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4 best nudist beaches and resorts around the world

If you want to enjoy these relaxing getaways, you'll need to dare to bare!

By Brittany Smith
Nudists are sometimes seen as radical hippies or pervy sex offenders. But the Australian Naturist Federation believes this couldn't be further from the truth.
They define nudism, or naturism, as "a way of stripping ourselves of all the constraints, prejudices, and immorality that society has put upon us". Basically, it's all just a bit of naked fun!
With our warm climate, Australia is perfect for a nudist getaway. Whether you're new to nudism or a seasoned pro, these resorts will show you a good time.
Suns out, bums out! We've found the best nudist beaches from around the world where you can bare all.
Sunland Holiday Village, South Australia
As Australia's first ocean beach nudist resort, Sunland Holiday Village is renowned around the country - but don't let the name of the surrounding suburb, Robe, SA, put you off. Sunland has been dedicated to family-friendly de-robing (aka nudism) for over 40 years!
Whether you want to enjoy a skinny dip in the stunning turquoise ocean, stroll along the beach or enjoy a game of tennis or bush golf, you're bound to have lots of fun.
If you want to enjoy the nude activities without staying overnight then you can even buy a day pass for just $10, which will give you access to all the facilities.
Getting back to basics!
Katikati Naturist Park, New Zealand
Katikati Naturist Park is a relaxing resort in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty, where you're expected to forgo the shackles of clothes whenever the weather permits.
Next to a pristine river and leafy trees, it's the perfect spot to get back to nature. But there's also plenty to do.
With table tennis, a library, putt-putt and Frisbee golf, you'll never get bored. Best of all, Katikati is famous for their nudieoke, or nude karaoke. It's a great chance to let loose and have fun after the sun has gone down.
Plenty to see and do at Katikati Naturist Park.
Golf and spas! What more could you want?
Mittagong, New South Wales
With an average summer temperature below 25 degrees, Mittagong, NSW might not sound like the ideal place for a nudist hotel. But River Island Nature Retreat is full of surprises.
A clothing-optional holiday park on the banks of the Wollondilly River, this retreat has 809 hectares of Australian bush. There are pools and spas, for adults and children, as well as on-site sailing and kayaking. They also host events, like their screening of the footy grand final in October and their Easter Nudefest in April. That's one egg hunt you'll never forget!
It's a tranquil place to relax
Litchfield, Northern Territory
For the past 23 years, Jean and her hubby, Garry, have run Top End Naturist Recreation Retreat, in Litchfield, NT. With 40 hectares of bushland, it's a serene and secluded location, perfect for relaxing in the buff.
Best of all, the weather is warm and sunny, even in winter.Unlike many nudist hotels, Top End isn't clothes optional – the only clothes allowed on premises are shoes for bushwalking.
This guarantees that every visitor is there for a love of naturism, not to perve on others while fully clothed.
If you and your family are long-time nudists then this is the perfect place to bring your kids. Jean and Garry pride themselves on being a family-friendly resort with plenty of activities to keep you busy, from water aerobics to mini-golf and tennis. They even host bingo and quiz nights.
Rainer Mueckenberger says his centre is focused on holistic healing

We chatted to Rainer Mueckenberger, the owner of Noosa Edge Nudist Retreat in Doonan, Qld.

✰How long has the retreat run for?
It has been open for six years. A lot of couples lose their connection over time and their love life falls apart. These couples can rejuvenate their relationships at our retreat.
✰What services do you offer?
There's a lot to see, both inside and outside. You can hike around the bush naked or you can book our bondage room and man-made cave for private, sensual experiences. We also host adult parties where contraception is provided.
✰Is the retreat open to non-sexual nudists?
Over 85 per cent of nudists are sexually active but if you're not looking for that type of fun you can still enjoy our retreat. We're strict about people not getting intimate in public places.
✰What is your main purpose?
We're focused on holistic healing, whether that involves sexual intimacy or not.

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