Places, Beaches & Resorts

Hopefully in these postings you can find some help to for your next nudist holiday and when you decide on where to go you don’t spend your day trying to find it.

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Corsica – How to get to La Chiappa

La Chiappa is not difficult to find but you would be best to consider traveling there by car or at least hiring a taxi in Porto-Vecchio.

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Entrance – La Chiappa

 

La Chiappa about a 15-20 minute drive from Porto-Vecchio and located on the southern headland of the Porto-Vecchio Gulf, on the Island of Corsica.

Corsica is an easy flight within Europe and has 4 airports. For La Chiappa you would be best to use either Bastia or Figari, depending on where you start your journey and what else you may have planned. Ajaccio and Calvi are also options and are on the other side of the island. Ferries are also an option if you don’t want to hire a vehicle on the island, or bring your own if you’re based in Europe. You are best to check with airlines and ferry operators for what suits your plans and timetables.

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Turn off -Route Du Phare

Porto-Vecchio is the largest nearby town from the resort with the N198 the main highway to reach it from the North and South. On the southern side of Porto-Vecchio turn off the N198 at the round-a-about on Route De Piccovagia. This round-a-about is also the junction with the D859. Follow the Route De Piccovagia as it winds its way along the headland. Turn left on to Route du Phare until you come to the resort. This turn off is well signposted.

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CORSICA – La Chiappa Resort

La Chiappa resort is located on a secluded part of southern headland of the Porto-Vecchio gulf in the South East of Corsica. The town of Porto-Vecchio is about a 15 minute drive. The area is wild, beautiful and very extraordinary. The forested rocky headland creates a natural cove with a sandy beach that looks out to the sea which is generally calm and flat. The resort offers you the opportunity to relax in a very enjoyable naturist atmosphere. This fabulous setting is further accentuated by a backdrop of the nearby Bavella mountain range, which is worth exploring in their own right if you have the time.

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La Chiappa Pool

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You will find the staff are friendly, welcoming and multi lingual. You also realise that this resort takes your security and safety very seriously. The entrance has a staff member posted all times who will check your booking and the front gate is locked out of office hours with security fellows who will check your credentials before allowing you access. After you arrive for your stay and drop off your luggage at your accommodation, you must remove your car from the site to the car park near the front entrance due to fire regulations. (Corsica is prone to devastating forest fires from time to time).

The front office also has some souvenirs to remind you of your stay on offer and other essentials if needed. The seclusion of the resort means that it’s a bit of an effort for someone to ‘sneak’ in. The resort is totally clothing optional past the front gate and is only open from May to October of each year.

The resort is well maintained, clean, very respectable and well set out amongst the forest. Oleander trees are plentiful and add a colourful lining to the roads and paths. The bungalows and villas are set up to offer total privacy, they are far enough away from each other so you shouldn’t be disturbed by your neighbors. (if you see them at all). These are well appointed, comfortable and clean. We were very impressed with our bungalow which included a well equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and large bathroom.

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The camping area is extensive and covers a large part of the resort amongst the forest, which offers some relief from the hot Mediterranean sun during summer. Most of the camping area has privately owned permanent caravans that appear to have been well established by families originating from all over Europe. The area does offer some temporary campsites for motorhomes, caravans or tents.

The location of the resort allows it to offer a full range of activities, including a range of water sports. The area offers great diving opportunities that can be arranged at the resort. The beach and headland has fantastic snorkeling areas that are safe for all ages. An on-site horse riding ranch allows for tours of the surrounding areas including Tahiti beach, or just learn to ride. La Chiappa also has a kids club for the junior family members. The headland offers a number of hikes including the 40 min track to Tahiti beach which most people seem to do nude.

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The 3 swimming pools are the focal point of the resort located just behind the beach and close to the restaurant, pizza and bar area. The main pool is 25m and available for lap swimming for some exercise. The heated pool with a spa is on a level above the main pool and offers an infinity finish that overlooks the beach and has great views, a paddle pool is available for the kiddies. The pool area has life-guards posted for your safety and small sauna (free) is located not far away.

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The resort has an on-site supermarket and a couple of restaurants and bars that offer good food at reasonable prices. The supermarket stocks the superb local Corsican produce. During the day most people are nude at the restaurant but everyone will usually dress for dinner. WiFi is available near the supermarket but it could be considered a touch expensive and slower than what you’re probably used to. There’s evening entertainment in the resort at certain times including visits from one of the many circuses that travel the island during summer.

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This fantastic resort has everything you could want for a great naturist holiday, friendly people, pleasant atmosphere, great setting, with everyone happy, relaxed and enjoying themselves. I think for such a resort to have large family groups and several multi-generational families, many who were obviously regular visitors is a very positive sign of just how good it is at La Chaippa.

The most difficult part of this resort is that one day you finally have get dressed and head home and leave this little part of paradise behind.

For further information – go to their website –  www.chiappa.com

Kings Beach, Byron Bay, Australia

kings smallKings Beach is a delightful piece of paradise in the Broken Head Nature Reserve on the southern side of Byron Bay near Suffolk Park. This secluded, eastern facing beach is surrounded by a tropical rainforest where you can swim and sunbathe naked. Although this beach is not a legally nude beach, nudity was established here a long time ago and very much tolerated.

This beach is not hard to find but you will need you own transport. From Byron Bay head south on the Pacific Highway to Suffolk Park and follow the signs to the Broken Head Caravan Park. From here you have 2 options:

 

  • Park in the public car park (you will need to pay a small fee) walk onto the beach and follow the coast south over the headland and on to the beach. At high tide you may get sightly wet to drenched and the climb down the rocks may be for the more agile; or
  • Take the right turn just before the caravan park towards Seven Mile Beach. (Aptly named as it’s about seven miles long). The road will be sealed for about 50m then becomes gravel. Follow this windy road until you come to a left turn which will be a small car park. You may have difficulties finding a car space due to the limited number available. The path to the right at the top end of the car park leads on to the beach.

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The walk on the track from the car park to the beach is worth the effort alone. It winds its way through the rainforest, where there are a number of examples of nature flora that have been signposted. The numerous birdlife will also welcome you from the tree canopy above, and as you descend through the rain forest, the sound of the surf becomes louder adding to the symphony of sounds. The path is a bit steep, but worth the effort for walk itself. The track is well maintained with steps to make your walk easier. It’s about a 10 minute walk to the beach.

The beach has no facilities and you will need to carry everything you’ll need for your visit, including water and sunscreen.

The beach is a crescent cove with rocky outcrops at either end, golden sand, a rainforest backdrop and rolling surf. It’s a beautiful beach in an idyllic setting. There are some shady areas available at the back of the beach at the edge of the rainforest under the Pandanis palms and depending on the day most of the best spots might be taken.

Depending on the conditions swimming should be safe, but as with all Australian surf beaches a healthy respect should be shown towards the surf, and common-sense should prevail before venturing too far into the surf if you are unfamiliar with the surf. There are no lifesavers or surf rescue facilities apart from a lone rescue floatation device and local authorities are not close by.

IMG_0465The dangerous surf conditions are explained by a legend of the local Bundjalung people, that the rocky outcrops are two sisters who went swimming in the strong surf in the bay. One was caught in the current and the other sister was also swept away while attempting to rescue her beloved sister.

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Kings is a well-known as a gay nude beach used by gay and straight couples alike and single men who will be found happily coexisting in this stunning setting. Everyone tends to keep to themselves, either scattered about the beach on towels or shaded beneath the trees at the edge of the beach and the beach has sense of community with the regulars who are mainly gay.

The beach has a great friendly feeling where you will have a very enjoyable visit.

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CORSCIA – Carataggio – Tahiti Beach

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This beach, nicknamed ‘Tahiti Beach’ for very good reason, would have to be without a doubt one of the most divine beaches in Europe. It’s not hard to understand why it’s called ‘Tahiti Beach’. The whiter than white sands and the crystal clear water could have something to do with it and it’s not hard to imagine that when you’re standing in the water you could be actually on a beach in the south Pacific. This beach is one that should not be missed should you find yourself in the South Eastern part of Corsica.3822723

You may be of the belief that all beaches in Corsica are a bit like that but this one. Well, that is true they are a bit like this one, but this one, is different, its, more spectacular, with whiter sand and water that’s clearer, than any other and is very much well worth the trip. The satellite image of this area shows this beach standing out as a patch of stark bleached white sand that is contrasted by the surrounding area.IMG_0427

The beach is a small bay of paradise about 150m wide and a couple of hundred meters long. As it’s in a nature reserve the beach is surrounded by a bushland setting and just behind the beach is a small lake surrounded by reeds. This setting gives the beach a certain sense of isolation that adds to that spectacular setting.

Naturally for such a beautiful beach to remain so, access is only by walking or by boat. The bay provides safe anchorage far enough from the beach where you will not interfere with the swimmers. Swimming is idyllic in this cove with the white sand that ensures you can see the bottom for a long way out. There is also a great snorkelling on offer especially around the rocks of the headlands on both sides of the cove.

The beach has a mix of textiles and nudists of equal numbers being mostly couples and family groups– the nudists are at the end closest to the La Chiappa resort and the beach can get very busy. There are no facilities at all so you will need to bring in your supplies for the day (water, food, umbrellas, etc) and there are no showers or toilets. This beach has a very relaxed atmosphere.tahiti map 1

To get there:

Boat: – La Chiappa offers a boat taxi at various times and you are best to check with the resort. You may also be able to rent a boat from a number of boat rentals in the area and you may want to explore this option yourself.

From La Chiappa: – take the 40min walk along the coastal trail from the resort past the small island of Farina – you can take this walk naked.

Access to this beach is by road from Porto-Vecchio, make your way to Piccovaggia about 9 km away. About 500 m on the road to the South of the Piccovaggia hamlet heading towards Palombaggia is a trail that leads to the beach. (N 41 ° 34. 571´/ E 009 ° 20. 196´). Parking is on both sides of the road and if you reach the ‘ranch’ or horse riding school you have gone too far. The path goes through the nature reserve and leads directly to the beach, it will take about 15 minutes and is an easy walk.

Bodri Beach – CORSICA

Bodri beach is in the first bay as you leave L’lle Rousse on the N1197 heading towards Calvi, on the North West coast.

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This beach is described as a beautiful, long unspoilt beach; of coarse white sand; with the water described as crystal clear and turquoise; being one of those Mediterranean havens and another jewel of the Corsican coast line. You may also read about the incredible backdrop of a high mountain chain stretching behind you covered in woodland, shrubs and small villages; how the beach is a little piece of paradise; uncrowded and the perfect blend of beauty and simplicity; and that the only building you can see is the beach restaurant and lifesaving station.

These are all accurate descriptions of this beach and you are likely to find it featured on a postcard that you’ll send to impress the folks back home of your travels. The beach is backed by a scrubby headland at the L’lle Rousse end has a small rocky headland that is a great place to walk and explore.

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It’s also sometimes referred to as Corbara beach, which is a delightful village on the mountain chain behind. You will have a breathtaking view of the beach on the road to this village. You will also find some great accommodation in Corbara.

The nudist section on this beach is at the L’lle Rousse end near the scrub covered rocky headland. There is no designated nudist section as it the case on other beaches in the area. Although the nudist section is only designated by other nudists, no one bothers if you are clothed or unclothed – both groups seem to be relaxed with each other. This beach seems not all that busy and is one of those ‘out of the way’ places. So if you prefer a beautiful beach, in an idyllic setting with peace and quite this could be the beach for you.There is no shade so an umbrella is a must.

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There is a beach restaurant in the middle of the beach but you will need to dress.

Behind the beach is the Bodri camping area and you would be right to suggest that Corsican nudist beaches are close to a camping area.

There might be some dry clumps of sea weed that’s been washed up on the sand but this will be nothing to worry about.

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To get there:

Tram: Catch the tram that runs between Calvi and L’lle Rousse. There’s a station behind the beach and walk on the trail to the beach. It is the first station from L’lle Rousse, heading towards Calvi.

Drive: About 2 kilometres west from L’lle Rousse, drive past the Leclerc supermarket and continue down the hill on the N197 until the signs for Bodri beach and Bodri camping grounds – you’ll need to pay about 5 Euro to park and follow the small, winding trail through the maquis to the beach which may be the reason the beach is uncrowded.

CORSICA – Algajola Beach

Algajola Beach – about half way between L’lle Rousse and Calvi on the Corsican north west coast is the small coastal town of Algajola. The town is worth a visit in its own right, steeped in History, the town was founded by the Phoenicians, but there is some evidence to suggest that prehistoric man also settled in the area. It was a Roman port, only to be abandoned in the 6th Century; re-established in the 12th Century; and changed hands a couple of times due to the odd war and treaty until the mid-18th Century. During these time a fort was built and still stands today along with the ruins of a few other buildings that are monument to the town’s history. Despite this rich history the locals preferred the place as small fishing village during the quieter times.

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Algajola beach starts from the town and stretches for about a kilometre towards L’lle Rousse to the next small headland. The beach is one of those beaches that you are likely to find listed in the top 10 beaches of Corsica. You can never be sure who or how these lists are compiled but in any event this beach is one that should be on such a list. This is because like most other beaches in the area, it’s got sparkling white sand, crystal water, a great outlook and a fabulous sunset that highlights the town, making a real jewel of Corsica. The sand is a mix of ground granite and coral being a little coarse which means you will leave it on the beach, unlike the fine magnetic sand you will find on other beaches.

The beach during summer is quite busy. Although there’s a sign in 4 languages that naturism is prohibited. The naturalist section is about three quarters of the way along the beach, and ironically not far from the sign. This section although not designated is basically defined by being the area in front of the tree line that offers some shade. Most people will be naked but you are also likely to have a few textile beach goers in this area as well. This seems to be the Corsican way with a mix of both types of beach goers.SAMSUNG CSC

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In the textile area there are water sport activities available including jet skis, windsurf equipment, kayaks, and boogie boards and the diving and snorkeling is spectacular. However, these are strictly not for the nudist on this beach.

The beach has a great relaxed atmosphere with the naturalists there to enjoy the sunshine and atmosphere. The crowd is made up of family groups and couples with the odd single person. There is the odd lurker but as with most other long European beaches people do walk the length of the beach at the water’s edge, but I don’t suggest that you do this naked.

The water is generally calm but and very safe but during autumn and winter the beach has some good surfing conditions but these can be unpredictable. You may see the odd optimistic holiday maker during summer practicing their paddling skills on a surfboard in the very small swell waiting for a non-existent wave.

The beach has a very good restaurant that specialises seafood at the far end that stays open late into the night during the summer and a few other smaller eateries on the road just behind the beach. A small supermarket on the edge of town has most things you would need and if you drive there are a couple of roadside shops on the way selling local Corsican produce. A small hotel is also on the beach should you wish to wake up on the beach.

To get there:

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Rail: – Catch the train that runs between Calvi and L’lle Rousse. There is a station right behind the beach. Cross the road small road onto the beach.

Car: – From either Calvi or L’lle Rousse drive towards Algajola, follow the signs to the round-a-about on the N197, cross the railway line turn right and drive along this road for about 500m, past the hotel and a small restaurant or you find a small car park. If that’s full continue on and you’ll find another car park. The road does have a few speed humps and the restaurant does have some thick rope across the road that will slow you down.

CORSICA – Anse de Peraiola – aka Plage de Ogliastro, Plage de l’Ostriconi

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Anse de Peraiola – aka Plage de Ogliastro, Plage de l’Ostriconi

This 500m long beach is nestled on the edge of the Agriates Desert and the Vallée de l’Ostriconi. The beach is best described as a haven of peace, calm, beauty and tranquillity. Ostriconi Beach somehow allows visitors to escape from the tourist traps and immerse themselves in the true local flavour.

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The fine white sand slips into clean turquoise waters in a particularly wild beach setting and really shows off all that this part of Corsica has to offer. The beach is surrounded by sandy dunes and maquis (various types of scrub), with the Ostriconi River, rocky hills and mountains as a backdrop. You may find a few cows visiting the beach from time to time.

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A hidden local secret in the past, the beach does get more popular with summer visitors and while it never gets overly crowded, the beach does get busy during summertime, and is one of the features of the nearby camping area. However, during the cooler months you may well have the beach to yourself. As the beach faces west, you will be able to make the most of your visit and appreciate a spectacular sun-set over the Mediterranean.

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The nudist section is towards the northern end of this long beach and during the summer months will have a strong contingent of nudists with quite a few family groups.

The beach has a small kiosk that has available the usual refreshments, snacks and light meals. Various surfboards and a range of other personal watercraft and accessories are available for hire for the more active among us.

To get there: you will really need a car to visit this beach – the Ostriconi Beach turn-off is found on the road N1197, some 28km north of Ponte Leccia (25min), and only 13km east of Ile-Rousse (15min). The turn off from the N1197 main road is well signposted as is the camping area ‘Village de l’Ostriconi’.

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Parking is free on the side along the 500m of the road. Although you will have some breathtaking views onto the beach, the valley and the mountains, the road is narrow and in poor repair. The lack of any designated parking makes this situation worse considering the volume of traffic. In parts it will be one single lane due to parked cars on both sides and there will always be someone coming in the other direction at the most inopportune time. Once you manage to find a parking space, access to the beach is a walk via a dirt trail through the scrub, down the side of the mountain, where you will also need to carry your beach essentials.

This is not an easy prospect and the less agile might be best to consider another beach. Especially bearing in mind that you will need to clamber back up the trail after your idyllic beach day. The magnetic properties of the sand won’t help either, particularly with thongs.

Another option is via the path from the camping area. But you will need to cross the Ostriconi River, and there seems to be no bridge or dry crossing, so expect at least some wet feet and depending on the height of the river maybe more.

This beach is a delight and despite the access difficulties it’s well worth the effort.

 

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Alexandria Bay, Noosa National Park – Australia

This 1 kilometre stretch of surf and golden sand is one of many similar beaches on the Australian east coast. You may also know it as ‘A Bay’.

What sets this beach apart from the others is difficult to say, maybe it’s the trek through the Noosa National Park, or because the trek to get to the beach makes it a touch isolated and seems like you are a 1000 miles from anywhere. It could be the backdrop of the National Park that ensures you can’t see anything but natural beauty. Maybe it’s the Queensland climate that ensures the beach season is viable all year round. The relaxed and laid-back atmosphere of the beach could be part of it or the size of the beach or the rolling surf, where you may see a turtle swimming about or a fish with a very large tail. Whatever it is, this beach is spectacular. It’s also regularly in the Top 10 Australian beaches and the Top 10 nudist beaches of the world. This beach is one you should make an effort to go to.

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This beach is not a legal nudist beach – there are no legal nudist beaches in Queensland – but nudity on this beach is tolerated and accepted. The police may make the odd appearance from time to time but are generally just patrolling about or on the lookout for something else, they leave the nudists to enjoy their idyllic day. The beach also hosts the annual Alexandria Bay beach carnival during March and attracts a couple of hundred people.

Although the entire length of the beach is an accepted nudist beach; most nudists tend to settle towards the southern end. You may find a couple of people sitting about half way along and occasionally a few towards the northern end. So if you want to be left alone you will be able to find a spot and settle in on the vastness of the beach. The beach is also shared with our textile friends, some who even decide after a while to remove their swimwear; the atmosphere is ensures it’s a very laid back beach. The coastal track includes the beach and a few people will walk past you on their trek. Generally you won’t find that many people on his beach and if you do settle at the southern end you are likely to have a lot of personal space.

This beach faces east; so early birds will see a great sunrise over the Pacific Ocean to great them, but a trek in the dark to see it could be a challenge as there’s no camping in the park including the beach. As the sun sets behind the beach, once the afternoon shadows start they become long very quickly. The best time for this beach is definitely in the morning and early afternoon, remembering that Queensland doesn’t observe day light saving. During mid-summer the shadows will appear about 6pm and if you’ve been there all day it’s probably time head off due to the Queensland heat. About mid-afternoon a cadre of odd men (the sort who are not generally looking for a sun tan) start to turn up and strategically position themselves on the beach, generally as close as they can to a couple.

This beach doesn’t have any services so you need to bring everything with you and consider that the walk may limit what you bring, but you should bring some water. There are no toilets or shops on this beach. There is some shade towards the back of the beach under the trees.

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There are no lifeguards on this beach the nearest being Sunshine Beach to the south. There are emergency radios at each end of the beach. This beach does have strong currents and dangerous surf conditions at times so if you are unsure of the surf, inexperienced in the surf or not a strong swimmer its best you follow the locals and if unsure don’t enter the water. This beach has been responsible for the death of a couple of people over the years. If you do find yourself in difficulty, help will take some time to get to you. The lifeguards will turn up about twice a day especially on weekends in a 4WD buggy and drive the length of the beach, and you may see them on a jetski behind the waves from time to time.

 

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This is an idyllic beach in a beautiful setting and although it may take some effort to reach you will find this to be a very special beach with a great atmosphere. If you find that you can’t relax on this beach maybe you should seek some professional assistance. I would recommend this beach for any holiday and it is truly one of Australia’s hidden places.

Alexandria Bay, Queensland, Australia – How to get there.

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The beach is in the Noosa National Park on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, north of Brisbane. The park itself is very well managed. The park has 5 numbered paths that are well signposted and you can easily find your way to the beach at Alexandria Bay. The park is a great place to walk and explore in its own right with areas of rainforest, woodlands, open forest and wallum heathland and it protects several species of bird and you may find the odd koala. You will need to walk a couple of kilometres so some level of fitness is necessary.

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Option 1. Make your way to the coastal holiday township of Noosa. It’s a large well serviced place with everything you will need, including supermarkets and restaurants. Accommodation can be a touch more expensive during holiday times, ie school holidays. Noosa does become very busy during these times.

The main entrance for the National Park is easily found at the end of Park Road which continues past the round-a-bout from the town’s main street (Hastings Street). There is a car park at the park’s entrance, however, it might be a bit busy at times and parking on the street is limited to 2 hours. The park entrance is a 10 minute walk from town anyway.

The park entrance has a kiosk, information booth, toilets and a barbeque picnic area. There a quite a few signs that display information about the park and the walking trails. The easiest path is the coastal walk or the blue number 4 path, it’s also the most scenic with spectacular views and worth the walk for the view alone. It follows the coast and passes small bays and minor beaches. Its about a 3 km walk, that really doesn’t seem that far and its fairy easy going. You’re unlikely to be alone as its very busy at times with people heading in both directions. There is a ‘short cut’ that avoids one main headland onto the ‘Tanglewood track’ (Path 2) that cuts a bit of time but you do miss out on the headland and a great view of the beach looking south.

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There are a couple of other options that go through the park and are a great bush walk, you’re best to check the maps and decide the best for you. These tracks aren’t as busy as the coastal track.

Whichever track you take a suitable footwear will be a good choice.

These tracks will bring you to the northern end of the beach. Although the whole beach is considered to be a nudist beach, most people do head to the southern end.

Option 2. – Sunshine Beach entrance.

Park in the sleepy area of Sunshine beach – either near the beach and walk north where you will find the end of the coastal walk from the National Park. Follow this for about 1 km and you will come to the southern end of Alexandria Bay. This will be a couple of kilometres once you find parking and the walk over the headland is a bit steep with quite a few steps

Alternatively, park as close as you can to the end of McAnally Drive or Solway Drive area, and enter the National Park using a path that will bring you to Path 5 or the Alexandria Bay track. Turn right on this path and you’ll end up at the southern end of the beach. Parking in this area is limited and it’s a residential area so you may end up parking quite a bit of a walk from the entrance.

No matter which way you take to get there – you will be delighted with the effort.