This carnival of naked flesh is supposed to celebrate the longest night of the year bleeding into the shortest day, a twilight zone observed since ancient times and one supposed to symbolise a transferal of energy and ritual cleansing of the soul. Today, this shedding of clothes and inhibitions signals something very different. After calling for registrations and filling them within 25 minutes, 1, people from all over the world have been granted the right to get starkers in public. But as I stand there waiting for the sun to come up, a full moon rises right before my eyes.
Dark Mofo winter solstice nude swim sees hundreds dive into Hobart's chilly River Derwent
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Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. Portia Predny says it didn't take much to convince her to strip off and dive into the cold waters of Hobart's River Derwent on a chilly winter morning. You don't even notice the cold so much, you just notice that it's bracing and exhilarating and adrenaline-inducing, and you just need to move as fast as possible. The air temperature at Long Beach in Sandy Bay was just 3 degrees Celsius, and the water temperature about 13C, as 1, swimmers took to the water at sunrise to mark the end of the longest night — and the end of this year's Dark Mofo festival. This was the second 'official' nude solstice swim Sam Bell, Ms Predny's friend, has done.
‘You run in screaming’: nude swimmers brave cold to mark winter solstice at Dark Mofo
Easygoing Australia has an abundance of choice when it comes to beaches where nudism is legal and accepted. Most of the destinations on this list are nestled away, and home to communities of friendly, like-minded naturists who welcome newcomers. At some, you may be the only person there — just you, the sun, the sand, the surf
Let your inhibitions fall away with your clothing at these nude-friendly experiences around Australia. And the surest way to do that is by stepping out of your clothes. Of course, it helps to have some open-minded new friends airing it all with you.