Don’t like nude beaches? Turn the other cheek, readers say
THE majority of Sunshine Coast Daily readers have voiced their support in Alexandria Bay becoming an official nude beach.
The online world exploded with comments after the Daily revealed about six people had recently been fined for wilful exposure on the unofficial nude beach.
A poll taken on the Daily website showed 80% of readers supported allowing A-Bay to be approved as a tog-free zone, and a great many of our Facebook friends agreed.
"It has been unofficially a nudist beach for well over 30 years, everyone knows it is. If you don't like it don't go. Plenty of other beaches on the sunny coast to visit. So I say about time it became official," Mary Lamb said.
"I'd rather nudists have a beach to themselves than have anyone attempt public nudity at any random beach," Terrin Illingworth said.
"Let the nudes be nudes," Monique Hallinan said.
Some residents were in favour so long as a sign warned tourists and unaware beachgoers.
"Signs upon entry to the beach is a good idea," Haylee Turner said.
"People have been fined there before and it has not stopped, so make it legal and have signs up. The beach is out of the way and if there were signs then only those who want to go to a nudist beach would go," Colin Jackson said.
A-Bay is widely known as the most famous nude beach in Queensland and has played host to The Nude Olympics.
Queensland currently has no legal nude beaches but Alexandria Bay in Noosa, Third Bay at Coolum and some stretches along Fraser Island are known as skinny dipping central.
White Patch Beach on Bribie Island also used to be a common spot before rangers and police began patrols.
As for how one should behave on a nude-friendly beach, Rainer Mueckenberger from Noosa Edge Nudist Retreat gave some insight.
He said etiquette such as not staring, being lewd or engaging in sexual activity was followed by most nudists.
"You don't perve," he said.
"You just look at the body the way it is."
Rainer said it was hard for nudists to report the bad behaviour of others when they themselves could be fined for wilful exposure.
"If we have a legalised beach then when someone is lewd, rude or misbehaves they can be fined," he said.
"We want a beach which is safe to all people, you can even segregate it by signs and if you don't want to see anything then look towards New Zealand."