The only indication that you about to set foot on a clothing-optional beach is this crudely scratched sign at one of the bush tracks that leads down to Armands Beach.TIM THE YOWIE MAN

The day I was mistaken for a nudist
“Hey Tim, are there any ocean beaches near Canberra where I can legally swim naked?” audaciously asked an email from ‘‘Celeste’’ that lobbed into my inbox a few weeks ago.

As someone who prefers a ‘togs-on’ patch of sand on which to spread my towel, I was somewhat taken aback by the next line of Celeste’s request which read, “Someone told me, you’d be just the man to know!”

After a flurry of subsequent email exchanges, it turns out my curious correspondent confused your Akubra-clad columnist’s vocation of a naturalist (one who studies nature) with that of a naturist (basically, another term for a nudist).

Armands Beach on a sunny summer’s dayARMANDS BEACH LEISURE GROUP & SAPPHIRE COAST TOURISM
Armands Beach on a sunny summer’s day

What’s more, after a bit of digging, due to similar spelling of the two terms, apparently Celeste isn’t the first to make the error. In fact, some nature-based businesses have felt compelled to inform their potential customers of the crucial difference.

Take for example Aurora Expeditions who entice nature-lovers on adventure cruises to showcase the natural wonders of Antarctica and beyond. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Canberra Times

Original publication 1 December 2018

Posted on NatCorn 4 days ago

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