Dicky Beach, Queensland

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Dicky Beach
Sunshine CoastQueensland
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Dicky Beach
Dicky Beach is located in Queensland
Dicky Beach
Dicky Beach
Coordinates 26°47′02″S 153°08′08″E / 26.78389°S 153.13556°E / -26.78389; 153.13556Coordinates: 26°47′02″S 153°08′08″E / 26.78389°S 153.13556°E / -26.78389; 153.13556
Population 1,489 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,650/km2 (4,280/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 1,758
Area 0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Location 3 km (2 mi) NE of Caloundra
LGA(s) Sunshine Coast Region
County Canning
Parish Bribie
State electorate(s) Caloundra
Federal Division(s) Fisher
Suburbs around Dicky Beach:
Battery Hill Currimundi Coral Sea
Battery Hill Dicky Beach Coral Sea
Caloundra Moffat Beach Coral Sea

Dicky Beach is both a beach and suburb of the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia, located within the Caloundra urban centre.[2][3] In the 2011 census, Dicky Beach had a population of 1,758 people.[1]

SS Dicky[edit]

SS Dicky, aground at Caloundra
SS Dicky, 1925
SS Dicky, 2012

The area was named after the iron steamboat, the SS Dicky (226 gross tons), which ran aground during heavy seas on 12 February 1893.[3][4] It was refloated, but again, heavy seas turned the ship about and back onto the sand where it remained. Dicky Beach remains the only recreational beach in the world to be named after a shipwreck.[5]

The ship was used as a venue for dances until a kerosene lamp overturned and burned out the ship.[6]

In April 1963, the propeller was removed by the Landsborough Shire Council to use on a memorial cairn, accompanied by a plaque provided by the Queensland Women's Historical Association. The opening ceremony was performed by Queensland Premier Frank Nicklin on 24 November 1963.[7][8]

In 2014, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council decided that the deterioration of the wreck had created a hazard for swimmers due to sharp edges becoming revealed by shifting sand. The decision was taken to relocate the wreck away from the beach.[5] Some deeply buried parts of the wreck will remain on the beach; other parts will be relocated into a foreshore park with an interpretive display, while other parts will be conserved and stored. It is expected that over time more of the wreck will be exposed and will be progressively removed.[7]


The population in 2006 was 1489.[9]


Dicky Beach is a patrolled beach, and is home to the Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club. It has been awarded numerous awards, including the 'DHL Queensland Surf Life Saving Club of the Year' in 2009. There is also a caravan park in the area.


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