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Published August 22nd 2017
Have you ever wanted to visit a nudist beach?
The beautiful and secluded beach you'll read about below is of Kings Beach in the Broken Head Nature Reserve just south of Byron Bay. It goes down on my list as one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever stumbled across, but 'Kings' offers a very different beach experience - due to the fact it is a nudist beach.
Kings Beach is a beautiful horseshoe shaped beach with rocky outcrops on either side. If you feel adventurous and don't mind a bit of rock jumping, make your way on either side to the neighbouring beaches - the one to the south is a real treat. Along 'Kings' there is a large quantity of Pandanus trees that line the beach providing much-needed shade and protection from the sun, but better get in quick as it becomes prime real estate very quickly!
In all honesty, I had no idea that this particular beach came with a personal preference on whether you wanted to wear clothes whilst enjoying the sun before heading down to it. But on a warm winter's day in Byron Bay, the crowds gather quickly at the beaches and I was seeking a much more quieter atmosphere. Being a massive fan of the beaches of Broken Head and Suffolk Park I set my sights on finding the perfect spot for a great day on the beach.
A mere ten-minute drive from the hub of Byron Bay you will find Broken Head Nature Reserve. Head towards the Caravan Park and you'll see parking for the nearby beach on your left, but you'll want to take the narrow dirt road known as Seven Mile Road on your right-hand side to get to the Kings Beach car park.
As stated on the sign (featured below) at the car park the walk is fairly short, being only a 30 minute return walk along the pathway it is not an intense hike but it can get steep in places. It's important to note if you hope to spend the entire day at Kings Beach to make sure you go prepared; have your sunscreen, water, hat, towels and food before you go there, as there aren't any shops nearby and you won't really want to leave. Don't worry too much on picking out the perfect swimsuit, no one will be looking to see if you're wearing high-end labels!
The car park & sign before the short hike to Kings Beach
On your walk be sure to keep an eye out along the trail and to the ocean view for wildlife - you may be delighted to catch a glimpse of dolphins, whales, wallabies, bush turkeys and/or the bird life that call this surrounding National Park home.
Once I stepped foot on the beach I realised that a few, but not too many others, had the same bright idea as me for the day. It was nearing 30 odd degrees on a winter's day but I thought it was a bit unjustified to be completely butt-naked even with the conditions. Obviously, my innocence and naivety was quickly surpassed to the realisation as to what I'd stumbled onto.
Catching a glimpse of the beautiful beach from the walk down to it
For my first but definitely not my last time on a nudist beach, I hope it's not weird to say that I absolutely loved the experience. Although I'm not the most confident girl and with the number of men easily outweighing the women, I'm proud I managed my experience surprisingly well - one could say I even enjoyed it. I think I can thank the natural serenity and beauty of Kings Beach for that one. Plus I actually found there is a great sense of self-confidence and pride when stripping down on the beach with absolutely nothing to hide behind. Remember though, if you don't feel like going, as I like to call it the 'Full Monty', you are able to do whatever you feel comfortable with.
I read somewhere on Facebook about a girl I know asking what to do to get her "beach body" ready in time for summer. The response she received was simple, a man had said to get a beach body all you need is to have a body and go to the beach. I now know what he meant!