Contributor Review – Darcy Palladino
Local Expert. Visited 2023
Settle your cosy bum down in the warm sands of West Australia’s iconic township, Exmouth. Mauritius Beach is clothing-optional, so go bare or not – no one minds either way. Equip yourself for the day with an eski, an umbrella, and a towel, and you’re all set! If you’re with friends who are all about surfing at Dunies and you’re looking for a quieter moment, Mauritius is your tranquil escape. With no vendors or nosy tourists in sight and no dress code, it’s our favourite spot to unwind under the west Aussie sun. Mauritius is also regularly named as one of the most scenic nude beaches in Australia.
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Take a refreshing dip in the waters, birthday suit and all, and then relax with the breathtaking Indian Ocean to the West and the Cape Range National Park to the East. The sandy path from the car park leads straight to the ocean, offering about 1km of sandy bliss. To the right, you might be lucky enough to spot sea turtles at the Jurabi Turtle Centre. To the left, Jacobsz is the go-to spot for spearfishers. And nothing beats the golden hour here – watching the sun set behind the shimmering shoreline, especially when you’re feeling free and in the nude, is pure magic.
Mauritius Beach is our little secret – a secluded nudist haven that welcomes all. It’s seldom crowded, ensuring a personal experience. While it’s the town’s only nudist beach, many sunbathe topless along the coast, so there’s always a perfect spot waiting for you. Just remember, Mauritius Beach is about 11km from town, so stock up before you head out – it’s quite the trek for supplies!
Exmouth gets busy from April to October when folks from the south come seeking sunnier skies. The summer heat can be intense, so we always bring some shade. The raw beauty of the shrubs and dunes is captivating but does leave you exposed to the elements. Whether you’re new to the nudist scene or a regular, this beach is a treat.
The town of Exmouth buzzes with energy and offers a range of dining options. Our favourites? Froth and Whalebone, two standout breweries. If you’re planning a stay, book your accommodation early – Exmouth is popular! And a word to the wise: the local shire is protective of this paradise, so wild camping is a no-go – trust us, we learned the hard way. And as always in Australia, come prepared. Sunscreen, shade, water, and snacks are essentials. While the isolation is part of its charm, always be mindful of the sun – safety first!
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If you’ve already made the trek to Exmouth, you know the charm of remoteness. There is no form of public transport to get you to the beach, so owning or renting a car is definitely the best method. The car park is signed posted and hard to miss, and a very quick walk along a relatively flat sandy path. If you don’t have a car or bike, then strap on your sandals because you’ve got a 20km walk from town ahead of you!
The Beach Shack
The closest food option to Mauritius Beach and a local institution. Worth a stop here for lunch or dinner and there are lots of options.
Unfortunately it is BYO booze and 11km from the beach (which is close in this part of the world!).