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What am I getting into at Kambah pool?

By new-berran - 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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RKLT 2:31 pm 27 Oct 11

When I lived in Canberra in the 1970s & early 80s Kambah Pool was very popular with all Canberrans. It was generally understood that the sandy areas near the car park were famil-orientated and clothes were on. A bit further downstream and you came to a nude area, after you passed a sign warning you that it was clothes optional. This was usually still families – naked! However if you went some distance further & climbed through a rocky patch, most of the naked were men & mostly there to meet each other. No one seemed to mind & (other than husbands going for a “walk”) the various groups all had a good time & no one was offended. I was sad to see when I was there in 1995 that it had become a bit seedier and a lot dirtier (rubbish i the car park & surrounds). I also read about breakins to parked cars. A great pity as the Pool was an institution – the generally encroaching suburbs have ruined it I guess.
I have a great memory of spending the day in the gay area enjoying the sun and swimming. At the end of the day I met up with some friends on the way back to the car – we had a fire on the beach & watched the sun set.

Peewee Slasher 12:59 pm 03 Aug 09

I took an exploratory walk there many years ago. All I saw was a man wearing a curtain ring big enough to need a 1/4 ” gutter bolt to hold it together.

Turned around and never went there again!

p1 11:50 am 03 Aug 09

Although random groups of bush walkers and rock climbers seems to pop up out of the blue.

I’ve been in this group, but have also only even seen older fat men.

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