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Published November 11th 2012
Speedos only slow you down
An enterprising Australian nudist might look at Europe with a burning envy. In a part of the world where any body parts left exposed in winter tend to fall off, and where even the summers are chilly in the shade, the nudist community is still better than over here. There are parks in Germany where businessmen shed their suits and eat lunch naked, with no journalists or reporters scaring people into a frenzy with the spectre of child abuse. In Sydney, though, something as innocuous as a naked bike ride day is met by annoyed policemen and a generally apathetic public.
The participants, on the other hand, are enthusiastic. (Picture taken at the Kiata Country Club)
You'd think that a country known for its pleasant weather, beaches and sunny skies would be a natural haven for nudism. Well, it is – but oddly enough, much of the exciting nudism is done inside. Here are a few places in Sydney where you can get naked in an indoor swimming pool. While it might not be as natural as nude bathing outdoors, the water is warmer and you're less likely to get sand in your crevices.
Coast and Valley Naturists Club
The Coast and Valley Naturists Club meets on the second Saturday of each month in northwest Sydney. From 6:30 to 9:30pm. There's a membership of about a hundred people, including men, women, families, younger and older people – everybody's welcome, in the words of the website, "with no restriction on marriage status, colour, or sexual orientation, but with a firm belief in equal rights for everybody". The club also advertises itself as a "family values" club, probably to deflect accusations of left-wing naked madness. There's an indoor pool at the venue, so why not head down and give some naked madness a shot?
Or partially clothed madness, whatever.
The Coast and Valley Naturists do other things as well – check their Events page for full details – including an annual nude beach cricket day. The cricket day, amusingly enough, is called the "Swinging Balls Shield".
Kiata Country Club
The Kiata Club calls itself Sydney's best known family nudist club. It's about an hour's drive from the Sydney city centre, on some private land between Windsor and Wisemans Ferry. Calling it an "nude swimming pool" is only a small part of the story – there's a full pool and sun deck, a small private beach, and even an enormous swimming dam complete with its own waterfall. You can buy a membership or just a visitor pass, and if you show up on the yearly Open Day you don't have to pay anything at all.
Kiata Country Club – and every other reputable nudist or naturist club – puts an emphasis on respect and courtesy. It's a family friendly place, with supervised child play areas, not a cruising ground, and visitors are expected to treat it as such. If you're looking for a swingers' night or an excuse to perv on some naked bodies, you won't be welcome here (and there's a "reason for wanting to visit" box in the visitor application to weed out some of the perverts). If, on the other hand, you're just looking for a chance to get naked and enjoy some fun activities, then you'll be more than welcome.
Do you know of any nude swimming pool nights in Sydney? Let us know in the comments. The nudist community in Australia is tenacious, as you'd expect, and it deserves all the help it can get.