Top 6 clothing-optional gay-friendly beaches in Sydney

By Emen8, updated 1 year ago in Travel and party / In Australia

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Sydney is known for its gay tourism and golden beaches, so why not combine the two and visit one of the best clothing-optional, gay-friendly beaches this waterfront city has to offer?

Before you head to one of Sydney’s nude beaches though, remember to slather on the factor 50 — or better yet, fake it rather than bake it. And be sure to brush up on your nudist beach etiquette:

Know that New South Wales has laws relating to public nudity. Obscene exposure outside of a designated area may be considered an offence. Other than Little Congwong Beach, an exemption does allow public nudity at the other 5 beaches mentioned below.

Here are our top nude beaches in and around Sydney. While none of them are officially gay beaches (they’re open to everyone regardless of gender or sexuality) some are definitely more gay-friendly than others.

1. Lady Jane Beach

Perhaps the most famous official nude beach in Sydney, you’ll find Lady Jane Beach between South Head and Camp Cove. Lady Jane Beach is also sometimes known as Lady Bay Beach.

With sweeping views of Sydney Harbour, clear blue oceans, golden sands and plenty of like-minded guys to keep you company, this clothing-optional beach is a must-visit if you’ve got the urge to get your kit off in the sunshine.

If you’re looking for a gay-friendly beach in Sydney, this is your top choice.

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2. Obelisk Beach

Another of Sydney’s handful of legal nude beaches, Obelisk Beach near Mosman is the perfect place to take a nudie dip. It’s only 100m long, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in views and privacy.

Obelisk Beach overlooks Sydney Harbour and you’ll need to descend some steep steps to reach it. But, with a rich history and friendly rainbow crowd frequenting its sandy shores, it’s well worth the effort. Very popular with gay guys, you’re bound to make some new friends.

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3. Cobblers Beach

A designated nude bathing spot in Sydney, Cobblers Beach is just 500m from Obelisk Beach.

With epic views across to Dobroyd Head and Grotto Point Lighthouse, there’s good snorkelling here too if you fancy doing a bit more than naked sunbathing and picnicking.

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Image credit: National Parks NSW

4. Werrong Beach

Just over an hour’s drive from Sydney CBD, you’ll find Werrong Beach, also known as Hell Hole. Don’t let the name put you off though because there’s nothing hellish about this Sydney nude beach.

It’s super secluded thanks to only being accessible from a steep side track off the Royal National Park Coast Track (a 26km hike that goes from Bundeena to Otford). If you’re keen to find a gay nude beach in Sydney, this one is well worth the extra drive.

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Image credit: The Wildlife Diaries

5. Little Congwong Beach

Although not officially a nudist beach, Little Congwong Beach in La Perouse is often frequented by a nudist crowd due to its seclusion.

Don’t get caught out by this one, though. Nudity isn’t legal at this beach, so even if the crowd’s baring all, think twice before you do! Other than being a gorgeous spot to appreciate nature, there are views over to Bare Island, which is a coincidence we can definitely get on board with!

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6. Samurai Nudist Beach

Alright, this one most definitely isn’t Sydney — it’s around a 3-hour drive away. But, Samurai Nudist Beach allows camping so we reckon it’s the perfect weekend away if you’re looking to feel the sun on your skin and sand on your butt cheeks. It’s worth remembering that plenty of visitors like to keep their kit on here, and it is family-friendly.

So there you have it, the best gay-friendly nude beaches Sydney. Slap on the sunscreen, pack a towel and get exploring!

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Image credit: The World Beach Guide

For more on planning a visit to Sydney, check out Gay Sydney: Where to eat, drink, play and sleep. And if you’re travelling to Sydney during WorldPride, find out all you need to know about it here.