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What am I getting into at Kambah pool?

By 16 January 2009 63

Good afternoon all

I have just returned from lunch where i witnessed an interesting debate relevant to the current hot weather we are having.  Whilst chatting about local water holes, the two people I was eating with entered into a debate regarding Kambah Pool.  In short, they were trying to determine if it is a nudist beach or a gay nudist beach? As someone who is quite new to the city, I really need to know the correct answer as the two are quite different!

Any wise locals wish to comment?

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63 Responses to What am I getting into at Kambah pool?
#1
frontrow8:46 am, 16 Jan 09

I went there 20 years ago harbouring teenage fantasies of what a nudist beach must be like.

The only people there were aging fat men.

I haven’t been back.

#2
Thumper8:50 am, 16 Jan 09

Nudist, not gay.

Go to the Cotter or Uriarra…

#3
dexi8:51 am, 16 Jan 09

“I really need to know the correct answer as the two are quite different!”

How are they different?

#4
captainwhorebags8:57 am, 16 Jan 09

I always thought that the part of Kambah Pool that you drove to and parked at was just a swimming hole in the river without any particular designation. There was always apparently a nudist part, but further along the river.

#5
Growling Ferret8:59 am, 16 Jan 09

90% of Kambah pool is non nudist swimming hole. Always used to be a favourite as a kid for nice deep water that was actually moving a little bit and not stagnating…

To get to the nudist part its a 500m or so trek down the riverbank.

#6
Wide Boy Jake9:25 am, 16 Jan 09

The area near the carpark is straight nudist. The gay area is further on.

#7
justbands9:30 am, 16 Jan 09

> The area near the carpark is straight nudist. The gay area is further on.

There’s no nudists near the car park, regardless of sexual preference. The nudists, gay & straight alike, are (as mentioned) 500m or so upstream.

#8
Pandy9:38 am, 16 Jan 09

Any lesbian parts?

#9
justbands9:41 am, 16 Jan 09

> Any lesbian parts?

I think the first comment answered that…

“The only people there were aging fat men.”

#10
boomacat9:58 am, 16 Jan 09

naked aging fat men *shudder*

#11
Wide Boy Jake10:00 am, 16 Jan 09

The gay area further down is almost completely overgrown now and far fewer go there than in years gone by.

#12
p110:06 am, 16 Jan 09

The nudists, gay & straight alike, are (as mentioned) 500m or so upstream.

Umm, isn’t it downstream?

Because I have walked upstream from there many times, but never seen people, let along fat nude men.

#13
willo10:08 am, 16 Jan 09

or lesbians that look like ageing fat men……

#14
notdingers10:10 am, 16 Jan 09

From memory when you drive down there I think there is a fork in the road. If you go right there is a nudist bit (as mentioned a fair walk from the carpark) but if you turn left you avoid the whole question

#15
wishuwell10:13 am, 16 Jan 09

The ungratefull half of the current wishuwell life experience and myself spent yesterday evening in the water and I got to say it was fantastic. We were there till about 9:45. On the way back to the car torches guiding the way tuhotcwle thought she saw some bods in the bushes and asked if we should assist in guiding them back to the car park as it was very dark. Luckily it was dark enough that she didn’t see the look I gave her. Naivety where would I be without you.

#16
johnboy10:15 am, 16 Jan 09

Wide Boy Jake said :

The gay area further down is almost completely overgrown now and far fewer go there than in years gone by.

The internet is a wonderful thing…

#17
Gerry-Built10:23 am, 16 Jan 09

wishuwell #15 – LOL! sweet…

I grew up in Kambah and frequented the normal Kambah Pool… I used to like mucking about in the rapids…

There was a clear demarcation of where i would go to though – the aging sign that indicated nude bathing was allowed beyond said sign; It was about 500m downstream (from the public swimming area), and well sign-posted (that was at least 15 years ago though).

I would assume it would still be well sign-posted…

#18
peterh10:29 am, 16 Jan 09

Gerry-Built said :

wishuwell #15 – LOL! sweet…

I grew up in Kambah and frequented the normal Kambah Pool… I used to like mucking about in the rapids…

There was a clear demarcation of where i would go to though – the aging sign that indicated nude bathing was allowed beyond said sign; It was about 500m downstream (from the public swimming area), and well sign-posted (that was at least 15 years ago though).

I would assume it would still be well sign-posted…

or the sign is adorning some bah boy’s bedroom.

#19
Skidbladnir10:37 am, 16 Jan 09

johnboy said :

The internet is a wonderful thing…

I’d have thought you knew that already, Jb…
It was at the top of your Infamous List

#20
hairy nosed wombat10:38 am, 16 Jan 09

Directions on how to get to the nudist part of Kambah pool can be found at the Free Beach Association of Australias Website.

They have directions to a number of nude beaches in Australia.

As i under stand it the first beach (about 250 meters downstream, or going north from the carpark) is the straight beach, and the second and third beach (or sandy area) is the gay area.

The area beneath, and upstream (or south) from the carpark is a Textile (or not nude) swimming area.

#21
Wide Boy Jake10:40 am, 16 Jan 09

peterh said :

Gerry-Built said :

wishuwell #15 – LOL! sweet…

I grew up in Kambah and frequented the normal Kambah Pool… I used to like mucking about in the rapids…

There was a clear demarcation of where i would go to though – the aging sign that indicated nude bathing was allowed beyond said sign; It was about 500m downstream (from the public swimming area), and well sign-posted (that was at least 15 years ago though).

I would assume it would still be well sign-posted…

or the sign is adorning some bah boy’s bedroom.

The sign was replaced three times before they gave up. It read “Naked bodies may be encountered past this point”. It was a direct pinch from the warning broadcast before the Alvin Purple TV show on the ABC in 1976 (when nude bathing at Kambah was legalised).

#22
peterh11:03 am, 16 Jan 09

hairy nosed wombat, you need directions?

the signs to get there are pretty prominent.

#23
clueless7011:08 am, 16 Jan 09

I’d say Kambah pool is in effect a gay nudist beach, like most de-facto or legislated nude beaches I’ve used in Australia. This may just be because it is mostly gay men who are brave enough to use them. Overseas, elements of gay and straight culture share nude beaches equally, but there is an engrained prudishness in our own culture that seems to make the non-gay part of society unable to cope with the idea of public nudity.

Two visits to Kambah pool the last two years have revealed that the only patrons of the nudist area these days seem to be lobster-coloured men of varying ages – but tending towards middle age, and presumably gay – who lie about portentously alone and ‘reading’ a book, or stand in conference tugging each other’s genitals in a companionable manner. This may be distracting to people who come down there to swim and who don’t share these sexual tastes. I have never been harassed or pursued down there, but finding a stretch of water that you can claim as your own for any length of time is difficult. There appears to be a presumption on the part of others that if you are a bloke wandering around alone then you are likely to be free for some masonic genital tugging. Other lone wanderers will discreetly but purposefully keep strolling by to check you out until they pick up the wavelength of profound indifference one is broadcasting.

I think it’s a shame that a wider section of society doesn’t make use of the pools, as it did in the past. An adolescent visit there many years ago revealed adults and children of both genders as well as lobster-men, and was educational as well as liberating.

#24
Wide Boy Jake11:09 am, 16 Jan 09

I would assume it would still be well sign-posted…

or the sign is adorning some bah boy’s bedroom.

The sign was replaced three times before they gave up. It read “Naked bodies may be encountered past this point”. It was a direct pinch from the warning broadcast before the Alvin Purple TV show on the ABC in 1976 (when nude bathing at Kambah was legalised).

I stand corrected. As I remember the final version of the sign was changed to “Nude bathing permitted in this area”. Again it was stolen within a few months.

#25
Woody Mann-Caruso11:31 am, 16 Jan 09

No nudists, no gay frolicking. If it’s 500m down the river as everybody claims, I haven’t seen it on my treks.

#26
AngryHenry11:39 am, 16 Jan 09

Kambah and Nudists!!!

Add that to your list of words that should never be used together.

All’s I have to say is eeeeeewwwwwwww!

#27
AngryHenry11:44 am, 16 Jan 09

clueless70 said :

I’d say Kambah pool is in effect a gay nudist beach, like most de-facto or legislated nude beaches I’ve used in Australia. This may just be because it is mostly gay men who are brave enough to use them. Overseas, elements of gay and straight culture share nude beaches equally, but there is an engrained prudishness in our own culture that seems to make the non-gay part of society unable to cope with the idea of public nudity.

Two visits to Kambah pool the last two years have revealed that the only patrons of the nudist area these days seem to be lobster-coloured men of varying ages – but tending towards middle age, and presumably gay – who lie about portentously alone and ‘reading’ a book, or stand in conference tugging each other’s genitals in a companionable manner. This may be distracting to people who come down there to swim and who don’t share these sexual tastes. I have never been harassed or pursued down there, but finding a stretch of water that you can claim as your own for any length of time is difficult. There appears to be a presumption on the part of others that if you are a bloke wandering around alone then you are likely to be free for some masonic genital tugging. Other lone wanderers will discreetly but purposefully keep strolling by to check you out until they pick up the wavelength of profound indifference one is broadcasting.

I think it’s a shame that a wider section of society doesn’t make use of the pools, as it did in the past. An adolescent visit there many years ago revealed adults and children of both genders as well as lobster-men, and was educational as well as liberating.

#28
AngryHenry11:48 am, 16 Jan 09

Damn! Sorry about posting that quote…

In reference to it. Regardless of not being harassed I don’t really find anything educational or remotely liberating about going for a swim only to stumble upon a group of middle aged fat men pulling each other. Gay or straight I hardly find that behaviour appropriate, especially when there’s the chance that other members (excuse the pun!) of the public could be in the area.

Nudity is one thing but lewd conduct is another altogether.

#29
Wide Boy Jake1:12 pm, 16 Jan 09

AngryHenry said :

Damn! Sorry about posting that quote…

In reference to it. Regardless of not being harassed I don’t really find anything educational or remotely liberating about going for a swim only to stumble upon a group of middle aged fat men pulling each other. Gay or straight I hardly find that behaviour appropriate, especially when there’s the chance that other members (excuse the pun!) of the public could be in the area.

Nudity is one thing but lewd conduct is another altogether.

When I used to go there as a schoolkid in the 1970s and the years following you usually went into the bushes or other hidden/discreet area away from others to get off. Obviously things have changed since then.

#30
Quasi1:29 pm, 16 Jan 09

I’ve seen people of the female persuasion there over the last couple of years (in the straight section). Invariably they were accompanied by a male, which is understandable – my female significant other went with me once – she liked the location but was put off by the creepy guy in the distance touching himself.

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