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Published December 4th 2011
Let's start with a warning: nude bathing, or 'naturism', is illegal in Queensland. Strip off on a warm beach and you'll be liable for an instant fine. Nevertheless, the human spirit knows no bounds, and while the Free Beach Association of Queensland lobbies to legalize public nakedness, there are a few unofficial nude hotspots within driving distance of Brisbane. If you don't share the Queensland government's fear of deviants - or if you're a bit of a deviant yourself - then you've got some interesting options. Just remember to wear sunscreen.
The area between Granite and Alexandria Bay at Noosa Heads used to be a nude bathing favourite - secluded, beautiful and private - but since then they've upgraded the nearby walking trails. Unless you're interested in putting on a show for daywalkers and backpackers, head on down to Alexandria Bay itself for some privacy. It's a 3km scenic walk that you'll probably want shoes for, but once you reach the southern end of the beach you can lose them (and everything else).
Buchans Point is the closest thing Cairns Beaches has to a nude beach. Sandwiched between Ellis Beach and Palm Cove, Buchans Point has attracted naturists of all shapes and sizes since the fifties. It's favoured by the Cairns Sunboys - a gay nude social group - and is one of the areas that the Free Beach Association is trying to get legalized. Go ahead and make a protest by yourself - a one-person Occupy movement, only with more nudity.
Balding Bay Beach
Despite its questionably legal status, Balding Bay Beach is a very strong contender for the best nudist beach in Australia. It's on Magnetic Island, off the coast of Townsville, and requires either a boat or about an hour's walk to get to. Backpackers can stay in the nearby campground - and conversely, if you're a non-nudist backpacker, be aware that this beach is likely to have naked people on it.
There are plenty more nudist beaches along the Sunshine Coast and elsewhere: Pretty Beach, Cape Kimberly and Cow Bay, for example. If you think one of these deserves top three status, or if you're a Queensland policeman, leave your thoughts (or warnings) in the comments - we'd love to hear from you.
hey,the closest beach to brissie is flinders beach on straddie but only at high tide,you get 3 hours with no fourbys driving by .next best and only a little over an hour from the centre of town is the northern nsw beaches long empty beaches
I went to Byron today and the beach just north was very open and windswept???I think kings Beach just south would be better and I will try that next time. The gays don't worry me as they are usually very friendly and keep to themselves...
A really good free beach in NSW is Birdie Beach just south of Newcastle...it's secluded but not too far to walk. The surf is great and there are usually more couples than singles there on a warm busy day...it also has an alcove to protect against the wind...it really is a lovely beach with access on a hot mix tarred road all the way with brand new toilets and parking area...
I also went to Wooyung Beach just south of Pottsville in Northern NSW. It's a lovely beach but I didn't see any nude bodies there even though Australian Nudist website said it was an unofficial nude beach...I have to say it was a great spot but I have concerns over the bone fide of whether it's a nude beach or not
I will be in Brisbane on a layover Sept .
I will be staying at The traders hotel.
How can I get to Alexandria beach ?
I don't drive in Australia of fear of the opposite side of the road
I enjoy sunbathing naked whenever I can mostly in the backyard would like to see Queensland change it's mind on the legal side as most people do it for an allover tan nothing illicit towards other people just natural everyone has the right to that
Very disappointing Queensland & particularly the Gold Coast. NO Nude beaches at all. I thought Australia had moved on from the 1920t's now I'm not so sure. Perhaps Joe Bejelki-Petersen still has his grip firmly around your throats. Sad from Southern NSW.
There are No Nude beaches near Brisbane,, the closest one is Noosa at Alexandra Bay,, Bribie island there is one but gets Police attention also at Southport Spit near Sea World,,, Byron Bay would be the pick (Hour & half drive) south of Brisbane,, it is a legal beach & also there is a Lake just off the road also Nude & a great spot to spend the day,, great for singles, families & couples... See you there!
i think there should be legalized nudist beaches for those that enjoy the freedom of being naked outdoors like myself & those that dont enjoy being naked outdoors can go to other places to enjoy there days out
Hello from Brazil
We are glad to know your site. We are naturists here in Brazil, also usually We attend our beautiful beaches.
We'll be in Australia in November next and would like to know the naturist beaches in the region of Brisbaine.
So, see you soon.