News

Beach bums hit Noosa for cheeky nudist event

Rocky and Dei Ind enjoy the sights at Alexandra Beach.
Rocky and Dei Ind enjoy the sights at Alexandra Beach. Warren Lynam

"I'M not afraid of being naked."

Those were the words of the female nudist who was voted to have the best bottom on the beach at the annual Alexandria Bay Beach Carnival.

Yvette Benkis is a regular visitor to the nudist event, which this year attracted about 300 naked men and women, from all over south-east Queensland, to the secluded beach in Noosa National Park.

Ms Benkis was one of the stars of the day, winning four medals and two ribbons at a range of fun events - among them, she won the open women's 75m sprint race, the sack race, a water bucket relay and helped win the tug-of-war. She also was crowned the winner of the magnificent mother's category.

"I've been coming here close to 10 years, on and off," she said.

BARING ALL: One attendee flew the flag at Alexandria Bay Beach, Noosa.
BARING ALL: One attendee flew the flag at Alexandria Bay Beach, Noosa. Warren Lynam

"I like the scenery, the general atmosphere of friendliness and the people - it's very non-judgemental - and I'm not afraid of being naked."

Event convenor Rocky Ind, a self-confessed full-time nudist, said the event aimed to bring "like-minded people on the beach and have a bit of fun".

"It's a regular beach for nudists and every one who does come here recognises that it is illegal in Queensland, but it's isolated; we do come here to not offend people."

Would you ever visit a nudist beach?

This poll ended on 20 March 2014.

Yep, I can't wait - 19%

I've already been to one! - 56%

Never, I'm a never-nude - 13%

I'm somewhat curious to check it out - 10%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The local event has been running continuously for 29 years.

"A Google search tells us it's the longest consecutively running beach carnival in the world," Mr Ind said.

The nudists also bring much- needed revenue into the local Sunshine Coast economy.

Competitors enjoying the sack race.
Competitors enjoying the sack race. Warren Lynam

"We did an exercise a few years back, gave them a form to fill out, (asked them) where they stayed, how long they stayed, how much they spent," Mr Ind said. "And we worked out we estimate we spent about $100,000 in the local economy."

The attendees donate money to help pay for the event, with any left

overs this year to be donated to local lifesavers. Other charities have also benefited in past years.

In case you were wondering... "Yes, we provide sunscreen," Mr Ind said.

Topics:  noosa national park, nude, nudist, nudity


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Arty vibe is off the wall at Noosa Junction

Tim Nixon, Joel Harris and Brian Keayes get a good vibe from the new Alleyway art work.

Noosa creatives art up laneway wall

Pioneering new waste watch

TESTING: Noosa’s landfill impact monitoring is a Queensland first.

Noosa landfill waste monitoring a first for state.

Sundale commits $50m for aged care in Tewantin

CEO of Sundale Glenn Bunney.

Sundale ready to invest in Noosa aged care.

Latest deals and offers

A roaring farewell in Noosa for family man

Noosa witnesses a motorcycle honour guard for family man's funeral

Arty vibe is off the wall at Noosa Junction

Tim Nixon, Joel Harris and Brian Keayes get a good vibe from the new Alleyway art work.

Noosa creatives art up laneway wall

Pioneering new waste watch

TESTING: Noosa’s landfill impact monitoring is a Queensland first.

Noosa landfill waste monitoring a first for state.

Sundale commits $50m for aged care in Tewantin

CEO of Sundale Glenn Bunney.

Sundale ready to invest in Noosa aged care.

Local music legend still rocking at 95

PARTY TIME: Pianist Val Dwight celebrates her 95th birthday at Zabe Espresso Bar.

Local music legend Val Dwight loves playing piano.

Noosa we know owes it all to Jo

Noosa Queensland Day nominee Jo Ball.

Jo Ball has been nominated for a Queensland Day award

André Rieu favourite is home for national singing tour

ANGEL OF AUSTRALIA: Mirusia will perform at The Events Centre, Caloundra, on Sunday.

“Angel of Australia” to sing on Sunshine Coast

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Family skip rent increases for now

RENT ROLL: Kristy Biggs and her family have been lucky to avoid rent increases but will feel the pinch if they are hit with a rise in the next year. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Tenants say rent increases will only make life more difficult.