Clothing Optional Camp/Cabin
Burnett River, Bungadoo Qld 

Free Body Culture. 

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Clothing is Optional
Is it on your bucket list?
Shades of Nudity
Clothing Optional or Nudist - what's the diff?
When, or if, you ever have the inkling to visit a place where everyone is allowed, even encouraged, to be baring it all, it is preferable to have some idea of the rules, especially the unspoken ones. In the first instance, it is good to know the difference between retreats designated as CO (Clothing Optional) and those advertised as Naturist (Nudist). In a scale of societal and cultural attitudes, we would see the true nudist at one end, the true textiler at the other, and somewhere in between is the CO attitude – do as you please, and likewise for me.
A nudist resort will be for nudist couples only. Usually you will need to be referred by an existing member of the group, or at least do a good sell on yourself. You will be expected to strip off within hours of arrival. If it is your first time, quite often there is some leeway in that time scale. Some resorts have a private cabin for first timers and allow 24 hours for you to get comfortable with being completely textile free. Nevertheless, you will be expected to join the group around the pool, barbecue or community area.
Are there rules?
The unspoken rule here is to make sure you are not putting your bare bum on chairs. Always bring a bit of cloth to sit on, whether it is a towel, hand towel or sarong. I think it is safe to say that this type of resort is about making friends with like-minded people. They provide community areas, games nights and other types of entertainment.
Of course, at the other end of the scale is where 90% of us remain – bound by tight, uncomfortable, hot, sweaty micro-plastic textiles. Cover up and you can go anywhere. Take your top off and we are in a whole new world of preconceptions, prejudgments and prejudices. But you, my friend, are not one of those people, or you wouldn’t have made it this far into the blog.
Clothing Optional (CO)
So somewhere in the middle is the clothing optional state of being. A place where people just want to be themselves comfortably without caring what other people think about their bodies. An environment where there is no pressure to take off your clothes and no embarrassment if you do. For example, what if your partner liked the naturist lifestyle, but you had inhibitions, be it from poor body image, cultural differences or past experiences? Or perhaps you are a closet nudist?
There is nothing wrong with being discerning when it comes to baring it all. Going around the house starker’s is not the same as shaking hands with a stranger in your birthday suit. Some people make you feel uncomfortable when you meet them whether you are clothed or not. The discerning naturist carries with him/her a pleasant sarong or long scarf, so that when uncomfortable, covering up is an easy and smooth action.
Clothing Optional places will never make you feel uncomfortable for being clothed around nudists. Alternatively, clothed visitors should not make nudists feel uncomfortable either. Follow the silent rule – do not balk, do not stare, be respectful and keep your eyes on people’s faces, not their bodies. If you can’t do that, this is not the place for you. If you want to stare at nude bodies, go to the beach. Oh yes, another unspoken rule – no sudden moves please. One story is told about a group sitting around a table when a ball rolled under it. A bloke dove under to retrieve it- only to see all the women jump back in alarm. It’s always a clever idea to be aware of yourself when you are bending over too – who is behind you and what are they seeing?
At Bungadoo Breeze, there are a few campsites that are very private as is the cabin for hire. We aim to give the best experience ever for first-timers.
What causes a 70-year-old to go skydiving? Swim with a manta ray? Drink beer at a German Octoberfest? You don’t need a health scare, a life-changing event or retirement to decide on a bucket list.
The older you are, the more priority is placed on the ‘must-do’ list. When young, fit and invincible, some would say that life itself is their list of intentions, especially if they feel in control, in the driver’s seat. As you get on, however, the thought that you may die without having had certain experiences leads one to create this often-difficult list of tasks and commit to working through it before it is too late.
I have been working on my list for years. After each health scare, it comes out. A 4WD trek through the desert. A mountain hike. Whale-watching. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. Visit NZ. Catch a barramundi. When making your bucket list, consider the following – dreams, goals, fears and achievements.
The whole issue with the hit list is that it is designed to give you an adrenaline boost, an increase in pheromones and a sense of accomplishment. Perhaps it is about facing fears. It has been said that every fear hides a wish. It has also been said that a fear reflects a flaw. Whatever the reason, feeling fearful is part of the process that brings about success. Perhaps if we could interpret our fear as a flaw, then the wish to overcome the flaw will be an item on the bucket list.
An example of this is experiencing nudity in the company of other nudists. Facing the fear of body image is huge - for women especially. Such exposure is bound to cause some discomfort, right? Surprisingly, first-timers often recount that they very quickly became comfortable with their own personal nudity and the nudity of others. Because it does feel so natural, it feels unnatural when the clothes come back on!
Intentions should be written down and shared to maximize commitment. There is no limit to your goals, but perhaps it is wise to break it down into achievable chunks for each decade of your life. For example, in your 30’s you may have on your list to seek adventure or try sports activities. In the 40’s, you might want excitement, events or education. The 50’s may see you do volunteer & community work or enjoy nature & wildlife. The 60’s may take aim at travel, family, local experiences or just for fun activities.
It really doesn’t need to be expensive. After all, you only want to try it the once, right? Sure, skydiving, zorbing, white- water rafting or riding an elephant will cost. But it can be financially achievable to learn to surf, sing or belly dance. What about publishing a book or a blog? For even cheaper options, consider giving blood, holding a snake or climbing to the top of a tree.
Or you could do what many are already doing. Go nude at Bungadoo Breeze!
I like to think in shades. If my opinion was a color, it would be a pastel rainbow. There are so many variables to consider in this era of enlightenment, equality and education. Nothing is black and white anymore, literally and metaphorically.
We now accept gender-neutral policies, and politically correct language, so that we can, as a society, better embrace other people’s attitudes and behaviors. Well then- I think it is about time we looked at our attitude to nudity, from both the nudist and the non-nudist perspective. This would mean that nudists could have legitimacy and acceptance, and in turn, accept different shades of nude.
We allow the immersion of violence and sex to our youth, yet we either bauk or giggle at a naked body full frontal. We continually shun the idea of nudity. Must we always be clothed because we can’t trust our banal instincts? Why is it so hard to accept the pleforia of the human shape? Is it body image? Is it conditioning for our so-called best interest?
Why must we be either totally nude or totally clothed? Going to a nudist joint for the first time is crazy hard for many of us. One minute you are dressed, next you are almost bullied into taking your clothes off or you can’t stay.
Imagine if there was more acceptance in the nudist community for people who may wish to stay clothed, or partly clothed. It would be understood that there are reasons for your level of comfort. It may be that some of us have body issues, and quite possibly for good medical reason! Or maybe we had a strict up-bringing and been taught to believe that we are all dirty sinners. Some of us have our own attitude that our private parts are not for general viewing. Often we have a partner who loves nude lifestyle. There are practical reasons too- we may feel comfortable with our boobs supported, or our skin protected from the sun.
And non-nudist, just a heads up. Yes, that’s right – head’s up! Keep eye contact, and you won’t get that ogling behavior that goes with the thought “OMG, where do I look?” Just look at the face of the person you are talking to, simple really..
 If you are free enough in mind and spirit, you should also be understanding enough to know that there are at least 5 shades of nudity. Here are mine:
Partial Nudity. The sarong. This versatile piece of material can be used for both the male and female body. Cover as much or as little as you like. Throw it over the shoulder if your skin is burning, use it as a towel after a skinny dip, their uses know no bounds. Every nudist owns one, I’m sure, even if it is just to sit on.
Situational nudity. This means that social nudity is not your thing. You may want your privacy respected. Introverted, shy. Well, make your nude experience private. Ask if there are private sites available. Position your van/tent carefully. Let the host know your situation.
Transparent Nudity. See-through clothing is usually flowing, colourful and safe in that you feel clothed. Nudists around you may feel comfortable with this shade of nudity.
Part – time Nudity. If skinny dipping is your thing. If nude bush walking is what you like. You may pass others, say hello, but you are not likely to see them again.
Glimpses of nudity. Choose for yourself your own level of comfort in nudity. Perhaps it is an over sized see through T-shirt, or a bikini, or just undies.
Your choice. Always your choice…
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31 Galeas Rd, 
Bungadoo. 4671
Queensland, Aus
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