Even in the skimpiest of bathing suits it's easy to feel overdressed at Maslin Beach. Many beach-goers wear a hat, a smile, and very little else. It is, of course, famous for being Australia's first official nude beach.
So famous that a film entitled Maslin Beach was created in 1997 with the amusing tagline and premise, 'How do you propose to your girlfriend with a bunch of naked people around?' It captures a day in the life of a nudist beach and the natural beauty of Maslin's.
There is no denying that the beach is absolutely stunning. The sand is clean, the water is clear and usually quite calm, and the craggy cliffs provide a dramatic backdrop. It is the ideal location for a refreshing swim, long walk, or a friendly cricket match on the beach.
And for an even all-over tan, Maslin Beach is the place to go. It's one of the few places in South Australia where public displays of nudity are acceptable. But if the breeze between your bits doesn't appeal, that's perfectly fine because the beach is about three kilometres in length and for the most part clothing is compulsory.
Signs are posted to clearly indicate where and when appropriate attire is required. Nude sunbathing and swimming are only permitted in a designated section at the very southern end of the beach, which is a good 800 metre walk along the sand from the main entrance, so it is possible to avoid the bare bronzed bottoms.
You will, however, be missing out on the most picturesque part of the beach. The southern end is where the caves and crevices of the ochre-coloured cliffs curve to form an idyllic cove of soft golden sand and azure blue sea. It would almost feel like your very own piece of paradise, if it weren't packed with private parts.
The southern end can be reached directly from a series of steep stairs on the cliff-top car park off Tuit Avenue. The descent from the stairs provides the most incredible seascape of Maslin Beach. If you're not out of breath negotiating the staircase, the view is certain to take your breath away.
There are two other entrances on Gulf Parade distanced away from the nudist area. All of the entrances are serviced with a car park, public restroom, and rubbish bins. At the northern end, there are also barbecue facilities and some play equipment for children.
Nude or not, don't forget your sunscreen and if you're planning on spending the day at Maslin Beach, you'd be wise to pack some provisions for lunch as there aren't any shops near the beach. Situated off Old Coach Road on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Maslin Beach is just under an hour's drive south of Adelaide. Its neighbouring beaches and suburbs are Moana, Port Willunga, and Aldinga Beach.
In January, Maslin's hosts the annual Pilwarren Maslin Beach Nude Games. It was previously known as the Nude Olympics, but the Australian Olympic Committee didn't approve of the association. Hundreds of people attend the event to compete in games for adults and children, such as a three-legged race, tug of war, and a water balloon throwing contest. There is also the prestigious 'best bum' competition and the crowning of Ms Maslin Beach.
Make a trip to Maslin Beach for an iconic South Australian experience and a superb slice of the state's coastline that welcomes the clad and the unclad.