This is my first in a series of experiences at various venues and clubs for naturism around south east Queensland and north New South Wales
Ok, straight up I want to confess that Pacific Sun has a special place in my heart. Pacific Sun is the venue that I sort of grew up with as a young naturist. The place that helped me understand and embrace naturist and spiritual values as a lifestyle.
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It was last sunday, finally a beautiful sunny warm Queensland day, the day we’ve come to expect in a Queensland summer, but sadly has become a longed for day in amongst all the rain we’ve received over the past few months. The last time I had visited Pacific Sun was just before the 2011 floods, I expected some changes from what I remembered. I also expected that the flooding that occurred earlier this year to have effected the property and that repairs may still be ongoing.
The hundred plus acres of land has a tidal creek running through it. It also has some native wetlands and is about half native bushland. Upon arriving the evidence already showed that some flooding had left its mark. The wetlands were very wet, large ponds of water lay in amongst the paperbarks and reeds, and I was glad that I remembered my insect repellant.
The main private access road into the property used to be an airstrip. Its approx a kilometre long straight gravel road raised well above the surrounding wetlands. It also sort of acts as the front boundary of the property from public view, although Ive walked nude along this road when doing a circuit around the property. At the end of the airstrip driveway you turn a sharp left to travel a further kilometre into the property proper, past some revegitation areas of beautiful paperbarks and windmills that help pump the wetlands and control flooding. You drive past some fruit orchards and you see the main windmill and the first of the camping areas. The reception/ owners house is the first building you arrive at. You soon realise the desire of the owners to be off grid for needs of electricity and water. Large solar panels and wind turbines greet you at the house, plus the relics of machinery from the properties former use as a commercial farm.
Entry fees at the time of writing are $25 for an adult day/overnight pass. Im not sure of the need to formally register your details with the reception because this time I just handed my money over to James (the owner) and off I went. Previous visits required a check of my details, address, phone number and car rego. You do have to write your name on the whyte board outside the reception and rub it off when you leave. This I assume is in case of an emergency situation so they know who is on site at the time.
The first part (northern) of the property is mostly used for camping, its got sites for caravans and motorhomes, whilst the back end (southern) has space for tenting as well as the community kitchen, shelter and bathroom facilities. I had remembered that at one stage the bathrooms were divided into unisex and women, but at my last visit it is gents and women. I wonder if this is a reflection of moving from a fully nudist only facility to a clothes optional facility. My favourite spot is on the southern end just behind the community shelter. Its got lots of shady trees and is closer to the bushwalk area. I chose this area again because of the shade. Due to my work I really havent seen the sun since November last year, and ive become rather white. So a careful return to tanning is required.
Pacific sun has two “beaches”, actually just easy access to the creek for swimming. The main beach where there is usually a lovely stretch of white sand and the creek flowing on a curve around the beach. There is where I could see some of the damage from flooding. The embankment across from the beach had collapsed in places causing some large trees to fall across the creek. Again, it was really only a change from what I remember, if you were new to Pacific Sun, you’d think it was a normal creek setting. The main beach gives nice sun for most of the day on the sand, with some shady areas in the water under the trees. Its such a beautiful spot for swimming. You can wade out to the stronger tidal flow and depending on the tide float up/down the creek, or lazily sit in the shallows chatting away to the people you meet.
Dog beach is right up at the northern boundary. Sadly it had a lot of overgrown grass and some flood damage to the path. I walked through the growth regardless, meeting a young couple who were returning from their walk. When I got to the beach I could see the erosion of the embankment and fallen trees. I’m sure in time the owners will clean this up as nature returns it to its former beauty.
It was a quiet day, warm and perfect for my planned sitting, thinking, reading, walking and swimming. All this achieved successfully plus meeting few people who happily made themselves known. It was quiet perhaps because there may have only been 20 couples/families onsite. There was however some workers painting and cleaning up preparing for the Easter get together in 2 weeks time.
The bushwalks suffered a little, fallen trees and some minor flooding on the walking tracks. The extra pools of still water added to the mosquito problems, though as I said, I brought the repellant, and suffered no bites. I always see a large Goanna(lizard) he’s about 1.5 metres long and will happily walk amongst people. It was obvious that now we have some sunny days that the owners have a chance to clear fallen timber and long grass.
Pacific Sun will remain a favourite Im sure because Im a nature person who loves quiet and stillness. Ive had times where it was busy at Pacific Sun with sports and family noise, then other times (especially mid week) when it was just me and some residents.
So in some sort of summary:
Quiet, nature, wildlife, off grid, heaps of space, friendly people, caring owners, community kitchen and recreational shelter, mini tennis, large grassed spaces, bush walks, easy access from the Highway, secluded from public, clothing optional for new and trial nudists, well equipped showers and bathrooms, camping and caravan spaces, places for mixing with people or solitude.
No food outlets (though Donnybrook cafe is about 15minutes offsite), not resort living but is more camping oriented, a little more expensive than some of the other South-east Queensland venues
Pacific Sun is family friendly, safe for kids and a great place for newcomers to nudism. Whilst not a party scene for younger people, Ive met many teens and young adults who adore the serenity and natural settings.