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TREA­SURED in the mem­o­ries of many is Dicky Beach. A pop­u­lar sea­side sub­urb with a rich his­tory and a pos­i­tive fu­ture.

The only recre­ational beach to carry the name of a ship­wreck, this area was named af­ter the SS Dicky. The iron steam­boat came aground while at­tempt­ing to avoid dam­age dur­ing a cy­clone in Fe­bru­ary 1893. Al­though left to de­te­ri­o­rate, the wreck­age re­mained a land­mark tourist at­trac­tion for many years.

Apart from the surf and sand, Dicky Beach of­fers good fish­ing and nu­mer­ous recre­ational bike paths.

Chil­dren of all ages as well as those young at heart will en­joy time at the skate park and play­ground. This is a place where life­long mem­o­ries are made, start­ing with sun­shine, salt­wa­ter and sand.

Set in a prime po­si­tion, the Dicky Beach Hol­i­day Park of­fers a re­laxed fam­ily at­mos­phere along with di­rect beach ac­cess. The park has a range of fa­cil­i­ties and ac­com­mo­da­tion from camp­ing sites to car­a­vans to stu­dio units. Peo­ple re­turn year af­ter year, and for good rea­son.

Thomas John Ballinger was the first per­ma­nent Euro­pean res­i­dent in Caloun­dra and his 1881 choice of land po­si­tioned south of Lake Cur­rimundi was known as Ballinger's Hill. Later named Bat­tery Hill af­ter the Rus­sian scare of 1882, Mr Ballinger’s name is still re­mem­bered thanks to Ballinger Beach which is to the north of Dicky Beach.

Dur­ing World War II, Aus­tralian and Amer­i­can troops oc­cu­pied Caloun­dra to train at the Dicky Beach Army Camp and the Amer­i­can Radar Sta­tions. Af­ter the war, Caloun­dra started to grow, as car own­er­ship be­came more wide­spread.

Sev­eral homes back on to the sand ei­ther side of Tooway Creek, rang­ing from five-star res­i­dences to clas­sic weath­er­board shacks.

The way in which new es­tates such as Drift­wood and Scape were taken up in re­cent years shows the sought-af­ter ap­peal of the sub­urb. It has a dog-friendly beach area, es­tab­lished restau­rants and cafes. There are many pos­i­tives hap­pen­ing.

Dicky Beach has a mix of hous­ing styles, from creek and beach­front to units and town­houses with prices rang­ing from the high $200,000s for a one-bed unit to $4m plus on the beach.

In re­cent times, the prop­erty mar­ket has wit­nessed sig­nif­i­cant sales as buyer’s con­fi­dence in­creases in what many de­scribe as par­adise. Se­lect ar­eas in­clude Wil­son Ave and Ngun­gun St.

The Dicky Beach Surf Life Sav­ing Club, for­mally known as North Caloun­dra SLSC, was es­tab­lished in 1950 af­ter an in­flux of res­i­dents sig­nalled the ne­ces­sity of reg­u­lar pa­trols.

Funds were raised lo­cally to build a club­house and along with a sub­sidy from the State Govern­ment, the club be­came a re­al­ity.

What started out as hum­ble be­gin­nings with a two-storey fi­bro-dwelling on the head­land, was un­for­tu­nately de­stroyed by fire in 1976, hence the thriv­ing surf club that is now a mod­ern fa­cil­ity lo­cated at the beach end of Coochin St.

Dicky Beach had its be­gin­nings in 1936 when lo­cal real es­tate agents Far­low & Hen­zell launched Dickey Beach Real Es­tate 2.5km north of Caloun­dra’s town cen­tre.

Just pic­ture what it was like in those days. A tim­ber bridge over the creek, sim­ple beach houses on the sand dunes and a care­free life­style.

Imag­ine tents pitched on the fore­shore and even a cor­ner shop sell­ing ice creams and mixed bags of lol­lies.

To­day, the lo­cale pro­vides a mix of hous­ing from sim­ple hol­i­day flats to sub­stan­tial ocean­front res­i­dences.

While very much a vi­brant hol­i­day and res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity, Dicky Beach pro­vides the per­fect place for a sim­ple ex­is­tence in mag­nif­i­cent nat­u­ral sur­rounds.

Walk, cy­cle, swim and surf; life doesn’t get much bet­ter.

Dicky Beach.

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