Travel Notes | Dicky Beach



We are spoilt for choice for beaches in Australia. It’s the main selling point to visit the tropical paradise and submerse in the culture and lifestyle. Sun, surf, and sand? It’s the lifestyle most of us only ever dream of, however, should you find yourself in Australia, what beaches are at your disposal? If you visit Brisbane, expect to travel for your sunshine and beach dreams, there is none close to the city. For you surfers, there is Bribie Island which occasionally chucks knee-high waves, when the mood is right. To get a glimpse of some froth, you will need to head further north, Caloundra to be exact. There are a few beaches to choose from at Caloundra, Kings, Moffat or Dicky’s. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages for both sunbathing and surfing. Starting out? Kings. Reef? Moffat. The combination of both? Dicky. Caloundra holds a unique advantage when it comes to surfing. There is a mixed variety in such a short amount of space.

Think of Dicky Beach as the less busy Mooloolaba.

Dicky beach gets its name from a shipwreck that is still on the beach called, you guessed it, SS Dicky. The boat wrecked onto shore on 12 February 1893. Despite an attempt to push it back out to sea, the SS Dicky laid to rest on the beach. Fun fact, Dicky Beach remains the only recreational beach named after a shipwreck. The ship was used as a venue for dances until a kerosene lamp overturned and burned out the ship. There’s plenty of parking and facilities available at Dicky Beach, free parking which is standard for Australia (cheers Cornwall Council). For you non-surfers, Dicky Beach is vast and open enough to ensure you have your own space without the crowds. Think of Dicky Beach as the less busy Mooloolaba. Lifeguards are always on patrol so you can swim knowing you’re in safe hands.


There are two options when surfing Dicky Beach; beach breaks or a short walk to Anne Street Reef. If you are surfing the beach, there are plenty to choose from, the crowds are quiet enough and the paddle is short and sweet. If you are surfing the reef, there may be a crowd, I’m not sure if local territory is an issue or not around these parts, so tread with caution. Dicky Beach is also featured on Surfline, and the surf can be checked via webcam. Dicky Beach, perfect for those arriving into Brisbane and are looking for a decent place to surf. Not only set in a quirky seaside town but also offers surf conditions for all abilities. Forget the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise is haggard and is the Newquay of Australia (Cornish folks will know what I mean). Head north; the beaches are beautiful, landscapes remarkable, and without a doubt, the Sunshine Coast is the best when it comes to surfing.