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Published March 9th 2012
Nudism in South Australia
The greatest things in life, of course, are getting food and getting naked. You might consider it a tragedy that doing the first is legal in public while the second, generally, is not. Until the world wakes up and sees the truth, we must all keep our nudity strictly private – or head down to one of Australia's many nude beaches. There's a strong nudist (or 'naturist') community in South Australia, and due to their tireless efforts there are at least three such places near Adelaide.
From the website of Free Beaches Australia.
Yes, Maslin Beach is the closest, but it's far from the only one. If you know of a better place to feel sun and sand on your skin, tell us in the comments (so long as it's legal). There's no point keeping it to yourself – if you want to be nude in private, there's a whole backyard just waiting for you.
Maslin Beach is the closest nude beach to Adelaide: a 45 kilometre drive through Morphett Vale along Main South Road will take you to the main car park. However, there's another car park on a cliff top a few minutes down Tuit Road, and aspiring nudists would do well to head here instead. Unfortunately, nude bathing is only legal on the southern half of Maslin Beach (still about a kilometre and a half of beachfront), and the main car park puts you right up at the northern half.
As you'd expect from a beach so close to Adelaide, the facilities are pretty good – there's a toilet block and showers on the stairs leading up to the cliff top car park. In fact, your only problem might be avoiding the crowds of similarly-minded beachgoers. Whether you like clouds or not, you ought to head down once a year to catch the Maslin Beach Nude Olympics, complete with 'best bum' competition, informal events, and strictly no sack races.
Pelican Point Beach
The second-closest nude beach to Adelaide is Pelican Point Beach, about 220 kilometres north-east along the Sturt Highway. It's on the shore of Lake Bonney, right next to the Pelican Point Nudist Resort, so at least one group of naturists thinks this beach is worth checking out. Basically (unless you're staying at the resort) it's a paradise for the adventurous nudist – and what other kind is there? Pelican Point has no public facilities, so you're free to set up a campsite and decide for yourself what activities you'd like to engage in naked. Sailing, canoeing, hiking are all excellent options, although it would probably be wise to bring hiking boots and a life jacket.
No matter how enthusiastic a nudist you are, bear in mind that, in the South Australian wilderness, maximum exposure isn't always a good thing.
Finally there's the imaginatively-named Beachport Beach, midway between the towns of Beachport and Robe, about 350 kilometres south-east of Adelaide. It's a large beach, with huge sand dunes, an offshore reef that offers some protection from Southern Ocean waves, and the occasional treacherous current. To get to the part of it where nude bathing is legal, head to Sunland Holiday Village (which offers nudist camping, by the way) then take a walk over the dunes to a five hundred metre stretch of nude beach. Swimming there is reasonably safe and, so long as you stay out of the way of unprotected swimmers, there's some good fishing as well.
If you've travelled the distance from Adelaide, it's probably worth making a trip of it and checking out the nearby series of bays. Beachport also has the second-longest jetty in South Australia, clocking in at 772 metres, and is renowned for its crayfish. After all, there's no better way to refuel after a nude adventure than to tuck into some delicious lobster.
Never been to the place nr Beachport but have heard that it is can be tricky to find. My favourite is Pelican Point: an excellent spot for nudie camping. I go there to photograph the dead trees in the water in the twilight, and have camped there four times since 2012. The old toilet block burnt down some years ago, and the Shire rebuilt one anew. There is a water tank there but it did not have a tap on it -- probably for firefighting purposes (?), so BYO water. Eastern brown snakes occupy the sandy scrubland that backs onto the carpark, and tiger snakes have been seen in the reeds further north. If you are walking around on a hot day or evening, put boots on and even better, supplement them with gaiters and keep a keen eye on anything that moves. Niggles about snakes aside, this is the place to be when the sun sets and the twilight colours the sky with mauve and pink, the ghostly forms of the drowned trees presenting a splendid spectacle just begging to be photographed.