Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published October 6th 2012
Enjoy an atmosphere only a beachside town can offer
A beach with its very own shipwreck sounds like something out of a fictional story but that's the reality down at Dicky Beach. The popular and patrolled Sunshine Coast beach has always attracted droves of beach goers and holiday makers, no matter what time of year it is.
Dicky Beach is a great place for a swim - it's patrolled seven days a week. I went down one weekend recently and was blown away by just how busy it was. Hundreds of people I would say were out and about, either swimming, playing in the sand, sunbaking, or even playing beach volleyball.
The history behind this beach is quite fascinating. Dicky Beach is the only recreational beach in the world to be named after a shipwreck. The SS Dicky ran aground during here heavy seas in 1893. It was refloated but the heavy seas turned the ship back onto the sand. It's rusted away into a shell of itself.
You can still see parts of the frame of the ship just north of the red and yellow flags. It's a popular spot for photos - but you really have to see it to believe it. It's great to see that this piece of history has been allowed to stay in its final resting place and hasn't been sold off to some museum. There's also a memorial to the ship just off the beach - it's actually a propeller salvaged from the wreck.
Nearby Beerburrum St has all the shops for your needs
Once you've had your fill of the beach why not duck into town for a bite to eat, to stock up on supplies or just to get out of the sun? Beerburrum Street is where you'll find everything you need. There's a newsagent, a bakery, a surf shop and an IGA supermarket for any day to day items you may need. If you're after a filling feed I'd recommend Smilers Cafe and Restaurant. They're open for breakfast and lunch daily and for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
Back near the beach you find a small park. There are a couple of tables, a set of public toilets and a neat playground for the kids under the shade of some trees. It's also home to the Dicky Beach Skate Park, which is pretty popular with the local youth. It's got a three-foot pipe, a five foot half pipe, a grind box with five stairs and a mini launch ramp, just to name a few of its features.
A couple of picnic tables within earshot of the beach
There's plenty of accommodation in Dicky Beach if you want to make a full weekend out of the area. The Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park offers direct access to the beach and comes with its own swimming pool, full size tennis court, barbecues and recreational area. It's always popular around the school holidays. Portobello by the Sea is a four star favourite in town if you're up for something a bit more luxurious. They've got one, two and three bedroom apartments with open-plan design, large timber decks and private balconies. They've also got a lagoon style heated pool and its own barbecue by the pool.