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The 5 best nudist beaches in Sydney

Who needs swimmers? Swap your bathing suit for your birthday suit at one of Sydney’s clothing-optional beaches

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Time Out editors

Not that anyone has too many clothes on when they strut into the surf, but there's something undeniably liberating about a dip in the sea wearing nothing at all. And it just so happens that there are several beautiful Sydney beaches where you can go skinny dipping without scandalising other sun-seekers or risking the wrath of the po-po! Here, we have gathered up a list of the 5 best nude beaches you can visit in Sydney.

So, leave your cossies at home and hit the road. You've got places to be. 

If you’d rather leave a little more to the imagination, take a look at our rankings of the 50 best beaches in Sydney, and take note of the best secret beaches for when you want your sunbaking to be a little more secluded.

Plus, for all those so inclined, check out our list of the very best gay and LGBTQI+ friendly beaches in Sydney

Nudist beaches in Sydney

  • Things to do
  • Watsons Bay

This short stretch of sand, also known as Little Bay Beach, is one for exhibitionists (mostly male), since tourists on boats often like to gawp as they make their way toward South Head. It's clothing optional, but most patrons are keen to keep it as natural as possible.

  • Things to do
  • Mosman

Located just off Middle Head, Obelisk is a little nude pocket renowned for its tranquility. It's a decent hike down the stairs to this little salty nudist haven, but it's worth it for the gorgeous views of Camp Cove, Parsley, Watsons Bay and Vaucluse in the distance.

  • Things to do
  • La Perouse

While not officially a spot for nude fun in the sun, this relatively secluded beach in La Perouse looking out over Bare Island attracts a lot of clothing optional swimmers. If you want to show off your fancy new cozzies, follow the walking track to its big brother, Congwong Beach, who prefers his visitors clothed.

Werrong Beach
  • Sport and fitness
  • Wollongong

Located about an hour south of Sydney, Werrong is a truly secluded spot for naturists. The trade-off for the epic remoteness of the spot is the 2km walk to the sand, so you'll want to be dressed in walking shoes at the very least. It's also important to note that rips and rocks make this a challenging beach for swimming.

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