Despite, or perhaps because of, all the publicity about Byron’s legal clothing-optional beach at Tyagarah, nudists say the beach is more popular than ever.
Byron Naturists counted 100 people at lunchtime on Sunday (December 30) within the 800-metre confines of the official clothing-optional beach, which they say is a record for 2018.
Spokesperson Debra Conomy said in a media release, ‘We have been keeping statistics on beach use this year and this is the first time we have counted 100 people at one time!’
The breakdown included 35 couples (70 people), 18 single males, and an organised group of young people in their 20s under a large tent.
Ms Conomy added, ‘The Council safety trial has transformed beach culture and the vibe over the holidays was relaxed and fun’.
‘Our members noticed beach users bringing their Eskies to make a day of it, having fun in the waves, walking, reading, playing Frisbee, and sun baking. But they did not observe any harassment or sexual activity’.
She said the beach north of Grays Lane appeared to be quiet even though it was busy in the designated nude area.
‘This is a win/win situation. Nudists have a space and local residents have a sublime and relatively empty section of beach that stretches all the way to Brunswick Heads,’ Ms Conomy said.