Agitation is mounting in Queensland for the establishment of the state’s first legal nude beach. Supporters are reportedly drawing up a formal submission to the Queensland Government, with a public meeting held in Noosa recently to get the ball rolling.
“Clothing optional” beaches exist in other states and in the case of New South Wales, even in the capital, Sydney.
A campaign is underway to have Alexandria Bay, a secluded beach in Noosa known locally as A-Bay, declared Queensland’s first legally clothes-optional beach.
Dundowran Beach in Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast is another option. A recent letter to the Bundaberg NewsMail laid out the argument.
“I have always thought it is absurd that Queensland, known for its ‘holiday vibe’, is the only state or territory in Australia where nude beaches are not legal,” the writer stated.
“They would bring a much-needed boost to tourism in our region.
“Many tourists from Europe, America and elsewhere in Australia would specifically come to our region if they could enjoy a nude beach.
“Our businesses and our local economy would benefit enormously, jobs would be created and local people would be better off.
“Nude beaches cost nothing to set up (other than a couple of council signposts) and they bring enormous benefits. Look how Byron Bay has flourished from international tourism since it introduced its nude beaches.”
Some tourism bodies are keen to fill what they say is a gap in the Queensland market.
In Noosa’s case, moves are underway to garner support from tourism bodies, the council and other interested stakeholders and draw up a formal submission to the Queensland Attorney-General’s department.
The Bundaberg NewsMail quoted a local Surf Life Saving manager saying that lifeguards occasionally had to advise naked sunbathers that nudity was illegal on the region’s beaches.
“It tends to be backpackers and visitors from those European countries where they have a different culture.”
Some residents oppose moves to allow nudity. A local mother described on Facebook how she had been strolling a quiet beach with her young daughter when four naked men flashed past in a speedboat.
“My seven-year-old daughter didn’t need to see it,” she wrote.
Written by Peter Needham