer right toward Beachport and after another 3 km turn right on to an unsealed road to Nora Creina (7 km). For 4WD vehicle access continue straight on at the next crossroads, following the track through to the village, passing the sign that points to the beach, and on between the shacks. This will take you over the headland and on to the southern beach. The clothes optional section begins about 4 km south of here, and continues for 500 metres. The signs are long gone but it begins at the rocks near the private track in to Sunland.
If you are in a conventional vehicle turn right at the Nora Creina sign but turn left at the crossroads and after 3 km (about 100 metres past the stock yards and windmill) you will find a gate on your right with Sunland on it. Enter here and continue down this private road to the steep hill where on the left is the entrance to SunlandHolidayVillage. Please report to the office before parking. You may then take the walking track up the hill and walk (approximately 8 minutes) to the beach.
From the Victorian direction via MountGambier you should take the Alternate Highway No 1 from Millicent via Beachport. About 16 km north of Beachport you will find a large sign on your left directing you to the Lake George Resort. Take this turn off but continue about 15 km past the Lake George Resort entrance until you come to the crossroads where you turn left in to Nora Creina. Of course if you wish to park at SunlandHolidayVillage you will need to enter their private road gate some 3 km earlier, about 100 metres south of the stock yards and windmill previously mentioned.
Should you be staying in this area for some time it is well worth the effort to visit Beachport, Nora Creina, Robe and many of the other little bays, as they offer quite a variety of scenery and charm. You may also wish to pick up a nice feed of fresh fish or crayfish for which this district is renowned.
Murrippi Beach – Legal
To get to Murrippi Beach from Whyalla travel south west along the Lincoln Highway toward Cowell for about 1.8 km. Turn left at the Eight Mile Creek turn off into Cowleds Landing Road and continue on past the sign to Eight Mile Beach for approximately another 5 km, past Mt Young, and then watch for a road leading off to the left. Take this road to the car park and walk through to the beach.
NthSwanbourneBeach – Unofficial
This is one of Australia’s most popular nude beaches, and very close to the Perth CBD. If you are planning to go to North Swanbourne it is a good idea to get out there early. Almost every day at around 11.00 am a strong south westerly sea breeze springs up, making conditions a little unpleasant. It is commonly known to the locals as the Fremantle Doctor because it saves Perth from sweltering in the midday heat on a hot summer's day.
To get to NorthSwanbourneBeach from Perth take the Stirling Highway south to Eric Street and continue west to the coast. Turn right into Marine Parade and follow this into the SwanbourneBeach car park. From here it is only a 300 metre walk north along the beach to the clothes optional area.
WarnbroBeach - Legal
WarnbroBeach near the coastal town of Rockingham, about 53 km south of Perth, has just recently been granted legal dress optional status, after many years of lobbying. The best time to enjoy this beach is in the morning. The firm clean sand, the crystal clear water, and the gentle waves makes swimming safe for even young children. But later in the day, when the south westerly sea breezes get up it can get to be quite unpleasant unless you have taken along a good wind break.
To get to WarnbroBeach head south along Rockingham Road and turn left into Read Street. After about 6.2 km it crosses over Safety Bay Road and changes to Warnbro Sound Drive. From here continue for another 2.7 km then turn right into Grand Ocean Boulevard. Continue along this street as it curves gently left. The bitumen gives way to a good sand surface, before you take a right turn where the sign directs you to the "Free Beach Car Park", which holds approximately 50 vehicles. Take the left (southern) walkway and the beach is about 50 metres away. Note that the car park is not a designated nude area.
From the car park turn-off 4WD vehicles have access to the southern end of the free beach about 1 km further on. The local Shire Council has done a lot of work in this area to try and stabilise the sand dunes and vegetation, so please take extra care not to unwittingly undo their good work by walking or driving where you should not be. By the way there are no facilities here at all so take everything you need with you.
Bunbury – Unofficial
This beach is situated at the northern end of GeographeBay, on the Indian Ocean about 180 km south of Perth. It is protected by the headlandCape Naturaliste. The beach is backed by the "Maidens", an A Class Nature Reserve of sand dunes with an abundance of wild life, which gives the area a certain amount of privacy.
To get to the beach drive south from Bunbury along Ocean Drive to the car park opposite the end of Hastie Street. Take the steps to the beach and turn left, or south, and walk for approximately 600 metres.
Ten Mile Lagoon – Legal
The seaside town of Esperance is situated approximately 1000 km from Perth, on the south coast to the western end of the Great Australian Bight. In 1983, following several complaints about nude bathing on some of the regular family beaches, the local shire council decided to solve the problem by designating one beach where people could go nude legally. Nine MileBeach was suitably signposted and included on tourist information leaflets and roadside location guides.
Since then the signs have been moved about one mile west to an area known as Ten Mile Lagoon. It has an off shore reef making it into a lagoon, so the surfers and fisherman don't go to it as they did to NineMileBeach. Travel some 17 km west of the town along the coastal road, slightly past the entrance into the second wind generating farm. Access to the beach is via steps down the steep slope. The eastern boundary starts at the steps where they join the beach and continues one kilometre west of that point. Naturists going nude outside these boundaries may run into trouble from shire rangers and others. Dogs are allowed on the beach.
Offshore is the Archipelago of the Recherche, a maze of 87 islands with 70 rocks and reefs above water and countless submerged reefs. It is a divers' and naturists' paradise. The best weather is January to the end of May. There are seven caravan parks close by. Other than the clothes optional beach Esperance has many points of interest, a notable one being the famous PinkLake.
CableBeach - Legal
Lying some 2200 km north of Perth and well inside the tropics the summer months in Broome are quite hot and humid with maximum temperatures of around 35 degrees Celsius. However, from April to September, with little rain and daytime temperatures in the mid twenties, it is an ideal place to escape the southern winters. CableBeach is situated 7 km from town along a good bitumen road. The beach itself is some 22.5 km long with beautiful white sand that sets so hard when the tide goes out that you scarcely leave foot prints at the water's edge. The water is crystal clear and the gentle swells hardly manage to topple over as they roll up onto the almost perfectly flat beach.
The clothes optional area is to the north of the beach access road from the car park, and continues to the mouth of WillieCreek, some 17 km away. This would almost make it the longest clothes optional beach in the world. 4WD vehicles may be driven onto the beach from the car park. This allows people to explore the beach at low tide to a much greater extent than would be possible on foot.
Casuarina Beach – Legal