Did you know that Dicky Beach is the only recreational beach in the world to be named after a shipwreck? Yep, it is named after the iron steamboat, the SS Dicky, which ran aground during heavy seas in 1893. It was refloated, but with heavy seas once again, the ship did an about-turn back onto the sand, where it stayed. The SS Dicky was then used as a venue for dances until an upset kerosene lamp destroyed the whole ship.
In 1963, the propeller was removed to use on a memorial cairn, accompanied by a plaque provided by the Queensland Women's Historical Association and this is where we found ourselves.
Propeller from the SS Dicky - Image: Elaine de Wet
In one of the most family-friendly beach areas we've encountered on the Sunshine Coast, with a filled to capacity holiday park, Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park seeming to have an endless variety of fun activities for the family to become involved in. This Holiday Park's entrance is quite deceptive, making it look smaller than what it actually is, but with 84 powered tourist caravan sites (eleven of these with perfect water views); 53 un-powered tent sites and twelve self-contained motel style units, one soon realises there's a lot more there than meets the eye.
Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park - Image: Elaine de Wet
Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park has it's own swimming pool, tennis court, camp kitchen, BBQ's, children's playground, three laundry facilities (with coin operated washing machines and driers); a recreation room; free wi-fi and direct access to the patrolled beach - one can understand why this is such a popular destination for families.
And with the Dicky Beach Surf Club within such close proximity and open every day for lunch and supper from 10.00 till late, there's an opportunity for a meal (or two), Latin night every Wednesday from 7.00pm, live on screen footy games all add to the entertainment value of visiting Dicky Beach for a holiday.
Idyllic Surrounds with Direct Access to Patrolled Beach - Image: Elaine de Wet
Locals and holiday-makers were lazing in the lagoon, fishing, biking, surfing, rollerblading - an idyllically safe location on the Pacific Ocean, 'far from the madden..ing crowds' of more touristy destinations.