Top Places for Nude Newbies to Bare All Down Under this Summer
Looking to try something new, daring, life-affirming (and legal)? Maybe you've seen the increasing popularity of nude yoga on your Instagram feed or perhaps media coverage of Get Naked Australia or Young Nudists of Australia and thought "add that to the bucket list!", but you don't know where to start.
If you're the sort to linger a little longer stepping starkers out of the shower, or you are wanting to progress your body positivity to peak performance. Consider trying one of these nude (and certainly not rude) Australian events this summer.
Fancy trying your artistic hand or donating your body to art and being a living, breathing canvas to a colourful creation?
Kicking off the antipodean summer between the 18-26 November is Australian National Nude Week. While many clubs and resorts around the country will be holding open days or events, the place to be if you are in the Brisbane area will be the BodyColour 2017 event.
Held at Pacific Sun Friends Nudist Retreat, only 40-minutes north of Brisbane, this event attracts bodypainting artists to create works of art over eight hours. Last years theme was "Wonderland", with many Alice in Wonderland inspired creations adorning the subjects. This year's theme "Going Global" promises a wide variety of creative entries.
Adding to the fun, there will be awards, dinner and a disco. The Young Nudists of Australia will be making a weekend of it!
Billed as "The naked ocean swim that’s not about nudity". Rope in a friend or two and take part in the best opportunity in the world for even the most modest to tick social skinny dipping off the bucket list. Isn't peer pressure great like that!
After five years of inspiring body positivity, the 2018 event sponsorship was in doubt. Thankfully, tickets have now gone on sale, with 2017 participant Charlie Teo's "Cure Brain Cancer Foundation" coming on board as the 2018 supporting partner.
Notable past participants include Laine Beachley, Todd Sampson and the Body Image Movement's Tarryn Brumfit, who featured the event in her Embrace documentary. Get Naked Australia will also be in attendance and the event marks the second anniversary the Young Nudists of Australia; they too have a full weekend planned, with members travelling from across the country.
Tasmania is getting a reputation for being a little quirky. A nude swim at sunrise to celebrate the winter solstice may not sound all that appealing, but you can do exactly that in Tassie. It's all part of the Dark Mofo winter festival run by the rather unconventional Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart. But our focus is on summer events, so let's move to the northernmost part of the state and King Island, less than an hours flight from Melbourne or Burnie.
This little island, off the island of Tasmania, is getting well known in golfing circles with the #1 and #4 ranked public access golf courses in Australia. It seems a better-kept secret is the Free Willy Nude Beach Run held at British Admiral Beach, where you can take part in either the men's or women's 50m sprint.
Held on the Victorian and Tasmanian March long weekend (Labour Day - 2nd Monday in March), the nude run occurs this summer on Saturday, March 10 at 2:30 pm. The event is part of the Imperial 20 weekend of events, with the only coast to coast run in Australia on the Sunday.
After achieving the world record skinny dip in 2015 at South Beach in Fremantle with 786 participants, Finland recently took the crown with 789 - a mere three people. The challenge has been thrown down and on February 18 Perth will attempt to reclaim the record.
What better way to end the summer and get your own official Guinness World Record certificate!
Get on board and support positive body image by bare-ing all and finding your body accepted this summer.
Cover photo credit: @taasha_x