20 Best Nude Beaches in Australia
If you're looking to bare all down under then it's mostly good news. With thousands of miles of coast, much of which is fairly remote, there are any number of beaches where no one will bat an eyelid if you choose to go au naturel.
Surprisingly enough one of the best places to go skinny dipping is in Sydney itself where there are a handful of recognised nude beaches. In fact New South Wales in general is well ahead of the rest of Australia with 20 legal clothing optional beaches.
Slightly disappointing is that some of the best naturist beaches in Australia are not legally recognised. In fact there are no official nude beaches in either Queensland or Tasmania, but with the exception of a few well-known problem spots you are very unlikely to be bothered by the long arm of the law.
The list of nudist beaches below includes both official and unofficial beaches. Further information is provided on the current status in the descriptions.
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Cable Beach in Broome is a long, flat, sandy beach, and by long we mean 22 kilometres (15 miles) long. It isn't just quantity over quality either; the beach here is beautiful white sand lapped by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Much Cable beach backs on to gently sloping sand dunes, and in other places there are low cliffs of deep red sandstone.
Given… read more »
On the opposite side of Noosa Head's famous headland, Alexandria Bay is a quieter location for soaking up the tranquility and rays on this golden sandy beach. The only way in is on foot, either from Noosa Heads (3.5km through the Noosa National Park) or 20 minutes on foot from McAnally Drive on Sunshine Beach (1.3km).
Away from the crowds on Noosa Main… read more »
Located roughly 20 minutes from Perth by road, Swanbourne North Beach is part of a long ribbon of soft white sand which stretches for 12 kilometres.
One of only two officially-recognised nudist beaches in the Perth area, this clothing-optional section of the larger Swanbourne Beach can be found around 300 m north of the car park, where dunes 10-20 m high begin to form. The dunes… read more »
A subsection of One Mile Beach where nude bathing is officially permitted, the clean sands of Samurai Beach lies in Tomaree National Park north of Newcastle. It is mainly used by older naturists.
Situated close to the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary, it can be reached via an unsurfaced track, necessitating the use of a four-wheel drive vehicle.
A beautiful stretch of secluded coastline backed… read more »
The white sands of Warnbro Beach arc for almost the entire 8.5 kilometre length of its bay. Pointing west towards The Sisters tree-topped offshore rocks, it lies on the Indian Ocean coast of Western Australia in the southern Port Kennedy suburb of Perth.
A dog-friendly beach, there is a 900 metre section about midway which has also been designated a "Free Beach", making it one… read more »
Situated within the greenery of Sydney Harbour National Park is a secluded, pretty little sandy cove. Obelisk Beach is tucked away behind Middle Head, only a stone's throw from Mosman and neighbouring Balmoral Beach. However, this hidden beach feels a world apart being sufficiently off the beaten track to rarely attract a crowd.
Getting to Obelisk beach involves at least some walking including a long set… read more »
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… read more »
There's no real need to guess the length of Seven Mile Beach, although there may have been some rounding error! Situated between Nowra and Kiama, the beach comes in at 12 kilometres (7.8 miles) long. Backed almost exclusively by uninterrupted littoral forest with eucalyptus (gum) trees, it is encompassed into Seven Mile Beach National Park.
Its long ribbon of pale sand gets wider and narrow due… read more »
Also known as Lady Jane Beach, this little beach is located just around the corner from Camp Cove in Watsons Bay. The beach here sits on the sheltered harbour-facing side of South Head making it and ideal spot for taking a dip, or just taking in the views across the harbour. And don't worry if you forget your cozzie, Lady Bay is also a designated nude bathing… read more »
Washaway Beach faces east into Sydney Harbour with superb views across to Balmoral and the Manley Ferry coming and going. After a storm, the sand really does get washed away, exposing the rocky slab beneath! At other times it boasts a 200m stretch of sand and waves usually 0.5m or more, depending on the outside swell.
At high tide you may have to sunbathe on the… read more »
Sometimes called Big Marley Beach, this stretch of sand sits within Royal National Park just south of Sydney. One of the largest beaches within reach of the city, its gently sloping orange-yellow sands give way to sand dunes covering an area of 130,000 square metres.
Facing towards the southeast, Marley Beach is just under 400 metres in length, and about the same in depth. Horizontal rocks… read more »
Byron Bay's Belongil Beach sits on a sandbar which runs for 2.5 kilometres from Main Beach car park to the mouth of Belongil Creek. On its opposite side is Tyagarah Beach.
Less crowded than Main Beach, Belongil Beach is generally considered a good place to swim and otherwise enjoy the water, with lifeguard patrols at its southern end between the red and yellow flags.
Its expansive… read more »
Situated close to the northernmost point of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park north of Sydney, Flint and Steel Beach is an area of sand just a few tens of metres in length. Overlooking the Hawkesbury River, it can only be reached on foot or by boat. The nearest car park is located approximately one kilometre away in either direction along a signposted path.
Backed by a grassy… read more »
Birdie Beach is located within Munmorah State Conservation Area between Sydney and Newcastle. For much of its length it is nothing more than a pristine stretch of sand backed by low dunes and grasses before giving way to Elizabeth Bay Drive.
The exact length of Birdie Beach is difficult to determine since it runs without break into Mackenzie Reserve Budgewoi Beach on its southern side… read more »
Sunnyside North Beach is the only officially sanctioned nudist beach on the east side of Port Philip Bay, with a clothing-optional rule meaning you can cover up if you choose to.
It is located between Manmangur Creek and Sunnyside Drive. The creek lies on its southernmost side and separates it from the narrow expanse of Bidwell Beach. On its northern side, Sunnyside Drive is the only… read more »
A treasure of Australia's tropical north, Cow Bay Beach occupies a stunning part of coastal Shire County. Part of the Daintree Rainforest and the Wet Tropics UNESCO World Heritage Site, the nearby township has a population of just 202 permanent residents, which seems like a shocking statistic given its astonishing natural beauty.
Backed by forested hills, Cow Bay Beach is a broad… read more »
Located at the point at which the southern Sydney suburbs rub up against the Royal National Park, Jibbon Beach and the nearby Little Jibbon Beach face north into the outer reaches of Port Hacking.
Jibbon Beach is approximately 700 meters in length and made up of clean yellow sands dotted with occasional flat rock protruding up from beneath the surface. Part shaded by trees and other… read more »
Backed by grassy bluffs, Miners Beach is a blend of large pebbles and fine light sand. An unofficial nudist beach on the Port Macquarie coastline, it can be reached via the steps leading down from Green Point car park. Its unofficial nature means that police crackdowns on naturist bathing sometimes takes place, although there's rarely large numbers who congregate here.
Part of this reason is that… read more »
Midway along the northern coast of Tasmania, Bakers Beach lies next to a small rural community of the same name with a permanent population of just 60 individuals. Forming an impressive ribbon of golden sand, it runs along the Bass Strait for close to seven kilometres. It has a very slight curve to its otherwise straight appearance as it faces northeast.
Its rough midpoint can be… read more »
Situated very near the northernmost point of the Exmouth Peninsula, Mauritius Beach is easily reached by road. At its northern end lies the Jurabi Turtle Centre and Ningaloo Lighthouse Holiday Park, while at its southern end it runs continuously into Jims Beach.
Approximately 400 metres long by 50 metres wide at low tide, Mauritius Beach was declared a clothing optional beach in 1999 by… read more »