It’s no surprise this seaside suburb is so popular
A POPULAR seaside suburb with a rich history, Dicky Beach has a new vibe to it.
There is renewed energy in the local shopping centre that provides everything from a surfboard outlet to coffee shops, a butcher to supermarket, a quality restaurant to fish and chip shop.
It all revolves around the beach and the adjoining holiday park.
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.
Today, the locale provides a mix of housing from simple holiday flats to substantial oceanfront residences.
In recent times, the property market has witnessed significant sales as the confidence of buyers increases in what many describe as paradise.
The beachfront position has seen the median sale price rise to a high of $856,000 at April 2018, a significant lift from the $708,500 last January. The median price was $540,000 in 2013 and the increase since then has been in line with demand for prime precincts including Wilson Ave, Neill, McKay and Cooroora Sts as well as Ngungun St and Crees Pde, while on the western side of Elizabeth St, the creekfront Macdonald St has plenty of appeal.
Some boutique housing developments in recent years have also added to the rise in prices. The way in which new estates such as Driftwood and Scape were taken up in recent years shows the appeal of the suburb.
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-bedroom unit to $4 million-plus on the beach.
The median unit price at April 2018 was $342,250.
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.
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 and 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.
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 with a subsidy from the State Government, the club became a reality.
What started with humble beginnings as 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 at the beach end of Coochin St.
Dicky Beach had its beginnings in 1936 when local real estate agents Farlow & Henzell launched the Dickey Beach 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.
SUMMER TIME: People and dogs at Dicky Beach.