Contributor Review – Charlee Peterson
Local Expert. Visited 2024
We just had a ripper of a day at Samurai Beach, and let me spill the beans on this little bare bum haven. Nestled near Anna Bay, this beach is your quintessential slice of Aussie nude beach paradise, especially because it’s the only legal one around this part of Australia. It’s a bit of a hike to get there, especially if you’re not game to take a rental down the 4WD tracks – heard too many tales of cars getting bogged, so we opted for the legwork instead. The 15-minute trek across the dunes was a mini-adventure in itself, especially with the sun blazing down.
Samurai Beach is this beautiful, sprawling stretch of sand that’s got a real laid-back vibe to it. You’ve got your mix of crowds – some setting up camp for the summer, others just there for the day. It attracts everyone, from seasoned nudists to the curious first-timers, and even a few 4WD enthusiasts thrown in for good measure. Speaking of, those 4WD tracks can turn the beach into a bit of a rally track at times, so keep an eye out for that.
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Now, about setting up your spot on the beach – we found this cozy place on the beach, or so we thought, until some of the local ‘residents’ decided our gear was encroaching on their turf. A bit territorial, but all in good spirits when we sorted it out. The vibe here is pretty welcoming, but it doesn’t hurt to give those long-term campers their space or at least have a chat before you set up camp.
For nudie newbies, Samurai’s a treat. It’s big enough that you can find your own little nook away from the action if that’s your jam. But if you’re looking to mingle, the northern end is where it’s at. Just be mindful, there aren’t any services or shops on the beach, so pack your snacks and water. If you’re up for a bit of a walk, the One Mile Beach area nearby has got some cafes and toilets.
Now, for the insider scoop – if you’re here for the first time, come prepared. The regulars here bring a full kit with a tent, lots of water, BBQ, etc. But if you’re here for the day, just focus on hydration and shade, and maybe bring something to rig up for a bit of shelter. The beach itself is super for a swim, but remember, those 4WDs can come pretty close to the shore, so keep your gear safe.
Everyone’s here to have a good time, and there’s a real sense of respect for the beach and each other. If you’re thinking of staying longer, the camping at the northern end is pretty rustic – no power or water, so you’ll need to be self-sufficient. More on that HERE.
In terms of timing, it’s not overly crowded most of the year, but come summer, especially around the New Year, it can get a bit busy. That’s also when you’ll see the beach at its liveliest, with impromptu gatherings and a real festive spirit.
So, would I recommend Samurai Beach? Absolutely, especially if you’re after that authentic Aussie beach experience with a nudist twist. Just remember to respect the vibe, the locals, and the beach itself, and you’re in for a stellar time. And hey, maybe next time, we’ll brave the 4WD track – or maybe not. Either way, Samurai Beach, we’ll be back!
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Heading to Samurai Beach is a bit of an adventure, tucked away in Tomaree National Park near Anna Bay. It's a good drive, about 50 k's from Newcastle and a fair bit more from Sydney, but totally worth it for that unique slice of paradise on the Tomaree Peninsula in Port Stephens. It's the only legal nude beach around this part of NSW. Just a heads up, though, getting there is part of the adventure – you'll want to keep an eye on the tides and be ready for a trek through the soft sand, especially if you're not rolling in with a 4WD.
If You're Driving with 4WD:
- From Newcastle: Zip north on the Pacific Highway towards Nelson Bay/Port Stephens, swing a left towards Anna Bay, and keep an eye out for the turn-off to One Mile Beach. That's your gateway to Samurai Beach. It's a bit of a bumpy ride, so your 4WD will come in handy.
- Parking: You can park right on the beach, but the sand can get super soft.
Without a 4WD:
- Parking at One Mile Beach: Leave your car at the free One Mile Beach carpark in Anna Bay. You've got the basics there – toilets, showers, and a café for a post-beach snack.
- Walking to Samurai: It's about a 15-minute walk from there to Samurai Beach. If you're cutting across the dunes, be ready for a bit of a workout. It can get really hot and feel like you're walking in the Sahara - so take plenty of water.