Forming part of suburban Adelaide, Maslin Beach (or Maslins) is located in the City of Onkaparinga local government area of the city. Most of the beach lies within a special recreation reserve. This incorporates the curving sand of the beach, together with the low grassy dunes and bare sedimentary cliffs which line it. Its southern end became Australia’s first official nudist beach right back in 1975.
Not only is Maslin Beach one of the oldest nude beaches in Australia, it is also one of the most famous, for Maslin is home to the Pilwarren Maslin Beach Nude Games. In case you are thinking the name isn’t too catch there is a story behind that. The games began in the early 80s under the title of the Maslin Beach Nude Olympics, with events like the sack race, three-legged race, tug-of-war and frisbee tossing (yes, ho ho!). However, in 2013 the organiser ran into some trouble when the actual Olympic organisation got wind of the games. Changing the name to Pilwarren Maslin Beach Nudo Lympics didn’t cut it with the IOC either so the final name change was made to avoid any further brand confusion!
Three kilometres in length, Maslin Beach provides plenty of space on its soft pale sands for both clothed and nude bathers. Its broad, flat expanse provides plenty of space for beach games, although there are few facilities beyond the car park. The cliffs at Blanche Point towards the northern end of the beach is a popular picnic spot.
With a low incline, entry into the beaches waters is easy and the shallows are known to be a good spot for swimming, snorkelling and even scuba diving. However, beachgoers need to be competent in the water since there is no lifeguard presence.
Dogs can be freed of their leads on northern sections.
- Diving & snorkelling
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