List of social nudity places in Oceania

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This is a list of social nudity places in Oceania for recreation. Includes free beaches (or clothing-optional beaches or nude beaches), swimming holes and lakes and some resorts.[1]


Australian Capital Territory[edit]

  • Kambah Pool, ACT

New South Wales[edit]

In NSW the following are beaches used by naturists:

The following beaches and resorts are legally nudist or clothing optional beaches:

  • Near Byron Bay, the beach adjacent to the Tyagarah Nature Reserve, south of the picnic area at the end of Grays Lane, has been designated a ‘clothes optional beach’ (nudist beach) by Byron Shire Council.[3][a]
  • Rosco Club Incorporated
  • BB at Byron Bay Luxury Naturist Retreat (Affiliated ANF)[b]

Northern Territory[edit]


Until recently,[when?] there were no legal nude beaches in Queensland. However, following a successful appeal from Ken Wenzel, a Sunshine Coast artist and nudist, the Queensland Summary Offences Act 2005 has been ruled not to apply to licensed free beaches.[clarification needed] The Queensland Labor state government and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council have said that they will now consider any approaches for legal nude beaches in Queensland.

Current quasi-legal beaches are:

  • Alexandria Bay (known as "A Bay") near Noosa is a popular spot with nudists and arguably the most tolerated nude beach.[4]
  • Bribie Island - Remote beaches on Bribie were once popular with nudists, though Moreton Bay rangers as well as police now regularly patrol this remote island.

South Australia[edit]

The following beaches in South Australia are used by nudists:

  • Maslin Beach [5]
  • Ocean Beach near Robe
  • Pelican Point, Barmera
  • Murrippi Beach, near Whyalla


In Tasmania nudists use the following beaches:[6]

  • Baker's Beach[c] (not legal, be discreet)
  • Green's Beach
  • 7-mile Beach


Victoria has more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) of coastline with hundreds of beaches.[7] Three of those beaches are legal clothes-optional beaches:[8]

Previously listed as clothes-optional beach:

  • Campbell's Cove, near Werribee South[9]

The following are not legal nudist beaches but are used by nudists:

Western Australia[edit]

The following are legal nudist beaches in Western Australia:[10]

The following beaches are used by naturists, but nude bathing may not be legally protected:


  • Public nudity is illegal in Fiji, but nude sunbathing is legal on resorts.[15]

French Polynesia[edit]

  • Toplessness is allowed here, unlike most parts of the South Pacific, even though there are no official nudist beaches. Bottomlessness is usually seen in private or hard-to-find beaches, but it can still happen in public beaches.[16]


Yap Island, natives there go topless.[15]

New Zealand[edit]

Laws against beach public nudity are generally not enforceable.[17][18][19]

  • Little Palm Beach - Waiheke Island
  • Rarawa Beach - Northland
  • Uretiti Beach - Northland
  • Peka Peka Beach - Kapiti Coast
  • Breaker Bay - Wellington
  • Ototoka Beach - Wanganui
  • Papamoa Beach - Bay of Plenty
  • Guysers Gaystay B&B (for men) - Rotorua
  • St Leonards Beach - Auckland
  • Orpheus Bay - Auckland
  • Herne Bay - Auckland
  • Spencer Park Beach - Christchurch
  • Taylors Mistake Beach - Christchurch
  • Waimairi Beach - Christchurch

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Way, Peter (19 October 2015). "Swimmers go wild over best bushland waterholes". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  2. ^ Smith, Errol (28 October 2014). "Increasingly popular Birdie Beach may get surf patrols". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  3. ^ "Tyagarah Nature Reserve". NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 2014-11-07. 
  4. ^ Kathy Sundstrom (25 October 2014). "Nudists left dangling over Alexandria Bay petition". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 2014-11-07. 
  5. ^ "SA Memory - Govt. makes bathing in nude legal at Maslins". The State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Aussie Naturists - Nude Beaches". Aussie Naturists. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  7. ^ Henly, Susan Gough (29 November 2008). "Waves of fancy: Victoria's best beaches". WA Today. Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2016-01-13. 
  8. ^ "Nude Beaches in Victoria". Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  9. ^ "Council dubbed 'wowsers' for stripping nude beach of status". ABC News. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-13. 
  10. ^ "More nude beaches to boost tourism: survey". The Daily Telegraph. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 2014-11-07 – via PerthNow. 
  11. ^ Roslyn Hidding (7 January 2011). "Council rejects concerns over nudist beach". Weekend Courier. Retrieved 2014-11-07 – via in my Community. 
  12. ^ "Exmouth Visitor Centre - The Beautiful Beaches of Ningaloo Reef". Exmouth Visitor Centre. Retrieved 2014-11-07. 
  13. ^ Gray, Laura (2007), Municipal Inventory of Heritage Place (PDF), p. 17 
  14. ^ Short, Andrew D. (2005). Beaches of the Western Australian Coast - Eucla to Roebuck Bay: A Guide to Their Nature, Characteristics, Surf and Safety. Sydney University Press. pp. 102–. ISBN 978-0-9586504-3-4. 
  15. ^ a b "Being Nude in Fiji? - Fiji Forum". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  16. ^ "About Tahiti and her capital city Papeete : Tahiti Sun Travel". Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  17. ^ "Nude Beaches New Zealand". Retrieved 2015-03-29. 
  18. ^ "Lets Get Naked: Nude Beaches in New Zealand". Retrieved 2015-03-29. 
  19. ^ "Free Beaches NZ Inc". Retrieved 2015-03-29. 

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