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Nudist resort plan to crack Fraser Coast tourist market

FLOWER POWER: Herb Taylor wants to establish a nudist resort near Burrum Heads.
FLOWER POWER: Herb Taylor wants to establish a nudist resort near Burrum Heads. Alistair Brightman

A NEW nudist resort planned for Burrum Heads could attract thousands of nature-seeking European tourists to the Fraser Coast.

Herb Taylor, a self-described property entrepreneur and his mother Marg plan to buy a property in the Burrum Heads National Park.

Do you think there is a market for a nudist resort on the Fraser Coast?

This poll ended on 23 February 2016.

Yes, I think it is a great idea and encourage it - 29%

No, there is no market for a nude resort on the Fraser Coast - 64%

I'm unsure at this stage - 5%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

A nostalgic Mr Taylor envisaged the return of the free-spirited 1960s era to the Fraser Coast, with plans to use the property as a resort for people to get their gear off.

"There's a strong demand for the flower-power era to come back again," he said.

Mr Taylor plans to secure Fraser Coast Regional Council approval to change the use of the home to a tourist park and campground.

The secluded home upstream on the banks of the Burrum River was the first built in Burrum Heads.

Current property owner Doug Waters acknowledged his home was a good spot for a nudist retreat.

"They couldn't get any more private - they're surrounded by 2000ha of national park," he said.

Australian Naturist Magazine editor and clothing-optional resort owner Stuart Whelan said nude holidays were becoming more popular.

"The problem has always been a lack of facilities," he said.

"One of the un-tapped markets we have is the European holiday makers.

"They scratch their heads and wonder why Australia with a wonderful climate and beautiful beaches have so few naturist facilities."

About 68,000 Europeans

visit the Fraser Coast each year.

Fraser Coast Opportunities tourism manager Tas Webber said the organisation had not had discussions about clothing-optional tourism opportunities - but did not rule out the idea.

"We'd have to explore that market further," he said.

"Europeans enjoy a nature-based experience."

Mr Taylor, 64, said he would tap-in to the market of people who already used the Burrum River to swim naked, including him.

"I swim in the Burrum River and some of the sheilas go 'stark-bollocking naked'," he said.

"Sometimes when I go for a swim I drop my pants under the water and the freedom is just amazing.

"You don't show anyone, you just keep it to yourself."

The council's director of community and development Peter Smith said Mr Taylor would need to

apply for a "material change of use" for the property.

"The nudity aspect would primarily be considered by other government departments," he said.

"Council could make submissions on that aspect of a proposed development."

A petition from Poona resident John Hart to establish a clothing optional beach at Dundowran Beach has 917 signatures.

It will be submitted to the State Government on March 1.

Topics:  burrum heads, fraser coast, nudist




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