Outrage at risk of closing Australia's nude beach

By Thanh Tam   February 16, 2024 | 10:00 pm PT
Outrage at risk of closing Australia's nude beach
Tyagarah Beach in the north of Byron Bay is a haven for nude beach-goers. Photo courtesy of Tripadvisor
This April’s possible closure of Tyagarah Beach, much loved by naturists from Australia and around the world for its permission of nudity, has sparked a heated debate among tourists.

Situated in the north of Byron Bay, the 800-meter-long beach has long been a haven for nude beach-goers in recent years. It is part of the Tyagarah Nature Reserve and maintained by the New South Wales state government, CNN reported.

However, the state government last year complained to the local council that public nudity was "not consistent with the values the reserve is managed under."

A vote on Feb. 22 will decide on whether the beach would be open to naturists or not, News.com.au reported.

However, not everyone agrees with the idea of banning nudity at this famous beach.

A naturist has launched a petition to stop the imminent banning of nudists at Tyagarah Beach, with 1,125 signatures as of Feb. 14.

The petition is addressed to Penny Sharpe, New South Wales' environment minister.

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