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Published April 14th 2011
Beaches have always been favorites with Australians irrespective of the time and season of the year. Be it a wedding, party, weekend get away, romantic walk or just casual relaxation - nothing can beat the mood and spirit created by beaches. What if you get to enjoy nature in its truest form and still be connected with the beaches? Sounds appealing, doesn't it?
Shed your inhibitions as you shed your clothes on these beaches. For some these are just sea shores, for others these form a part of planet where nature is helmed for its creations - a world where nudity is appreciated for its purity and not scorned off for obscenity. Naked beaches or Nude beaches are a simulated heaven for naturists and nudists across the world.
The State of Victoria offers such unique experiences with nature at four different places. Naturists call it Nude beaches and the demure ones call it "Clothing Optional" beaches. These are the official beaches where you can walk around at complete ease in your bare skin and reconnect with the nature - after all clothes aren't nature's inventions. Naturists have fought a long battle with law and with the public perceptions to create these beaches and time stands testimony of the worthiness of this struggle. The sense of freedom which you will experience here can be paralleled to none. Well, without further delay let me introduce you to these wonders.
1. Sunnyside North Beach This beach is situated at Mt. Eliza in Mornington Peninsula and serves as an attraction for many tourists. It doesn't matter whether you are a single person, couple, with family or just a bunch of friends. As long as you enjoy the touch of cool breeze and warmth of sunshine on your skin you can have your share of fun here. It is a fairly long beach and is well guarded by a private property so that you can cherish your privacy. If you plan to visit this beach then it might be useful to collect information about its location as such beaches are often away from the hobnob of public glare. To go to Sunnyside beach get on the Napean Highway and drive down to take a right on Sunnyside Rd. After a walk of a few hundred metres you can see this beach. Click here to find its route.
2. Point Impossible Beach Do not go by its name. It is absolutely possible and legal too, to take off your clothes on this beach and experience the resonance of sea with the sand. Bask in the openness of nature and beautiful sand dunes and overwhelm your senses with the spacious beach of Point Impossible. Touted as one of the finest nude beaches of Australia, this beach is located on the southern coastline of Victoria and is well marked on both ends as "clothing optional". This status was officially granted to it in 1983. Plenty of car park space is available here so just drive down on a weekend and let down your hair in the lap of nature in the most natural way. Get plenty of minerals for your skin when you swim bare in the sea or just surf naked on the waves - options are plenty. Click here to find the route to this beach.
3. Campbell's Cove Beach Get a good dose of Vitamin D and let the sun rub some natural tan on your skin on this beach, which is just a little away from Werribee. Not many people recommend this place due to its unclean sea water and absence of sand on its beach although you can still stroll naked on it. With some clean up and stringent council regulations this beach certainly can become a hot spot for naturists to get that clothes free experience. To reach this place drive from Duncan's Rd on to Aviation Rd. Click here to see a detailed route.
4. Southside Beach This beach is the perfect abode for nudists on windy days. The romanticism of beach can be thoroughly enjoyed at this place as it is located in the cove. You can enjoy the double perks of protection from wind and exclusive rendezvous with nature without any peek-a-boo from nosy people. This beach is located in Torquay and gained the status of optional clothing in the year 1986. It is very near to Point Impossible beach so you can plan to cover both these places when you make a trip this side.
Well if you are someone who loves flaunting your beachwears then do not get disappointed. Shedding clothes is optional on these beaches but not mandatory. You can still enjoy your time here dressed in your favorite beachwear but make sure you do not break the decorum created for the sanctity of these places.
Here are some tips which will come in handy for you, especially if you are a first timer:
1. Carry enough sun tan protection with you and rub it all over your body. Remember, if you're naked it will burn everywhere.
2. Whether you are clothed or nude, respect others' privacy and do not stare at them.
3. Do not engage in improper activities. Remember that these beaches are for you to enjoy the epitome of freedom and feel good about your body.
4. Last but not least, be hygienic in using public property (like a chair) if you dare to bare.
Explore the naturist in you and experience the distinct appeal of these Nude beaches. Make your holiday more exciting and drop your hesitations in nature's way.