Over 700 nude swimmers took to the Tasman Sea to cool off in the Australian heat and take part in the second annual Sydney Skinny on Sunday.
Competitors ran into the water and attempted to break the world record for the largest nude ocean swim, a record set at last year's inaugural event.
The event is used to strike a blow against negative body image pressure and simply to enjoy a brilliant swim.
Some skinny dippers entered the sea with messages printed on their bodies and others were seen hand in hand with friends.
Sydney Skinny raises money for Australia's National Parks.
Holidays for naturists and nudists
Skinny dippers attempt to break world record for largest nude swim in Sydney
Set in 30 acres in Arizona, Mira Vista (miravistaresort.com) is a beautiful clothing-optional destination with breathtaking views and plenty of historical charm. A guest ranch for over 100 years, it boasts original, luxurious guest rooms and suites, plus space for caravans. Amenities include two pools, two spas, a full-service restaurant and bar, tennis courts, fitness centre, games room and on-site massage. The resort is private and secluded but just three miles from the main interstate highway. Children welcome.
Laguna del Sol (lagunadelsol.com) boasts a 25-acre lake as well as four large pools and three spas. There's cottages and rooms for rent, lots of maintained lawns for camping, and a separate restaurant and clubhouse offering at least two nights of music and dancing each week. What's more, two children's playgrounds and planned kids' activities on summer holiday weekends keep little ones entertained. The resort is open all year.
Terra Cotta Inn is a nude sunbathing resort in sunny Palm Springs, California. A popular mainstream nude sunbathing spot, it's ideal for those trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. It's also considered one of the best value nudist vacation resorts in the world.
The river cruise specialists eWaterways (ewaterways.co.uk) recently announced the launch of four naturist cruises taking place in Croatia in 2012 on a small fleet of motor sailing ships. Island hopping cruises along the stunning Adriatic coastline remain the most popular way to experience Croatia's diverse landscape. Choose from two different itineraries, both of which offer plenty of opportunities for guests to be 'as nature intended' while on board, with clothes required only when in port and during meal times.
The cruises last 8 days and prices start at £389 per person on a half-board basis.
Home to what is commonly held to be Europe's longest naturist beach, the Riva Bella holiday park in Corsica stretches over 70 hectares and offers a range of accommodation to naturist holidaymakers on this part of the island, including secluded bungalows and camping facilities very near the beach. A vitality and well-being spa package is available from €339 including one night in a luxury villa as well as a breakfast and two lunches or two dinners. The offer is valid until 1 November. See visit-corsica.com for more information.
A new naturist resort is opening in the spectacular Cape Winelands in December 2011. Following the success of their Vassaliki Naturist Resort in Kefalonia, British couple owners, Mark and Samantha, are looking forward to their second venture - the Vasnat Spa Resort, with eight suites, four self-catering cottages and one penthouse with pool, spa, bar and dining facilities on site.
Prices from £1,170 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and seven nights' accommodation with breakfast.
Cll Peng Travel on 0800 171 2153 or visit (pengtravel.co.uk) for more information.
Sunbathe on talcum powder sands, snorkel in crystal clear waters and go on a nude cruise to the pristine island of Tintamarre. Stay in an ocean-front chalet at Saint Martin's family-friendly premier naturist resort, Club Orient (cluborient.com) located on a bay protected by the only barrier reef in the eastern Carribean, and enjoy fine dining and extensive duty-free shopping.
Costs from £1,640 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and seven nights' accommodation (self-catering).
Haulover Beach in Miami is a 1.4 mile-long beachfront park with a 0.4 mile designated clothing-optional area that was established by South Florida Free Beaches in 1991. Check out their Nude Year Party planned for New Year's Eve - a three-day two-night beach festival - billed as the most extreme thing to do for New Year's Eve in the world!
The UK's first public naturist beach opened in 1980. Within easy walking distance of central Brighton, Brighton Naturist Beach (also known as Cliff Bathing Beach) is approximately 1 mile east of Brighton Pier towards the Marina, at the end of the main beach. Large banks of pebbles provide some seclusion and public notices mark where the beach begins. You can also take the Volks Electric Railway to Blackrock station. From there the beach is a short walk.
This privately-owned commercial naturist park (www.naturist.co.nz) is in Wairau Valley, Marlborough; a region of spectacular scenic beauty, blessed with high sunshine hours, crystal clear waterways, native bush tracks and majestic mountains - all within easy reach of world-renowned wineries and gourmet delights. There's a fitness centre and heated swimming pool and spa pool on site, as well as a cabin with en-suite bathroom, on-site caravans for hire and five acres of park-like gardens within which guests may camp.
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Skinny dippers attempt to break world record for largest nude swim in Sydney
Why we love it: The Lulworth coast is one of the most dramatic in Britain, crowned by the iconic sea arch of Durdle Door. There's also a host of lesser-known caves and hidden bays. How to get there: Nearest train station: Wool, 9km. Grid ref. SY805802; Postcode: BH20 5PU (800m S); Walk: 15 mins, moderate; Anything to beware of? It's a long steep shingle beach – and an undertow in surf conditions.
Why we love it: This is a superb inland lagoon with a maze of sea caverns and arches leading to the sea. It'sa difficult scramble but there are some jolly good jumps and amazing rock formations. How to get there:Nearest train station: Wool, 8km. Parking: main car park at Lulworth Cove (B3071 then B3070 from Wool) then follow footpath signs behind Heritage Centre for Stair Hole (200m). Cross rope barrier and scramble carefully down scree slope. Grid ref: SY822798; Postcode: BH20 5RH (200m S); Walk: 5 mins.
Why we love it: This man-made rectangular pool sits in a rock ledge. It's also possible to jump off the ledge into deep sea. There are several sea caves for exploring in calm sea. How to get there: Nearest train station: Wareham, 13km. Grid ref. SY998769; Postcode: BH19 3HN (2km S); Walk: 30 mins (difficult at end).
Why we love it: This is a beautiful white sand beach on the northern tip of Iona. Great jumps from basalt columns. How to get there: Nearest train station: Oban, 59km plus ferry. Grid ref. NM29426; Postcode PA76 6SW (1km N); Walk 30 mins, easy.
Why we love it: There are two amazing limestone-cliff swimming sites on Portland Bill with ladders, jumps, caves and wonderful deep, clear waters for snorkelling. Nearest train station: Weymouth, 15km. Grid ref. SY680684; Postcode DT5 2JT; Walk 5 mins, easy.
Why we love it: This excellent family beach offers stacks and freshwater pool. The coast path leads to the Sandy Bay with secret tunnels and deep lagoon formed from collapsed cave. How to get there:Nearest train station: Pembroke, 8km.Grid ref. SR983942; Postcode SA71 5DR (2km E); Walk 15 mins.
Why we love it: This swimming-pool-sized natural rock pool sits in rocks above sea. Deep section for jumping. Constantine Bay,500 metres to the north, is a classic surf beach and leads on to Trevose Round Hole. How to get there: Nearest train station: Newquay, 17km. Grid ref: SW855744 Postcode PL28 8JP (500m W). Walk 5 mins, moderate. Cycle Route 32.
Why we love it: This is a small, sheltered sandy cove at the bottom of a wooded valley, with a wave-cut platform for snorkelling and swimming. How to get there: Nearest train station: Whitby, 13km; Cycle: Route 1. Grid ref: NZ955041; Postcode: YO22 4UQ; Walk: 10 mins.
Why we love it: This is a set of tiny sandy coves on Llanddwyn Island peninsula, with many miles of beach and the stunning backdrop of Snowdonia. How to get there: Nearest train station: Bodorgan, 7km; CycleRoute 8. Grid ref: SH387625. Postcode: LL61 6SG (3km NE); Walk 20 mins, easy.
Why we love it: Dramatic cliff formations, rock colours and marine wildlife. How to get there: Nearest train station: Berwick-upon-Tweed,18km. Grid ref.: NT918686 ; Postcode TD14 5QF (1km N); Walk: 25 mins, difficult.
Why we love it: This superb beach boasts white dunes and access to Scolt Head Island east beach, with various swimming holes and mud slides. How to get there: Nearest train station: King's Lynn, 37km; Cycle: Route 1.Grid ref: TF854459; Postcode : PE31 8JE (2km NE); Walk: 35 mins, moderate.
Wild swimming fanatics should check out Wild Swimming and Wild Swimming Coast, both by Daniel Start. (Punk Publishing, £14.99). Visit wildswimming.co.uk for more.
Imagine a summer of swimming, exploring by the sea and discovering secret beaches and sandy coves, smugglers' caves and deep lagoons...
Why we love it: This is a superb beach with dunes in front of an iconic castle, with rock pools beyond. Depths vary according to the amount of sand blown into the pools by storms. Temperatures reach their warmest during the afternoons. How to get there: Nearest train station: Chathill, 12km; Cycle: Route 1. Grid ref: NU180356; Postcode : NE69 7DD; Walk: 5 mins, easy.