Stepping up to a mind-melting lookout, whipping your clothes off and letting your unmentionables dangle as freely as the day you were born. Welcome to the secret life of modern day nudists. Brendan Jones, a health professional from NSW, enjoyed the feeling so much that he decided to take it one step further, creating a nation-wide community based around getting your kit off in the wild — Get Naked Australia. Greatest Photo yet? He never really understood the big fuss around nudity and never developed the awkward inhibitions that he reckons society places on us.
Why Australia's oldest nudist club wants you to take your clothes off
Naturist holidays and clubs in Australia
Today is a big day for Kathy. With the publication of these pictures and story, she is coming out as a nudist to the world. Or at least to her sisters. While Kathy and her husband, Stephen, have always been "closet nudists" — comfortable being naked in their home — they are newcomers to the nudist club scene. Credit: Wolter Peeters. As we sit around a plastic table in dense bushland on the fringes of Sydney, the retirees explain how they came to be regulars at Australia's oldest nudist club.
The best nudist beaches in Australia
In the 50s and 60s being a nudist was seen as a symbol of freedom with many nudist clubs and beaches packed with people wanting to let it all hang free. But in recent years nudism has been on the decline especially among younger generations. Established in March the Heritage Australia Club is the oldest continually operational social nudist club in the country. Michael is the president of the Heritage Australia Club and says he loves the feeling of not having clothes on. Les has been a nudist for close to 25 years.
Stripping down at a beach gives you that fresh, out-of-the-shower feeling. There is also a strong community of naturists to join, whose openness and friendliness come from the fact they have nothing to hide — not even tan lines. Many naturists say the reason for nude beach-going is simple — they just feel more like themselves without clothes getting in the way. If you've never been to a nudist beach before, common sense and respect is all you need to try it out. Remember that you have full control of when you want to disrobe and when you want to leave.