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AUSTRALIA
Australian Capital
Territory (A.C.T.)
New South
Wales
Northern
Territory
Queensland
South
Australia
Victoria
Western
Australia
There are no listings for Tasmania.

Australian Capital Territory      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      A bit smaller than Rhode Island and completely surrounded by New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory is a federal district located about 300 kilometers southwest of Sydney and about 150 kilometers inland from the coast. Kambah Pool 35.3930S, 149.0106E  is a popular swimming area along the Murrumbidgee River, about 18 kilometers southwest of the city center of Canberra, which is Australia's capital city and the only city in the A.C.T. Part of Kambah Pool just downstream from the main swimming area is officially signed for naturist use.


New South Wales      MAP

      Although it is about 15% larger than Texas, New South Wales ranks fifth in land area among Australia's eight major states and territories. However, with about 7.6 million residents, it is the most populous state in Australia and contains about one-third of the population of the entire country. Sydney is the largest city in both New South Wales and Australia, containing about 60% of the state's population and about 20% of the country's population. The coastline of New South Wales is the southern part of Australia's eastern coast, and measured very generally it is about 1,100 kilometers long. Following a coastal driving route along the entirety of the state's coastline, that distance increases to about 1,400 kilometers. About one third of the coastline is south of Sydney and two thirds is north of Sydney.

NUDE BEACHES—Sydney Area

      Cosmopolitan Sydney is one of the few cities in the world that offer multiple nude beaches within its metro area, and most of these beaches are scattered along the various inlets that give Sydney its distinctive and intricate coastal geography. Port Jackson is the most important of Sydney's waterways, and it is a complex estuary that consists of three main arms. One of these arms is Sydney Harbour, which is the location of the central business district (CBD) as well as two iconic structures—the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Although technically Sydney Harbour is the largest arm of Port Jackson, the terms "Sydney Harbour" and "Port Jackson" are often used synonymously.

      On the south side of the entrance to Sydney Harbour, about 7 kilometers east (as the crow flies) of the bridge and opera house, Lady Bay Beach 33.8355S, 151.2795E  (also known as Lady Jane Beach) is perhaps the best known nude beach in Australia since it has been visited by nudists at least since the early 70's. These days, it is mostly a gay beach. Across the water on the north side of the entrance to Sydney Harbour, there are two more nude beaches: Cobblers Beach 33.8261S, 151.2629E  and Obelisk Beach 33.8298S, 151.2609E  . These two beaches are very close together, perhaps 10 minutes apart on foot. In a nutshell, Cobblers is attended by straight nudists while Obelisk is an almost exclusively gay beach. Lady Bay, Cobblers and Obelisk have several common attributes: they are all centrally located (about 12 kilometers by car from the CBD); they are all legally designated for naturist use; they are all rather small beaches; and they all have spectacular views of the harbor (but Lady Bay is the only one with a view of the Sydney skyline).

      There are three more well-established nude beaches in the Sydney area that are all toward or just beyond the south end of the metro area. About 15 kilometers south of the CBD, Little Congwong Beach 33.9914S, 151.2382E  lies on the north side of Botany Bay. Farther south, Little Jibbon Beach 34.0765S, 151.1673E  is on the south side of the entrance to Port Hacking, which is yet another of Sydney's many coastal inlets. Little Jibbon is literally about 23 kilometers south of the CBD, but it is over twice that distance by car. Both Little Congwong and Little Jibbon are unofficial nude beaches, and of the two, Little Congwong draws larger crowds. Farther south, about 60 kilometers from the CBD, Werrong Beach 34.2041S, 151.0205E  lies near the south end of Royal National Park, and it is a little outside the metro area of Sydney, lying closer to the center of the medium-sized city of Wollongong than to the Sydney CDB. Werrong is a particularly beautiful beach that is a legal nude beach, and it differs from the previous five beaches in two key ways: it faces the open ocean rather than a coastal inlet, and it requires a substantially longer and more taxing hike to reach.

NUDE BEACHES—South of Sydney

      About 200 kilometers south of Sydney, the Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) is a small entity that is technically independent of New South Wales. While nude bathing is not legal in the JBT, discreet nudity is well known to occur at secluded locations along the large and beautiful body of water called Jervis Bay, particularly at the Scottish Rocks / Hole in the Wall 35.1366S, 150.7447E  area along the southern side of the bay. Farther south, Armands Bay 36.5101S, 150.0589E  is about 400 kilometers south of Sydney and about 130 kilometers north of the Victoria border. This rather remote cove is the only legally designated nude beach along the south coast of New South Wales, and it is quite a distance from any major towns.

NUDE BEACHES—North of Sydney

      If you were to take a driving trip starting in Sydney and going north all the way to the border with Queensland, generally staying as close as possible to the coastline of New South Wales, you'd be traveling about 820 kilometers, and the trip would take about 12 hours with no stops. About every one to two hours, you would be fairly close at hand to a well-established nude beach.

      Going north from Sydney, the first such nude beach is Birdie Beach 33.2028S, 151.6100E  , which is about 115 kilometers north of Sydney and 45 kilometers south of Newcastle. Farther north, Samurai Beach 32.7658S, 152.1271E  is about 50 kilometers northeast of Newcastle in the Port Stephens area. Both Birdie Beach and Samurai Beach are legally designated nude beaches, and since both are reasonably close to Newcastle, they are both popular beaches. With over half a million people, the Greater Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated region of New South Wales after Sydney. Samurai Beach in particular has developed something akin to a cult following due in part to the other-worldly feel of its immense landscape of low sand dunes, and it is a beach where four-wheel driving and informal camping is possible. Moving farther north, Shelly Beach 32.3293S, 152.5451E  near the town of Forster is about 280 kilometers north of Sydney and about halfway between the major towns of Newcastle and Port Macquarie. It is a hidden yet easily accessible beach that is unofficially visited by nudists, and it is rarely crowded with nudists or textiles. (Lest there be any confusion, note that there are a number of beaches in Australia named "Shelly" or "Shelley," including another nude beach named Shelly Beach that is in Queensland.)

      Not quite 400 kilometers north of Sydney, Port Macquarie is roughly the halfway point between Sydney and the Queensland border. It is here that you will find Miners Beach 31.4659S, 152.9341E  , which is a large and uncrowded beach where that is a well-established nude beach even though it is not officially designated as such. About 90 kilometers farther north, North Smoky Beach 30.9170S, 153.0859E  near the town of South West Rocks has a sign along the access trail that warns "Caution, nude bathers use beach ahead," but this isolated beach is just as likely to be deserted as to have nude or textile visitors, and it is among the lesser known of Australia's nude beaches. Another 100 or so kilometers to the north, Little Diggers Beach 30.2700S, 153.1443E  is a somewhat better known but unofficial nude beach in Coffs Harbour.

      About 250 kilometers north of Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay is about 65 kilometers south of the Queensland border, and it is considerably closer to Brisbane (170 kilometers) than to Sydney (over 750 kilometers). Very popular with tourists, Byron Bay is a small coastal town whose bohemian culture has been strongly influenced by artists, surfers and the gay and lesbian community, and there are two popular nude beaches in the area. Just south of town, Kings Beach 28.7102S, 153.6170E  is a hidden and exceptionally beautiful cove where nudity is very well established but not officially authorized, and it is well known as the gay beach of Byron Bay. On the north side of town, North Belongil Beach 28.6110S, 153.5808E  is a segment of an expansive beach that extends more than 10 kilometers, and a 2-kilometer-long stretch has been officially designated for nude use since 1998. North Belongil draws a more mixed crowd of nudists compared to nearby Kings.

NATURIST RETREATS—South of Sydney

     River Island Nature Retreat    34.3643S, 150.1096E     E
          Mittagong

     Pineforest Retreat    35.0419S, 150.6130E     E
          Huskisson

NATURIST RETREATS—North of Sydney

     Le Château Naturiste    32.7204S, 152.1439E     E
          Nelson Bay (Port Stephens)

     Twin Falls    31.4918S, 152.4812E     E
          Ellenborough

     Sylvan Glade B & B    30.6413S, 152.8788E     E
          Bowraville

     Glenreagh Naturist Retreat    30.0909S, 152.9742E     E
          Glenreagh

     Wrenbrook Naturist Retreat    28.8851S, 152.5635E     E
          Tabulam

NATURIST RETREATS—Northern Hinterland

     Running Bare Retreat    30.4557S, 149.7095E     E
          Narrabri

PLACES TO STAY—GAY—Sydney

     Governors on Fitzroy    33.8848S, 151.2154E     E
          Surry Hills

PLACES TO STAY—GAY—Far North

     Balin Garu    29.5187S, 152.6640E     E
          Lilydale

     Revelwood Rainforest Retreat    28.7225S, 153.5090E     E
          Binna Burra


Northern Territory      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Over twice the size of Texas but with just 230,000 people, the vast and nearly empty Northern Territory is one of the most unpopulated expanses of land anywhere on the planet. About two-thirds of the population live either within the metropolitan area of Darwin, the capital city, or the nearby satellite town of Palmerston. Despite such a small population, there is nonetheless a legal nude beach. About 15 kilometers northeast of the Darwin city center, part of Casuarina Beach 12.3481S, 130.8778E  has been designated for nude use since 1976, but it is never crowded. Remote Darwin is the northernmost major town in Australia, and it lies more or less at the top of the country, on the central part of the vast, tropical northern coast. The climate of Darwin is quite hot, with little variation in temperature from month to month. Daytime highs are typically around 32°C (90°F).

NATURIST RETREATS

     Top End Naturist Recreation Retreat    12.8283S, 130.9426E     E
          Darwin River


Queensland      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Among Australia's states and territories, Queensland ranks second in land area and third in population. This mammoth state is well over 2.5 times the size of Texas and is also larger than Alaska, but about two-thirds of Queensland's 4.5 million residents are concentrated in the far southeastern corner of the state. The capital city of Brisbane accounts for about 45% of all Queenslanders, while the urbanized coastal areas known as the Gold Coast (south of Brisbane) and the Sunshine Coast (north of Brisbane) collectively account for another 20%. From Brisbane, go north about 500 kilometers and you will reach the start of the Great Barrier Reef near the Tropic of Capricorn. This natural wonder like no other continues northward all the way to the northernmost point of Queensland (and all of Australia), stretching over 2,000 kilometers along the northern part of Australia's eastern coast.

      Of the six states and two major territories of Australia, Queensland is one of just two that does not have any legally designated nude beaches. (The other one is the considerably smaller and less populated island-state of Tasmania.) The first legal nude beach in Australia dates all the way back to 1975, but, more than a decade into the 21st century, Queensland officials continue to spurn the efforts of naturists to establish a beach where bare bathing can be practiced lawfully. With multiple thousands of kilometers of coastline, it certainly isn't for lack of space. Other Australians sometimes refer to Queensland as the Deep North, which is a (usually derisive) comparison to the Deep South of the U.S. that reflects both the warmer climate and more conservative culture of Queensland compared to areas of the country that are farther south. This has probably always been a lopsided analogy that has even less relevance in the present, but no matter that Queensland has liberalized in a number of ways over the last several decades, it continues to lack a legal nude beach. However, there are several beaches where a custom of nude bathing has evolved and where authorities are tolerant, whether openly or grudgingly. There are also some beaches known to have a semi-established naturist presence but where authorities have demonstrated a persistent pattern of intolerance, and we have elected to omit those locations.

      While Brisbane has emerged as a cosmopolitan city over the last several decades, it is the only one of Australia's five major cities of a million or more people that does not have a nude beach reasonably close by. Brisbanites have to drive about two hours south to reach the closest legal nude beach (in neighboring New South Wales) or two hours north to reach the closest well-established but hassle-free unofficial nude beach that is within Queensland. That unofficial in-state option is Alexandria Bay Beach 26.3880S, 153.1154E  , about 135 kilometers north of Brisbane in the Noosa resort area, which is at the northern end of the area known as the Sunshine Coast. Alexandria Bay Beach is within Noosa National Park (Headland Section) and requires a bit of hiking to reach, but nonetheless it is by far the most popular nude beach in Queensland, and authorities have turned a blind eye for years. This scenic beach has a large gay presence since Noosa has a notable gay and lesbian tourist contingent.

      From the Noosa area, you have to go north over 1,000 kilometers to reach the next well-established nude beach, and that beach is along a small peninsula called Cape Edgecumbe 19.9761S, 148.2597E  in the small town of Bowen. The nude beach is a hidden niche, and there are elaborate spray-painted markings on a boulder letting visitors know that the beach ahead is for nude bathing, but nonetheless the beach is likely to have just a few if any visitors.

      Continuing north about 200 kilometers farther, there is Townsville, which is about 1,350 kilometers from Brisbane. With about 185,000 people, Townsville is the largest city in Queensland that is outside the populated southeastern corner of the state, and it offers a few nude bathing options. On the north end of town, there is Shelly Beach 19.1848S, 146.7623E  , which is known mostly as a gay beach and tends to draw only men. (Lest there be any confusion, note that there are a number of beaches in Australia named "Shelly" or "Shelley," including another nude beach named Shelly Beach that is in New South Wales.) Or, you can take a ferry to Magnetic Island, which is less than 5 kilometers offshore from Townsville at its closest point to the mainland. This island, which is never more than 11 kilometers across from one extreme to the other, is a popular tourist destination, both for overnight visitors and day trippers. Most of Magnetic Island is wilderness. On the eastern side of the island where just about all the development is located, there are three areas known to attract nude bathers. The best established of these options is hidden Balding Bay 19.1111S, 146.8700E  on the north shore of the island. Nearby, occasional nude bathing also occurs at a remote end of Horseshoe Bay 19.1164S, 146.8444E  , which is otherwise a textile beach that is much more easily accessible than Balding Bay. On the south end of the island, Rocky Bay 19.1759S, 146.8454E  is another hidden niche that gets a good bit of nude use.

      North of Townsville is the start of a vast region known as Far North Queensland, or FNQ for short. The principal town of the region is Cairns, a small coastal city of about 150,000 that is one of the top tourist destinations in all of Australia, especially for international travelers. Cairns is about 1,700 kilometers north of Brisbane and 350 kilometers north of Townsville. About 25 kilometers north of the center of Cairns, Buchans Point Beach 16.7362S, 145.6635E  is an exceptionally easy-to-access beach that is the only well-established nude beach of FNQ.

      Coastal Queensland generally has summers that are hot and winters that range from mild to warm, and the farther north you go, the warmer it is. During July, which is the middle of winter, it is likely to reach 21°C (70°F) in Brisbane but 25°C (77°F) in Cairns. Of the beaches listed above, all but the first (Alexandria Bay) are located far enough north that you can expect to have sufficiently warm beach weather any day of the year. The tropical northern areas of Queensland draw more visitors during winter months since winter weather is warm and dry while summers are hot and humid.

NATURIST RETREATS—South Coast

     Balkaz Retreat    27.0792S, 152.9514E     E
          Caboolture

     boBRENE    27.8957S, 153.1683E     E
          Tamborine (Logan City)

     Eagles View    27.5754S, 151.9467E     E
          Toowoomba

     Elephant Rock Naturally    28.0649S, 152.5109E     E
          Moogerah

     Garden of Edun    25.2891S, 152.8298E     E
          Hervey Bay

     Musavale Lodge    26.4687S, 152.8877E     E
          Eerwah Vale

     Nature's Rest    25.9293S, 152.6297E     E
          Glenwood

NATURIST RETREATS—Farther North (from south to north)

     Savannah Park    23.1601S, 150.6749E     E
          Yeppoon

     Goodys Retreat    21.4997S, 149.1231E     E
          Sarina

     Taylorwood    20.4073S, 148.6714E     E
          Conway

     ExtraOrdinary People B & B    19.2591S, 146.8087E     E
          Townsville

     Robalwin B&B Spa Retreat    16.8345S, 145.6902E     E
          Smithfield (Cairns)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY—South Coast

     Bush House    28.1551S, 153.3911E     E
          Tallebudgera Valley (Gold Coast)

     Hideaway Men's Resort    26.4654S, 153.0986E     E
          Peregian Beach (Noosa)

     Noosa Cove Retreat    26.3878S, 153.0954E     E
          Noosa Heads

PLACES TO STAY—GAY—Far North (south to north)

     Skinny Dips Resort & Spa    16.9095S, 145.7587E     E
          Cairns

     Boyz on the Beach    16.7834S, 145.6852E     E
          Kewarra Beach (Cairns)

     Turtle Cove Beach Resort    16.6284S, 145.5493E     E
          Wangetti Beach (Cairns - Port Douglas)

     Mai Tai Resort    16.5077S, 145.3900E     E
          Cassowary (via Port Douglas)


South Australia      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Although South Australia is a bit larger than Texas and New Mexico put together, it ranks fourth in size among Australia's six states and two major territories. In population, it is fifth, with about 1.65 million residents. Over 70% of South Australians live within the metropolitan area of the capital city of Adelaide. Outside Adelaide and its suburbs, there are no towns in South Australia with more than 25,000 people. South Australia is not nearly as well known to tourists as are the three mainland states farther east, but don't mistake it for a provincial backwater. Adelaide in particular is a bastion of progressive thinking, and in fact South Australia has the distinction of being the first state in Australia to officially designate a beach for naturist use all the way back in 1975. That beach is Maslin Beach 35.2416S, 138.4693E  , which is located about 40 kilometers south of the Adelaide city center. Maslin is one of the most popular and beloved nude beaches in Australia, and it is also one of the most beautiful. With multi-colored, barren cliffs in hues of red and brown, the backdrop is reminiscent of the scenery of northern Arizona and southern Utah, except with sparkling blue water in front. Few other beaches anywhere in the world have such a dramatic and gorgeous setting.

      Other than Maslin, the only well-established coastal nude beach is a location that seems to lack a proper name but which we will call Nora Creina South Beach 37.3459S, 139.8705E  since it is on the south end of the tiny community of Nora Creina. This remote beach is about 375 kilometers south of Adelaide and 120 kilometers west of the Victoria border, and it is about halfway between the small towns of Robe and Beachport, each about 25-30 kilometers away. The beach is attended mostly by guests of two small naturist resorts that are next to it, and the beach can be accessed by parking at one of the resorts or by four-wheel-driving along the beach from Nora Creina.

      About 225 kilometers east of Adelaide and 60 kilometers west of the Victoria border, Pelican Point Beach 34.2277S, 140.4407E  is a nude beach along Lake Bonney in the small town of Barmera. It is located in the tri-border area of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. As far as we know, this is one of just two well-established interior nude beaches in Australia (the other one is in the Australian Captial Territory), but we do not have a lot of details about this obscure site.

NATURIST RETREATS—South Coast

     Lake Saint Clair Nature Retreat    37.3368S, 139.8840E     E
          Robe

     Sunland Holiday Village    37.3427S, 139.8777E     E
          Robe

NATURIST RETREATS—Interior

     Pilwarren    34.6676S, 139.6396E     E
          Sunnydale

     Pelican Point Nudist Resort    34.2274S, 140.4316E     E
          Barmera


Victoria      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Of Australia's six states and two major territories, Victoria ranks sixth in size. A little larger than Minnesota, it is small only by Australian standards. With about 5.5 million people, Victoria is the second most populated state, surpassed only by neighboring New South Wales. About 4 million Victorians, or nearly 75% of the state's population, live in the capital city of Melbourne, which is Australia's second largest city—not far behind Sydney, and also second only to Sydney as a top destination for tourists. Melbourne is situated at the top of Port Phillip, a natural harbor so huge that all five boroughs of New York City would easily fit inside it. The shoreline of Port Phillip is over 250 kilometers long.

      Victoria has five established nude beaches that fan outward from Melbourne. Three lie within metro Melbourne, but none are particularly close to the city center. Two are to the southeast of the city while three are to the southwest. Four of the five are legally recognized as clothing-optional beaches.

      About 55 kilometers southeast of the city center, along Port Phillip, North Sunnyside Beach 38.1959S, 145.0664E  lies between the suburbs of Mount Eliza and Mornington, and it is the most popular nude beach that is within metro Melbourne. Another 30 or so kilometers farther southeast, Somers Beach 38.4035S, 145.1999E  looks out over another large bay called Western Port, and it is the only well-established nude beach in Victoria where the custom of bare bathing is not legally protected. It draws much smaller crowds than North Sunnyside.

      Going southwest from Melbourne, Campbell's Cove 37.9417S, 144.7390E  is 40 kilometers from the city center, and it is the closest of Victoria's nude beaches to downtown Melbourne. Although Victoria has plenty of beautiful beaches, Campbell's Cove simply is not one of them, with dull water and a general dearth of scenic attributes. On the plus side, it is very easy to access, with no hike required. Still, many Melbourne naturists scoff at Campbell's Cove and strongly prefer North Sunnyside. Continuing southwest, there are two nude beaches near Torquay, which is about 100 kilometers from the center of Melbourne (beyond the large town of Geelong). Point Impossible Beach 38.3121S, 144.3669E  is on the east side of Torquay, while Southside Beach 38.3795S, 144.2673E  is on the west side. Both are quite beautiful, but Point Impossible is far more popular, and it is generally regarded as Victoria's best nude beach.


Western Australia      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Western Australia is by far Australia's largest state in physical size, comprising slightly more than one third of the entire country. At more than 2.6 million square kilometers, it is about 43% larger than Queensland, the second-largest state. To give an idea of just how huge that is, suppose you take Texas, then throw in all the Four Corners states (New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah), then add Nevada and California. All seven of these large, adjacent U.S. states would fit into Western Australia with a good bit of room to spare. Western Australia has about 2.3 millions residents, and about 1.7 million of them (roughly 74%) live within the metro area of the capital city of Perth in the far southwest of the state, while another 10% or so live in southwestern coastal areas that are relatively close to Perth. Outside the southwestern corner of the state, settlements are few and far between, both along the coast and in the interior. Of Australia's five major cities of a million or more people, Perth is by far the most isolated. From Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide, it is less than 1,000 kilometers by car to the next major city. From Perth, it is a whopping 2,700 kilometers by car to Adelaide (or 2,100 as the crow flies), which is the closest of the major cities. That is comparable to the driving distance from Baltimore to Denver.

      Not surprisingly, the most popular nude beach in Western Australia is in its capital and largest city. North Swanbourne Beach 31.9739S, 115.7544E  is about 12 kilometers west of downtown Perth. Sydney is the only other major city in Australia to have a nude beach that close to the city center. North Swanbourne is often presumed to be a legal nude beach, but the exact status is ambiguous. Whatever the case, it is a safe and well-established place for naturism, and the walk from the parking lot to the nude area takes just a few minutes.

      Going south, Warnbro is an outlying coastal suburb of Perth that is about 52 kilometers south of the city center, and part of the southern end of Warnbro Beach 32.3572S, 115.7401E  is officially designated as naturist. While Warnbro Beach is the only unambiguously legal nude beach in the Greater Perth area, it draws much smaller crowds than North Swanbourne. Continuing south, Bunbury is about 170 kilometers south of Perth, and with 70,000 people it is the third largest town in Western Australia. On the south side of Bunbury, a small segment of Mindalong Beach 33.3603S, 115.6168E  is officially designated for naturist use.

      North Swanbourne, Warnbro and Mindalong are all beaches that are toward the southern end of Australia's western coast. Keep going south and the general direction of the coastline changes, and there are a couple of nude beaches on the southern part of Western Australia's coastline. At about 400 kilometers southeast of Perth, Albany is a major town of the south coast, and Whaling Cove 35.0561S, 117.9240E  is a picturesque beach that is about a 20-kilometer drive from Albany. It is not a designated nude beach, but it is sporadically visited by nude bathers. Much farther east on the southern coastline, the smaller town of Esperance is about 480 kilometers east of Albany and 720 kilometers southeast of Perth. Ten Mile Lagoon Beach 33.8825S, 121.7499E  near Esperance is along an especially breathtaking stretch of coastline, and a portion of this beach is legally signed for nude use, but attendance is light since this beach is so very far removed from any significant concentration of people.

      While the southern beaches near Albany and Esperance are quite far away from Perth, there are three nude beaches along Western Australia's northern coastline that are, in comparison, ridiculously far away from Perth. Nearly 1,300 kilometers north of the capital city, Mauritius Beach 21.8096S, 114.0950E  along the periphery of Cape Range National Park is officially designated for nude use, and it is probably a safe bet to say that Mauritius is the most remote legally recognized nude beach anywhere in the world. Exmouth, 20 kilometers away, has under 2,000 residents, and it is over 350 kilometers away from the next town of a comparable size. Needless to say, Mauritius is a lightly attended beach. Moving farther north and east, Port Hedland is a major town of the far north of Western Australia, located about 1,650 kilometers from Perth via the interior route, or roughly 1,750 kilometers via the coastal route. Pretty Pool Beach 20.3159S, 118.6506E  is an officially designated nude beach on the east side of Port Hedland, which is a major port but not a major center of tourism. Thus, Pretty Pool is one of the most obscure and overlooked nude beaches in Australia. Continuing north and east, Broome is a major tourist town, and it is over 2,200 kilometers northeast of Perth. In fact, it is closer to Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, which is about 1,900 kilometers farther north and east. Cable Beach 17.9222S, 122.2107E  is an immense beach that begins in Broome and extends northward over 20 kilometers. Nudity is well established along the vast expanse of this beach that is open to four-wheel driving, and even though Cable Beach is often presumed to be a legal nude beach, its exact standing in the eyes of the law is ambiguous. Whatever the case, Cable Beach attracts the largest concentration of nude bathers of the three nude beaches in far northern Western Australia, and while tropical Broome is plenty hot enough for nudity all year, most tourists avoid the humid summer months (December through March).

NATURIST RETREATS

     Sunseekers Nudist Club    31.8738S, 116.1190E     E
          Midland

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Abaca Palms    31.9358S, 115.8805E     E
          Mt. Lawley (Perth)















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