Contributor Review – Charlee Peterson
Local Expert. Visited 2023
Maslin Beach in South Australia is a stunning destination that offers a unique experience to its visitors. It is one of the most well known nude beaches in Australia, with a full feature movie of the same name and the location of the highly publicised Nude Games. Maslins (as the locals called it) is a nudist haven, attracting all kinds of free-spirited people who want to enjoy nature in the buff. The vibe here is liberating, laid-back, and open-minded, and you will find people of all ages, shapes, and sizes enjoying the beach. Couples most often frequent the beach, but you will also find singles, families, and groups of friends enjoying the sun, sand, and surf.
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The beach is huge, stretching out for almost 3km, with stunning crystal clear waters and gorgeous views of the surrounding cliffs. You can get in at multiple points, but if you want to bare it all, then you’ll want to head down to the southern end of the beach. That’s where the nudists hang out, especially during the summer months when things can get real busy. But don’t worry if you’re feeling a little shy – clothing is optional, so you start off wearing as much or as little as you like.
Now, there aren’t any shops or vendors right on the beach, so it’s best to bring your own food and drinks. But fear not, my sun-loving friends, for just a hop, skip, and a jump from the beach entrance lies the delightful Deep Blue Café. They’ve got everything you need to quench your thirst and fill your belly, from fresh juices to scrumptious eats.
Maslin Beach is easily accessed on a day trip from nearby Adelaide. But if you’re looking for a place to stay, there are plenty of options nearby, like the Maslin Beach House or for a more laidback option try the Big4 Tourist Park – which allows camping and has self contained cottages. Occasionally people will try to camp on the beach but this is not allowed and you may or may not be approached by council and asked to leave.
Keep in mind that photography is strictly prohibited on the beach, so don’t be that person trying to snap pics of people in their birthday suits. And while the beach can get pretty crowded during peak season, don’t let that stop you from coming down and getting amongst it. If you’re looking for a more serene experience, try hitting up the beach during the weekdays or off-season. Most of the people at Maslin Beach are regulars and they know the area quite well and will happily help you out if you have any concerns.
One thing you won’t want to miss is the infamous Maslin Beach sand artist. This dude creates the most amazing sand sculptures you’ve ever seen, and you’ll want to take a few snaps to show your friends back home. And don’t forget to check out the Maslin Beach Amphitheatre, where they put on all sorts of cool events throughout the year. The Maslin Beach Nude Games previously gave the beach notoriety and made news headlines across Australia – unfortunately the event has been officially ‘on hold’ since Covid, but there are rumours it might return within the next few years.
All in all, Maslin Beach is an absolute must-visit if you’re into letting it all hang out and soaking up the sun. Just remember to slap on some sunscreen, respect people’s privacy, and get ready to embrace your natural side.
Getting to Maslin Beach is a breeze, and the journey is just as beautiful as the destination. If you're driving, take Tatachilla Road off Main South Road and turn right if you're coming from the city, or left if you're heading from McLaren Vale. The drive between the upper and lower car parks is a leisurely stroll, and the nudist beach can be found at the lower car park.
If you prefer to take public transport, the 750 bus departs every half hour from the upper car park, making it easy to reach the beach without a car. And while there are small shopping centers and food facilities within 30 minutes walking distance, locals may know of some hidden gems that you won't find on any tourist map, so it's always worth asking around.
The drive to Maslin Beach from Adelaide is about 45mins or you could catch the train to nearby Seaford station, and then transfer to the 750 bus from the front of the upper car park. The total travel time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
There is currently construction to improve community accessibility around Maslin Beach, which will make the area even more welcoming and accessible for all. This means that in the future, there may be even more social accessibility programs in place for those who may need extra support to visit the beach, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the beauty of Maslin Beach.