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Published January 4th 2013
Leave your Speedos at home
Here's a riddle: how is Icelandic geology like nudism in Brisbane? On the surface it's plain and rocky, but underneath are rivers of red-hot pressurized magma. While Queensland is the only Australian state to prohibit nudism on beaches, it's also the home of steamy sex getaways where passion reigns and nudism is the rule, not the exception. In 2010, the White Cockatoo resort in the north of the state received media exposure for its practice of partner swapping and outdoor romance. As any practicing nudist will tell you, nudism – or naturism, if you like – is a lifestyle choice, not a sexual fetish or preference. Most nudists get nude for non-sexual reasons, and overt sexual behaviour at nudist events is usually frowned upon. In fact, nudist organizations like the Australian Nudist Federation hope that the association of nudism with sex fades as public nudism becomes more legal and those aroused by taboo take their business elsewhere. Why not do your part to help public opinion on nudism, then, and join in one of Brisbane's nude swimming nights? It might not be a steamy fantasy, but you'll get to leave the Speedos at home.
The family-friendly Aquarius Nature Retreat is about thirty kilometres south of Brisbane. It's very close to civilisation for a nudist reserve, with a shopping centre and cinema complex only ten minutes away. One of Brisbane's oldest nudist clubs, it's been active for over seven decades. As you'd expect, there's a ton of activities available: nude tennis, badminton, volleyball, and of course an outdoor swimming pool. You'll need to camp, but the club house has a kitchen with a stove and a refrigerator for communal use. Aquarius Nature Retreat is a place to get in touch with nature. Visitors are expected to call or email ahead to book a place, and – perhaps because of the resort's established place in the Brisbane nudist scene – the owners don't look kindly on people who try to bend the resort rules. You'll have to contact them via the website to find out where Aquarius Nature Retreat even is, so visitors will be safe from unsavoury drop-ins.
Adam and Eve Social Group
The manifesto of the Brisbane-based Adam and Eve Social Group reads like the dream of the sixties come to life. It's an association of friends who opt out of the materialistic hustle and bustle of the world to spend their time in "real peace, happiness and meaningful companionship". The goal is not just to have a fun time in the nude but to form deep, welcoming friendships – and as such, membership in the Adam and Eve Social Group is not easy to get. The Group is mostly made up of families and couples, and while single people are encouraged to attend the daytime outings, you'll need a partner to get into the evening functions. Any membership applications that are "detrimental to the harmony of the Group" will be rejected. Despite the slightly Orwellian phrasing, the Group is a vibrant nude community and one of the best options for a nude swimming pool night in Brisbane. Pool parties at members' homes are common, the website says, and in between there's enough camping trips, sports days and picnics to sate the most enthusiastic nudist.
The South East Community Sun Club
The South East Community Sun Club – or 'Sunnies' – is one of Brisbane's most active nudist clubs. The club organizes an event almost every weekend of the year, from swimming nights to an annual nude cruise at the beginning of summer. It's the most recent of these three Brisbane nudist clubs, so it's very beginner-friendly. First timers are welcome to remain clothed until they feel comfortable stripping off. The first Sunday of each month sees the club's monthly swim day, with pool volleyball available and afternoon tea provided. It's cheap, too – only ten dollars for members and fifteen dollars for non-members. Visit the website for more details (unfortunately Brazilian hackers have taken it down at the moment, but archive copies of the site are available from Google's cache).
Do you know another Brisbane nudist club that offers swimming nights? Want to host your own nude swimming night in your backyard and need to drum up support? Let us know in the comments – we'd love to hear from you.