Sydney nudist beach

Sydney nudist beach

Natureboy and I were pondering our Sunday options. Bushwalking? Swimming? Bushwalking and swimming? We consulted the Google oracle and Wildwalks delivered Sydney nudist beach, Little Congwong, into our eager eyeballs.

Located at La Perouse in Sydney’s south, this secluded fingernail of sand and emerald water is a mere 100m stroll from G-rated Congwong Beach.

Despite National Parks signage that forbids nudity, Little Congwong is a veritable wang fest. I was delighted! It’s not every day you can mosey along a beach, get your boobies out and gawk at humanity.

Natureboy, to his credit, followed the dresscode but I was too chicken to go completely nude so I kept my bikini bottoms on. Well, lucky for me. Turns out organic sunscreen is as harmless to UV rays as it is to the planet. We both got fried.  Natureboy’s bare buttocks were more sunset than full moon.

Sunburn aside, this Sydney nudist beach is about as close to paradise as you get in Sydney. Rugged bushland, sandstone cliffs, the odd inquisitive lizard at your back and a perfectly calm, clear harbour inlet out the front. Sure there are a bunch of naked dudes swinging their penises around but if you like to feel the blazing hot sun on your delicate white skin, this is the beach for you.

Want to know more about nudist beaches around the world? Click here.

Here’s another story I wrote about nudist beaches …

I often get accused of being a hippie because I like rainbows and soy chai and Goddess cards.

It’s for this reason that I always thought I would love going to a nudist beach. All that freedom and nature and sun-on-bare-skin – what’s not to like? Well, school boys and weird old English swingers, for one thing.

I was reminded of my ill-fated nudie run by this very funny story by Joshua Crouthamel on Ninemsn Travel about the top nudist beaches in the world.

Many full moons (haw haw) ago, I decided to drag my very conservative then-boyfriend to a nudist beach near Nelsons Bay, NSW.

We both felt a little giggly as we set out for the beach. 2kms later and we were still walking through spider-infested, humid bush … still no beach … and now we were all hot and bothered (but not in the good way).

When we finally arrived, an awkward tidal flat stretched out before us with knee-deep puddles and sandbanks galore. This was not the paradise I had come to expect from films such as Blue Lagoon. Not to be deterred, we stripped off and perched ourselves on a dune.

It felt really weird. Not entirely bad but definitely not comfortable. I eventually braved the open sand and walked down for a paddle. It was only when I looked back that I realised there were quite a lot of people there; dodgy looking people hiding in the dunes.

And then came the school boys. Here’s a tip: don’t go to a nudist beach between 3.30pm – 4pm.

Mortified, I scurried back up the beach and got my gear back on. Off we scarpered, up the track and back into the suffocating bushland, only to be greeted by two seemingly mild-mannered English folk wearing socks and sandals AND NOTHING ELSE. What’s more, they confessed they had seen us down at the beach and were wondering where we were going *wink* *wink*.


Has anyone had any good nudist beach experiences? Or bad ones? Care to share?

Anyone who wants to give it a crack (I can’t get enough of the puns today), should check out this site.

12 comments on “Sydney nudist beach

  1. Excuse me, but you did not say whether there were any fannies (in the Australian/British sense of the word) hanging out at the beach?

  2. Just wanted to ask if women go fully nude (or much attend this beach at all)? Just that my partner and I would be uncomfortable and intimidated if its all men as your description makes it sound?

  3. Hi Shan. There were fannies galore. It was a pretty ‘anything goes’ atmosphere down there. Mostly guys but yes, certainly lots of ladies getting a bit of extra sunshine on their bare skin.

  4. That’s wonderful! I had heard there was a nudist beach but didn’t know exactly where. I always picture the dirty side so thank you for baring all of this little paradise gem.

  5. I discovered this beach by accident. No, really, I did. Thought the first beach had waaay too many families so with a mate, decided to walk to the next beach. I think you need to be psychologically prepared to go to a nudist beach. It’s fine once you get over the shock so best to get straight to the good stuff (it’s a beautiful beach). Definitely more old fellas than women.

  6. Thanks for your, ~ I must comment: ~ more balanced ~ description of your experience. So often the reports of such ” first experiences ‘ are laden with: ‘snigger, snigger’, ~”on behalf of the ‘normal / average citizens let me tell you”……and then emphasise what the journalist/reporter/columnists SAW!!!!!!. Apparently on ‘nudist beaches’ the human bodies have to be perfect and LOOKED at. Unlike on ‘textile’ beaches.
    I love the setting of the beach. I wish it was even more of a mixture of females and males and age-ranges. It’s a surprise that this beach continues to used (“tolerated”) this way. A few years ago I attended a meeting of the council prepared to defend the beach but unfortunately had not understood the routine involved and did not get to speak. Instead I only became more upset / irritated by listening to a speech by a local resident who, in my opinion, went way over the top convincing those present that evil radiated from this little beach because there was not textile to stop it.
    Believe me, there ARE, particularly in Europe, a good number of beaches where it’s all much more relaxed. I’ve been there. It seems such a pity. Many of us who came from Europe as migrants in the 50s and later think it’s a pity not to completely enjoy the sun, the surf, the rivers, lakes and beaches, naturally.

  7. Great story, I wish I had some friends to try a nude beach with. I’ve always been too scared to try, but have always wanted to. I imagine it feels great. Do you have any suggestions for where I might meet a group of people?

  8. It’s great fun and yes, feels lovely. Re: meeting groups, unfortunately I don’t have any advice on that front so maybe Google for local groups in your area? Or go to a clothes optional resort?

  9. Love Little Congwong for a skinny dip. Unlike other nude beaches in Sydney it is genuinely clothing optional so you can leave your swimmers on if you want to. It’s a lot like some European nude beaches I’ve been to.

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