21.8 C
Byron Shire
March 8, 2021

Nude bathers happy lifesavers on patrol 

Latest News

Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

Other News

Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.


Jo Faith, Newtown Thank you all at The Echo for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise...

Fossil investments

Brian Mollet, Mullumbimby It is with considerable incredulity that I read in last week’s Echo that Byron Shire has a lazy...

Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

Thanks David Gile – but on Musk

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra I want to thank David Gilet for his appreciation of the thoughts I’ve shared here. It’s very...

Thirteen students inducted into Tweed Youth Council

The Youth Council program hopes develop better relations between Council and Tweed’s young people, by encouraging a mutual respect, and providing opportunities to contribute to civic life in a constructive and meaningful manner.

The first day of surf lifesaver patrols at Tyagarah Beach. Photo supplied.

The red and yellow flags have gone up at Tyagarah’s clothing-optional (CO) beach ensuring all swimmers, both naked and clothed, can swim safely this summer. The flags went up for the first time on Saturday January 12 and the patrols are scheduled to continue until the end of the school holidays.

We welcome the life guards at Tyagarah, which often has strong currents and big waves. All beach users can now feel safe in the water,’ said Debra Conomy from the Byron Naturist group.

‘The life savers started work on a busy day at the beach. Around the middle of the day there were over 70 people enjoying the sunshine and water. Fifty were in couples or small groups and there were 20 single males and a couple of single females. Beach goers were aged from their 20s to their 70s,’ she said. 

The life savers were unperturbed by the nudity and lots of people swam and had fun between the flags. We didn’t see any flailing nude people rescued but several were grateful to receive treatment for bluebottle stings.’

The lifesavers have been given a dual role at Tyagarah. In addition to water safety they are keeping an eye out for undesirable behaviour until Council can put CCTV cameras in place.

This is a perfect time for locals and visitors to try the clothing-optional beach and discover the joy and freedom of being nude in nature,’ said Ms Conomy.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. My wife and I have just spent a few days staying in Byron (and so spending money on accomodation, eating out and buying a few items – all of which helps the economy) and we were very pleased with the SLSA boys being at the beach. We felt Jess and Sam were doing s great job and thanks to council for this initiative. Hopefully it continues during the warmer months. We were interested to count over fifty people on the beach Tuesday and Wednesday (the two days were spent there) and no sign of undesirable elements.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision arising from the sale of the movable dwellings located on waterfront sites along the Tweed River.

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Ballina cleans up!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.