Record Crowd Joins Festival's Naked Swim For Winter Solstice
Tasmania's Dark Mofo event drew almost 2000 people for its annual nude splash, including one couple that also tied the knot.
As the sun rose on the shortest day of 2019, Dark Mofo Festival attendants -- 1,915 to be exact -- took to the icy waters of the River Derwent.
As soon as the ceremonial orange flare hit the sky at 7.42am, swimmers clad only in red caps dropped their white towels and raced towards the water.
Participants included Simone Richardson and Aaron Wilhelmsen, a Queensland couple who were married right before they ran into the water.
The lovebirds, their witnesses and their celebrant Tim Grimsey were naked during the ceremony on Sandy Bay’s Long Beach.
"Not having to think of outfits has been a huge weight off our shoulders," Richardson told the ABC ahead of the nuptials.
Around 2,200 people signed up to take part in the swim, with roughly 300 being no-shows on the day. Spectators are not allowed on the beach.
Water temperatures at the beach were around five degrees but felt a few degrees cooler, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The winter tradition has been held for seven years as part of Dark Mofo, a two-week celebration of 'the dark' through art, food, film, music, light and noise.