World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne

Meeting Area
Carlton Gardens
Sunday, 5th December 2021
Start time
12:00 PM

The date for the next World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne is 5th December 2021. Be prepared to have a great day!

Please keep your eye on our Facebook event, or our email newsletters for any last minute changes (which sometimes are necessary).

We ride regardless of weather; hot or cold, wind or rain, the ride will still happen! This is Melbourne, we should be used to the variations of weather. You only get this one day in the year to ride in World Naked Bike Ride Melbourne, don’t miss it. It is only due to the most extreme weather conditions which we determine to be unsafe (such as severe electrical storm or flooding), or due to Coronavirus restrictions, which would cause the ride to be postponed or cancelled.

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General public photo location

General public will not be permitted to take photos from inside the Meeting Area. We have designated a separate location for the public to take photos of the riders.

Our Photo Policy applies at the Meeting Area and at the after ride celebration venue. This will be strictly enforced!

For those not riding, we understand that you may want to get a photograph of the ride. Please keep in mind that some riders are shy and may not be comfortable with being photographed. Please ask for permission first.

The designated location for the general public to gather along the route to photograph the riders will be as follows:-

Near Imax Theatre, Melbourne Museum Precinct
Rathdowne Street – Carlton Gardens

Google maps…https://goo.gl/maps/BQB5ywoFTK82

Time TO BE ADVISED, please be respectful of the riders and the venue.

Wait towards the Western end (Rathdowne St end) of the elevated blade roof structure at the Melbourne Museum, Rathdowne St side, near the Imax sign. Do not block the entrance to the Melbourne Museum or the Imax theatre.

This is the only location to photograph the ride, the ride route will not be made public. There is public parking in the area. This location is close to public transport and easy to cycle to.

Before the big day

You don’t have to be naked if you feel uncomfortable, after all the ride is “as bare as you dare”. The idea is to use nudity to help us be seen by drivers – and for them to take notice that we are sharing the road.

There is no need to register before the day, you can just turn up. If you would like to indicate via our Facebook event that you will be attending, this helps us with our planning, but this is entirely optional.

We are riding in a public place. You need to accept that you may be photographed before, during and after the ride. Please refer to our photo policy on our website.

Here’s a checklist to make sure you have everything you need:

  • Bike – check that your tires have enough air and if you haven’t ridden for a while, take your bike around the block to make sure it’s functioning well.
  • Bike hire if required – details are in FAQs
  • Skateboards, roller blades and runners are not permitted, sorry.
  • For 2021, power assisted bikes (e-bikes category only) may be used provided they are legally permitted to be ridden on roads in Victoria.
  • Helmet – this is mandatory and you must wear it. No helmet, no ride.
  • Shoes – bare feet are not a good idea when riding a bike.
  • Body paint – bring your own paint and brushes, and think of some creative slogans to paint on yourself or others. Bring your own paint and brushes, and ask someone nearby if they would mind painting your slogan on your body. Don’t be shy, it is a lot of fun!
  • Water to drink on the ride – riders will not be permitted to go into any shops along the ride to purchase drinks, you need to carry your drinks with you on the ride. You may wish to add a purpose designed drink holder to your bike, available from bike shops.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bathers or small garment should be taken on the ride in case you need to leave the ride for any reason eg, puncture, breakdown.
  • A bag to put your stuff in on the bike – a bike bag is great for keeping your bathers or undies, keys, wallet and phone safe.
  • Horns, bells or whistles – be loud and cheerful.
  • Music making device – play some funky tunes.
  • Cash or credit card (contactless payment) if you would like to donate to keep the ride going – you do not have to donate, but we really appreciate it as the ride costs real $$$ money to organise. You will need to pay for your own food and drinks if you are coming to the after ride celebration.
  • A wash cloth or sponge to remove or wash off excess body paint if you are coming to the after ride celebration. We need to respect the venue. Water is available at the Meeting Area.
  • A broad smile, because you will want to wear it!
  • Please note that drug use or intoxication are not permitted.

Meeting Area

The Meeting Area will be at a location TO BE ADVISED.

The Meeting Area opens for riders at time 12 pm. Bring a pre-ride snack if you wish. This is the time that you should arrive for body painting if you desire, and prepare for the ride. Or you can just arrive at 1.15 pm for the mandatory ride briefing after registration.  The ride starts soon after the briefing.

There are taps nearby to fill your water bottles for free. Toilets are close by. Clothes will be required for the short walk between the Meeting Area and the toilets. Car parking in surrounding streets is free and readily available. Shelter is available from the sun but not from the rain.

Wristbands for the post ride celebration will also be available for a $2 contribution.

Please note that everyone at the Meeting Area is required to comply with our Photo Policy, see the website FAQs for details.

During the ride

There are a number of recommends to help make your ride the most enjoyable experience. Even if you are an experienced rider, you can never be too prepared.

  • Nudity
    • As bare as you dare.
    • Personal choice as to how little to wear.
    • We strongly suggest taking bathers or other small garment on the ride to wear, just in case. Please follow our advice.
    • Please make your own arrangements to carry these small garments, such as a bike bag, or consider a backpack.
  • For everyone’s safety, please ensure that you not alcohol or drug affected.
  • Ride route will not be disclosed prior to the ride due to past traffic issues – riders will be advised on the day and will follow a ride leader.
  • The length of the ride is TO BE ADVISED. The ride route is mainly flat, with just one or two slight uphill sections.
  • The ride is not a race – we will take a leisurely pace. We plan the route to ensure that everyone will be able to complete it.
  • Riders need to keep together in a group during the ride.
  • Ride marshals will provide information and guide the ride. Please follow their instructions at all times.
  • Ride marshals will be easy to identify as they will have an orange triangular flag on the rear of their bikes. It is requested that only ride marshals display orange flags on bikes.
  • Each rider is responsible for compliance with all road rules.
  • Any directions from Police must be followed.
  • There will be rest and photo stops where you can take some selfies and drink the water that you carry with you (don’t forget your drink bottles).
  • A respectful attitude to ride officials, other riders and members of the public is expected – there will be zero tolerance for trouble makers.
  • If you become aware of any inappropriate behaviour, please contact one of the Crew.

After the ride

We expect to have finished the ride at the same location that we started from being the Meeting Area by approximately 4.30 pm. You can stay and have a break and refresh at the Meeting Area for a little while.

Make sure to get a custom wristband for a $2 contribution if you are coming to the after ride celebration.

Further details about the after ride celebration are in the FAQ “I would like details of the after ride celebration”.

Further details

You can get in contact with us by sending us a message via our Facebook Page…


or you can reach out to us using the Contact Us section of this website.