Places to Get Naked: Tyagarah Beach
Last week a group of GNA beach goers were lucky enough to visit Tyagarah Beach in the Byron Shire. Tyagarah Beach is located at the end of Greys Lane and is a beautiful, vast stretch of coastline in which people can freely sunbake and swim as nature intended. There is a designated “nude bathing area” as the aggressively informative sign indicates.
We swam, sunbaked and of course grabbed a cheeky photo for the gram and had a great experience here. It was a nice change from the condensed Sydney Beaches to experience the openness of the beach as well as swim in the surf and catch some waves. Overall it was a great day and we are all eager to return!
There have been media reports about this beach recently with a number of people trying to remove it’s clothing optional status due to “lewd behaviour”. We were interested to see if this type of behaviour occurred in our presence as our group comprised of 3 couples in their 20’s. We are happy to report that we saw no such “lewd” behaviour. In fact, what we saw was quite the opposite!
We saw predominantly couples, contrary to reports that the beach is dominated by creepy males. We saw a young family, having the time of their lives and introducing their young toddler to the gentle ocean waves. We saw a number of regulars meeting up and being social. They’d clearly been here before and enjoying coming here. Overall we saw a number of people practising naturism in it’s truest form and saw no signs of the supposed consistent “lewd behaviour”. Speaking to a number of local regulars they informed me that in the past there have been problems at the beach and that no one has denied that. However in the past 2 years the bad behaviour at the beach has been nearly non existent and the number of people actively using the beach has increased! It can be argued that we are making an opinion on the place after just one visit, however I have seem similar places in Sydney become a safe place for naturism and I choose to believe, from my observations, that Tyagarah is a safe place for all people to spend some time au natural in the sun without the threat of creeps.
I would encourage anyone visiting the Byron Bay shire to visit Tyagarah Beach and experience this amazing place. It would be an absolute shame and a huge backward step for naturism if it was to be closed for the supposed bad behaviour.