Noosa residents surveyed on future of unofficial nude beach

Stock photo of man reclining on rock at nude beach
Stock photo of naturist at nude beach. Image: Ivan Moreno/Canva

Queensland is the only Australian state with no legal nude beaches, and the state’s naturists want that to change.

Locals say Alexandria Bay in Noosa has been an unofficial clothing-optional spot for decades. But in April, the beach made headlines when police cracked down in response to complaints.

On April 16, Queensland police charged a 53-year-old man after he was seen allegedly committing an indecent act.

Officers also slapped 11 people – 10 men and one woman – with infringement notices for wilful exposure. Police warned at the time patrols of the area would continue.

Now the Queensland Naturist Association has called for the state government to grant the beach official clothing optional status. Queensland is the last Australian jurisdiction with no designated nude beaches.

“Alexandria Bay has a long history of being a popular spot for naturists and nudists,” QNA president Rachael Freeman told Noosa Today.

“It’s time for the beach to be recognised as a legal clothing optional beach.

“Over the years, the beach has attracted people from all walks of life. However, the recent fines issued by the police for indecent exposure have left many naturists and nudists feeling frustrated and disappointed.”

Alexandria Bay at Noosa
Image: Juan Jose Basagoiti Mancera/Wikimedia Commons

‘Change the law to make the beach safer and welcoming’

Rachael Freeman said naturism and nudism is “not about lewd behaviour, but about body acceptance and a connection with nature.”

“At QNA, we do not tolerate indecent behaviour, and we encourage everyone to respect each other’s boundaries,” she told Noosa Today.

“Unfortunately, lewd behaviour sometimes occurs at Alexandria Bay because it is not recognised as a legal clothing optional beach.

“A well-attended clothing optional beach deters unwanted elements and makes the beach a safer and more welcoming place for everyone.”

Ms Freeman said in Noosa, the southern end of Alexandria Bay was an ideal spot as it has no through traffic and was separated from national park trails, she said.

The Queensland Naturist Association also argues changing the law would also offer tourism benefits for the entire state.

Noosa MP surveys locals on clothing optional beach

Independent Noosa state MP Sandy Bolton is surveying locals on the issue. Earlier this month she launched a survey on support for Queensland changing laws to legalise clothing-optional beaches.

The survey also asks whether residents would support Alexandria Bay becoming the state’s first legalised clothing-optional beach.

Ms Bolton told SBS News while she doesn’t have a personal opinion, the responses were largely in favour.

“So far percentages are roughly 85 per cent supportive of Queensland changing laws, and of that, 96 per cent support Alexandria Bay becoming the first clothing-optional beach,” she told SBS News.

“It would be known, there would be signage. We’ve got a lot of beaches to choose from, so if nudity offends people they can go somewhere else.”

The survey, which the MP said is only for Noosa residents, closes on 24 May.

Sandy Bolton said if the majority is in favour of a clothing-optional beach, she would push for the reform in parliament.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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