Dicky Beach, Queensland

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Dicky Beach
Dicky Beach.jpg
Dicky Beach
Dicky Beach is located in Queensland
Dicky Beach
Dicky Beach
Coordinates26°47′02″S 153°08′08″E / 26.7838°S 153.1355°E / -26.7838; 153.1355 (Dicky Beach (centre of suburb))Coordinates: 26°47′02″S 153°08′08″E / 26.7838°S 153.1355°E / -26.7838; 153.1355 (Dicky Beach (centre of suburb))
Population1,895 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,900/km2 (4,910/sq mi)
Area1.0 km2 (0.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s)Sunshine Coast Region
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 coastal suburb of Caloundra in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] In the 2016 census, Dicky Beach had a population of 1,895 people.[1]


The suburb is bounded by the Coral Sea to the east, Buderim Street to the north, Coonowrin Street to the west, and Tooway Creek to the south.[4]

The land use is residential, apart from the caravan park facing the beach (26°46′56″S 153°08′14″E / 26.7823°S 153.1371°E / -26.7823; 153.1371 (Caravan park)).[4]


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][5] It was refloated, but again, heavy seas turned the ship about and back onto the sand where it remained.[6]

The ship was used as a venue for dances until a kerosene lamp overturned and burned out the ship.[7]

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.[8][9]

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.[6] 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.[8]

In the 2016 census, Dicky Beach had a population of 1,895 people.[1]


The population in 2011 was 1758 with a median age of 48.[10]


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.


Currimundi Special School is a special government primary and secondary (Prep-12) school for boys and girls at Buderim Street (26°46′40″S 153°08′09″E / 26.7779°S 153.1359°E / -26.7779; 153.1359 (Currimundi Special School)).[11][12] In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 215 students with 62 teachers (54 full-time equivalent) and 71 non-teaching staff (43 full-time equivalent).[13]

There are no regular schools in Dicky Beach. The nearest government primary school is Currimundi State School in neighbouring Currimundi to the north. The nearest government secondary school is Caloundra State High School in neighbouring Caloundra to the south-west.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Dicky Beach (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Dicky Beach – beach in the Sunshine Coast Region (entry 9915)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Dicky Beach – suburb in Sunshine Coast Region (entry 48606)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  5. ^ Monumental Queensland: signposts on a cultural landscape by Lisanne Gibson & Joanna Besley
  6. ^ a b "Historic SS Dicky wreck to be relocated – ABC Sunshine & Cooloola Coasts Qld – Australian Broadcasting Corporation". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Monumental Queensland : signposts on a cultural landscape / Lisanne Gibson & Joanna Besley – Details – Trove". trove.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b "SS Dicky: History of iconic shipwreck ready for removal". ABC News. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Backwards glances: The S.S. Dicky in fabric of Coast history". Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Dicky Beach". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 August 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ "State and non-state school details". Queensland Government. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Currimundi Special School". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ "ACARA School Profile 2018". Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Retrieved 28 January 2020.

Further reading[edit]

  • Mann, Charles H. (Charles Harold); Landsborough (Qld. : Shire). Historical Society Museum (1985), The wreck of the Dicky, The Shire of Landsborough, Historical Society Museum, ISBN 978-0-9596510-3-4
  • "WRECK OF THE STEAMER DICKY". The Brisbane Courier. 14 February 1893. p. 3. Retrieved 4 August 2015 – via National Library of Australia. — the mate's account of the wreck

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