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Naked in the natural world: Naturism and nudism in Newcastle and the Hunter

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Most people don’t proudly proclaim themselves nudists or naturists, but plenty of people have had the occasional skinny dip or naked encounter. These mostly clothed folks, (people like me) are called “textiles” by the nudist community.

While it might not be a hobby that everyone openly admits to, nudists, naturists and skinny-dippers are everywhere. Naturist Stuart Whelan has met nudists from all professions and walks of life. He told me the story of how he and his wife Lucia once dined with a crown prosecutor, a solicitor and a corrective services officer. All were naked, gathered around the dinner table.

Feeling of freedom: A naturist wades into the waves at Samurai Beach, Port Stephens, NSW.
Marina Neil Feeling of freedom: A naturist wades into the waves at Samurai Beach, Port Stephens, NSW.

I found Whelan via the Australian Naturist Federation website and learnt that he also runs The Australian Naturist (TAN) Magazine. He’s based in Port Stephens, NSW, but is originally from Sydney.

Whelan’s journey with naturism didn’t begin until later in life. In 2009 he was on a National Parks’ website and he noticed two beaches in Middle Head in Sydney which were “clothing optional”.

In the late 1800s, a woman’s ankle was such a turn on. It’s all manufactured. If you don’t erotify something there’s no erotic. You’re not attracted to a woman’s cleavage because there is no cleavage.

Stuart Whelan

“I thought ‘in my nearly 50 years of life that’s something I’ve never tried. I’d like to give it a go’. I did a little bit more research. I found Obelisk Beach was a little bit more secluded and not as well used,” Whelan says. “One Saturday morning I thought to myself ‘I’m going down there!’ I jumped in the car and 15 minutes later I’m looking at the sign that said Obelisk Beach This Way.”

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Source: Newcastle Herald

Original publication 18 April, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 5th May 2020

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