Contributor Review – Charlee Peterson
Local Expert. Visited 2023
Alexandria Bay, or ‘A-Bay’ as everyone calls it, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and definitely one of the prettiest nude beaches in Australia. Unfortunately calling it a ‘nude beach’ these days isn’t 100% entirely accurate – even if the locals know this to be the case (more on that later!).
To reach this hidden gem, we embarked on the scenic Alexandria Bay track. The 20-minute walk was is a feast for the eyes, with breathtaking views that left us in awe. And get this—we decided to take the longer route back, around Noosa Headland, to soak up even more of the jaw-dropping scenery. It was like stepping into a postcard and the stuff of dreams.
As we set foot on the beach, the symphony of crashing waves instantly transported us to a place of tranquility. Alexandria Bay is nestled within the Noosa National Park, adding an extra dose of natural charm to its allure. Now, here’s the controversial part—A Bay is an unofficial nude beach. While textiles and joggers make appearances along the shore, the southern end is where you’ll find the nude section.
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This beach has been making waves in recent years due to the ongoing efforts to make it legal. You won’t find any official recognition for nude beaches in Queensland, but that doesn’t stop Alexandria Bay from being a magnet for nudists and nature enthusiasts. It’s become a symbol of liberation and acceptance within the nudist community, and the discussions surrounding its legalization add an extra layer of significance. Unfortunately recent police crackdowns on the beach have made people more cautious about baring all in this part of the world – read more about the controversy HERE.
One thing you’ll notice at A Bay is the absence of any amenities or even cell phone signals. It’s a blessing in disguise. With no distractions, you can fully immerse yourself in the unspoiled beauty of the beach. Just remember to bring your own snacks and drinks because there are no vendors or restaurants directly on the beach. And don’t forget your sun protection—sunscreen is a must in this part of the world, along with hydration.
During our escapade, we stumbled upon natural shaded spots, courtesy of the surroundings. It was like finding an oasis in the desert, offering a delightful respite from the sun’s scorching rays. Now, let’s talk safety. Alexandria Bay is an uncontrolled beach with strong rips, so it’s important to exercise caution while swimming. Keep a keen eye on the ocean conditions and swim with care.
As we explored the beach, we couldn’t help but marvel at the stunning rock formations dotting the shoreline. They added an extra layer of beauty to an already picturesque scenery. However, we learned the hard way that climbing rocks while taking photos isn’t the best idea. So, stay safe and admire those majestic rocks from a distance.
When it was time to bid farewell to Alexandria Bay, we packed our belongings and embarked on our return journey. This time, we opted for the longer walk around Noosa Headland. Let me tell you, the views were out of this world! It was like nature had reserved its finest spectacle just for us.
Now, a word about parking. Brace yourself—it’s limited. McAnally Drive is the primary street for parking, but be sure to follow the regulations and show respect for the residential nature of the area. Locals are known to not be shy when it comes to parking on their property.
To sum it all up, Alexandria Bay in Noosa offers a unique and unforgettable experience for nudists and nature lovers alike. It’s a sanctuary where you can disconnect from the chaos of the world and fully embrace the serenity of nature. So, if you’re seeking an immersive beach adventure like no other, make sure to put Alexandria Bay at the top of your must-visit list. Just remember, nudity isn’t technically legal in Queensland, so tread with caution and respect the legal restrictions and recent news coverage. Try exploring the hidden coves and secluded areas, you’ll discover an even more intimate and private side of Alexandria Bay. So go ahead, venture beyond the shoreline, and create unforgettable memories in this unique coastal paradise. Happy exploring, my friend!
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By Car: Driving is a convenient way to reach Alexandria Bay. You can park your car near the Sunshine Beach Surf Club on McAnally Drive. However, parking is limited, so it's essential to arrive early or consider alternative transportation.
By Bicycle: For a more eco-friendly option, you can cycle to Alexandria Bay. Noosa has a well-connected network of cycling paths, and you can follow the coastal trails to reach the beach. Enjoy the scenic beauty of Noosa as you pedal your way to paradise.
Once you've arrived near Sunshine Beach Surf Club or the designated parking area, you'll need to make your way to Alexandria Bay on foot. Follow the Alexandria Bay track, a scenic 20-minute walk that takes you through the Noosa National Park. This track is a popular choice among both locals and regular visitors, offering beautiful views along the way.