Live the simple life and soak up the sun
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.