It’s no sur­prise this sea­side sub­urb is so pop­u­lar

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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.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

SUM­MER TIME: Peo­ple and dogs at Dicky Beach.

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