NAKED AMBITION: A big sporting day out at A Bay for nudists needs greater acceptance according to an organiser.
NAKED AMBITION: A big sporting day out at A Bay for nudists needs greater acceptance according to an organiser. Contributed

Why the Nude Olympics could leave Noosa

NOOSA runs the risk of losing its annual Nude Olympics which is held in March at the secluded Alexandria Bay and is worth about $2 million to the local economy.

Australian Naturist Federation president Greg Serow is not sure how welcome this long-standing recreational event is in Noosa after past police actions against nude bathing and the failure to declare a local clothes-optional beach reserve.

Mr Serow, who has been swimming nude at A Bay since he was 16 years old, said the Nude Olympics had been held in Noosa for about 36 years, and usually attracted about 600 people to Noosa for three days.

As well as paying for a three-day stay, Mr Serow and others eat out every night and go to local attractions like the Eumundi Markets.

After the last police campaign against nudists a couple of years back at the Noosa beach, he said the turnout dropped back to about 350 people.

"They were all scared of getting a fine," he said.

"It's insane. We are worried (every year) about police coming down and arresting us."

Mr Serow said the Nude Olympics was a family day with old people, women and children present.

"We're not hurting anybody."

He said unless Noosa became more welcoming of naturists, his federation was considering approaching councils throughout Queensland who wanted the Nude Olympics.

"It adds around $2 million to the place, they'd be mad not to do it," he said.

He said the other alternative would be to relocate to Belongil Beach at Byron Bay where the local mayor was a naturist, or possibly down at Maroochydore or the Gold Coast.

Mr Serow said at the last beach carnival, they asked their members to sign a petition to have nude bathing legalised and during the day clothed people visiting A Bay were also asked to sign the petition to have this area declared a nude reserve.

"They said 'you mean it's not?' They just thought it already was."

A Noosa Council spokesman said Alexandria Bay was not council-controlled land.

"It is part of the Noosa National Park which is a state responsibility. Currently there are no legal nude beaches in Queensland," he said.

"If Alexandria Bay was to be designated as a clothing- optional beach, such a decision would have to be made at the state level."

Mr Serow said Byron already hosted the World Naked Bike Ride Day in March through town which attracted up to 500 riders and crowds of up to 10,000 cheering them on.


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