Timing is everything – and ours wasn’t quite right.

We stayed several nights at Le Chateau Naturiste (Blog entry coming soon!) with hopes of figuring out the naturist scene in and around Nelson Bay, or more specifically, the celebrated Samurai Beach.


As many have noted, the first point of business is getting there – and… getting out! Samurai Beach is adjacent to the textile One Mile Beach, separated by an outcropping of rocks that become all but impassable at high-tide. The other way in is on a sandy track from the highway, with a small sign that indicates 4WD is required. Our kind host (Stuart, from Le Chateau) suggested that we leave our car at the parking at One Mile Beach, then he would drive us in to Samurai, which involved a maneuver of letting the air out of the tires so even his 4WD wouldn’t get stuck in the sand. That was the moment I decided, “I will never drive a car – 4WD or otherwise – to Samurai Beach.


This being the week before Christmas, the beach was very quiet. Most people we encountered were nude, but they were far and few between. I had also read complaints about the 4-wheelers that race up and down the beach, along with the gawkers who have ruined many a stay. Neither were an issue for us.


It is perhaps a 15-minute walk from one end of the beach to the other. On the far end, you find an even more treacherous road (says the citified naturist from the US of A) that leads into a small campground with perhaps a dozen or so camping rigs, along with signs about carrying out your rubbish and bringing along your own portable toilet. Stuart tells us that people settle in here for the better part of the summer – up to 6 or 8 weeks at a time. There’s something else that’s not likely to make it onto my bucket list. Only a few miles from all the amenities of civilization, yet almost impossible to get there.


We knew the tide was coming in, and also knew that if we waited too long, scrambling over the rocks would be supplanted with a long walk back out to the highway on the sandy track. Nope! Clothes on and a-scrambling we went. As is typical, we thought the neighboring One Mile Beach to be a lot nicer than the famous nude beach behind us, which always begs the philosophical musings – “What’s the big deal with donning a swimsuit? Is this really necessary?”


Should you put Samurai on your list? Yes.

Should you plan your visit around high and low tide? Yes.

Should you bring a beach umbrella or some such thing to protect yourself from the sun? Absolutely, as there is no natural shade to be found on the beach. For that, we welcomed the cloud cover.

Does Samurai live up to it’s reputation? You bet! Hope to get back there one day.


5 thoughts

  1. Thanks for the great memories that your post brings back to us. We camped there for several days about 12 years ago while ‘meandering’ along Australia’s east coast stopping at a number of the wonderful natural places we could enjoy clothes-free.

    You’re right to advise caution and preparation getting there, especially for driving to the area where people camp. We went with friends who know the beach who’d made this trip a few times previously. For sure there are not many mod-cons, but we don’t mind that when we’re surrounded by nature while living nude with some very friendly and laid back fellow campers. It was warm 24/7 while we were there so we enjoyed the full time nudity this enabled. The long days of freedom and the relaxed atmosphere are still treasured. We had some great evenings sharing meals with are newly made nudist friends.

    I get why you liked One Mile beach, but wearing clothes there when you can be naked next door doesn’t win our vote.

    1. Ha ha! No question. The naked side is much preferred. I dream of a day when we don’t have to scramble over the rocks to get there!

      Thanks for your kind words, and for reading my blog.

  2. If walking in from the highway, where the track bends left at the end of the resort, there is a walking path goes straight on. Lovely spot. Driving in should pose no difficulty to anyone who has done a bit of driving on sand.