Swimming and bathing in your birthday suit may not be for everyone, but there are quite a few nudist beaches in Sydney where taking off all your clothes is normal.
The nudist community in Sydney may not be as large as it used to be back in the seventies and eighties, but swimming nude is still very much a thing in Sydney and New South Wales. If you find yourself Googling “nude beach Sydney”, wanting to go all-natural, this guide is for you.
The below Sydney beaches are official nude beaches (well, most of them), so nobody will stare at you when you take off your clothes to go skinny dipping.
Lady Jane Nudist Beach
Located around the corner from Camp Cove Beach in Watsons Bay, Lady Bay Beach is one of Sydney’s prettiest nudist beaches with amazing views of Sydney Harbour.
Watsons Bay NSW, Australia
Lady Jane Beach was officially designated a nudist beach in 1976 by none other than former New South Wales Premier Neville Wren. Known as a bit of a boy’s club, this beach is, of course, accommodating to all walks of life, with it being featured on many gay interest sites, and gay travel guides to Sydney. A place of acceptance for everyone. Lady Jane is your classic Sydney nude beach.
You can find Lady Bay beach along the South Head heritage trail, which runs between Camp Cove and the Hornby Lighthouse on the northernmost tip of South Head.
Often referred to as Australia’s best nudist beach, Cobblers Beach is more than just a destination for skinny dipping.
Cobblers Beach, New South Wales, Australia
Located on the northern side of Middle Head in Sydney Harbour National Park, Cobblers Beach is the perfect place for paddling, snorkeling, and picnicking in absolutely beautiful surroundings.
The beach can get very busy, especially during summer weekends, but the atmosphere overall is very welcoming and protective.
Cobblers is also the beach where the annual Sydney Skinny Ocean Swim was held, a short nude swimming race to raise funds for Dr Charlie Teo’s cancer research.
Little Diggers Beach
(Coffs Harbour, New South Wales)
Little Diggers Beach
Little Diggers Beach, Coffs Harbour NSW, Aust...
Distance from Sydney CBD 531km (5hr 42 mins drive)
Little Diggers Beach offers quiet and secluded areas that you can have all to yourself. During low tide, the beach creates many nooks and coves to get that complete suntan without gathering the irritating stares of other beachgoers.
It is located in Diggers Headland Place in Coffs Harbour and is known for its calm waters and stress-free swimming.
It also has facilities, such as toilets and a picnic area, and is a great place to watch the sunrise. Before you strip down to your birthday suit make sure that you aren’t on the Main Diggers Beach where clothing is less optional.
Little Congwong Nudist Beach
Little Congwong Beach, as its name suggests, is the smaller brother of Congwong Beach.
First, you’ll find this infamous Sydney nude beach by driving to the end of Anzac Parade, La Perouse. It is located just across from the birthplace of Australia, on the north side of Botany Bay. It is a more secluded beach with access being limited to a short walk past its big brother, Congwong Beach.
Let it be known that this particular beach is not a designated official nude beach, but if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, and let’s be honest the fact you’re dropping-trou means you are, this is a gorgeous place to do so. Jean-François de Galaup La Pérouse – the French navigator in which the peninsula is named after – would have it no other way.
Little Congwong Beach
Little Congwong Beach, Anzac Parade, La Perou...
Obelisk Nude Beach
Located on the southern side of Middle Head, Obelisk Beach is smaller and more secluded than its neighbor Cobblers Beach, but the surroundings and views are just as beautiful.
Obelisk Beach is accessible via a short walking track from Chowder Bay Road in Mosman, with lots of parking options nearby.
Located at the southern end of the Royal National Park, close to Otford, Werrong Beach is perhaps the most remote and most secluded nude beach included in this list.
Also known as “Hell Hole”, Werrong is accessible via a steep sidetrack from the famous Royal National Park coast track.
Please note though that as beautiful as the beach may be, swimming is not permitted due to the strong rips and currents that are always present there.
Birdie Nudist Beach
Ok, another entrant on the list that technically is not a nude beach in Sydney, so call us a bit cheeky, but we decided to include this spot on our list. This Central Coast nude beach is the perfect place to throw away your garments and feel the warming gentle breeze of the seaside. located between Wybung Head and the Budgewoi Peninsula, if revelers are going for a nice weekend trip to the area, be sure to stop by, throw down a towel and your gauntlets, and give a simple salute to nature. A grand nude beach Australia should be proud of.
Little Jibbon Beach
Quietly nestled away in the north-eastern tip of the Royal National Park, Little Jibbon Beach is a beautiful small strip of sand that attracts nudists of all walks of life.
Little Jibbon is only a short stroll away from its bigger neighbor, Jibbon Beach with some well-preserved Aboriginal rock engravings nearby.
Little Jibbon Beach
Little Jibbon Beach, Royal National Park NSW,...
Be mindful though that this is not an official nude beach. Also note that privacy may be a bit of an issue during weekends as bushwalkers will be walking past, doing the Jibbon Beach loop walking track that runs right behind the beach.
Samurai Nudist Beach
Distance from Sydney CBD 208km (2hrs 50 mins drive)
Samurai Nudist Beach
Samurai Nudist Beach, Gan Gan Road, One Mile ...
Samurai Beach is a little further from Sydney, however, it does allow camping. You can also find accommodation in caravan parks nearby. So why not make a weekend out of it?
Many families and couples camp on the beach by night and swim in the nude by day. However, there are also many beachgoers that prefer to keep their swimmers on.
It’s great for surfing and fishing and you can even drive right down to the beach if you have a 4WD. Otherwise, you will need to take a long walk to get there. There is no shade or toilets close by, so make sure to bring water, sunblock, and a hat with you. Weekdays can be quiet, but on the weekends or in the summer it can get rather busy.
Distance from Sydney CBD 400km (5hrs 30mins drive)
Armands Beach, Barragga Bay NSW, Australia
One of the prettiest nude beaches that NSW has to offer, Armands Beach is the perfect place for first-time nude swimmers.
It is situated in a private area and mesmerizes swimmers with its flawless sand and the opportunities for a body to surf in the sparkling waves.
Receiving its name from Frenchman Armand Lemmeric, who enjoyed a skinny dip here at the end of each day, Armand’s was legally declared a clothing-optional beach by Bega Valley Shire Council in 1993 and is the Sapphire Coast’s only official nude beach.
You can even enjoy a day there with the whole family on their nude family fun day that promises “games, events, prizes, and fishing.”