Nudist retreat owner reveals all ahead of cheeky sale
He has run lingerie restaurants and a controversial nudist retreat, but the time has come for Rainer Mueckenberger to hang up his hat. Somewhere.
Mr Mueckenberger is selling his beloved piece of paradise - the Noosa Nudist Retreat, also known as Noosa Edge Nudist Retreat.
But not before the 71-year-old revealed some of the lesser-known truths of the clothes-free way of life he has been practising since he was a teenager.
Looking back on his time at the retreat, Mr Mueckenberger said there had been many highlights but nothing trumped seeing a loveless couple rekindle their physical connection.
"(A) sex life is extremely important. I feel very privileged and happy to have been able to help some people get back together again and maybe even perfect their love life," the German businessman said.
The resort owner, who built what he called "paradise" after being inspired by a dream, said being naked was the only way people came together as equals.
He said that while there was "absolutely zero pressure" for guests to remove their clothes during their stay, it was nicer if everyone was in "uniform" - meaning naked of course.
"Some women will sit around with a sarong on, and then they go in for a swim naked," he said.
"When they come out they say, 'I am naked, this is fantastic. Why didn't I do this 20 years earlier?".
The seven-foot fence and luscious hinterland backdrop give the shyer guests the opportunity to de-robe and immerse themselves in this new world.
A world complete with BDSM rooms, Tantric massages, bondage courses, and The Cave.
Complete with lights that turn off and on with the human voice, a spa bath with bubbles that reach the ceiling and plenty of convenient ropes, handles and oils, The Cave is not for the faint-hearted.
"Here everything is confidential. It's safe, secure and private," Mr Mueckenberger said.
"Whatever you want to do here you can, as long as it is adult-consenting activities."
When it came time to talk about the types of people who attended his clothes-optional establishment, Mr Mueckenberger remained tight-lipped.
"It doesn't matter whether they are police officers, teachers, or people from the government, once you are naked we are all the same," he said.
"We have various nationalities who, in their home country, are most probably prohibited to be nude in a public place, so they want to try it at my place."
While he wasn't about to name drop, Mr Mueckenberg said there may have been the odd famous face at his resort who showed off more than just their autograph.
"I think I have had a few famous people," he said.
"It is just my nature, the more famous they are the more I ignore them."
As he prepared to sell his much-talked-about resort and property, the optimistic business owner was excited for whatever challenge was thrown at him next.
"People ask me, 'how can you leave the paradise?'," he said.
"I have so many more plans, the universe is telling me I have so much more to do."
The property will be marketed by Harcourts Noosa agents Clint Jensen and Jeremy Krieger, who attended the final, and successful, pitch for the listing in their birthday suits.
"Jeremy and I were prospecting (for listings) on Gumtree when the ad for this (the nudist retreat) came up and we thought f*** it, this sounds like us," Mr Jensen, a self-proclaimed exhibitionist, said.
"So we turned up at the property, not naked this time, but the owner was (naked) as were six or seven people who were just floating around the place.
"The second time we went out he said we would have to be there in the nude if he was going to sign the paperwork so yes, we made that promise.
"It was a listing pitch like no other."
The property will go under the hammer in an online auction on November 6.
Originally published as Nudist retreat owner reveals all