Dicky Beach is named after the shipwreck the S.S. Dicky and is the only recreational beach in the world to be named after a Shipwreck. In 1893, the S.S. Dicky ran aground and this is where it rests today. There isn't much left to look at, but it makes an interesting photo!
The beach is nice, and it is patrolled for safe swimming, There is a creek which enters the ocean here it is not suitable for swimming. There are the usual picnic, barbeque area and skate bowl can be found at the nearby park.
There is also a nice boardwalk which goes from Dicky Beach to Currimundi, about 2.5kms. Nice views of the beach and ocean.
Car parking was difficult, [cnr Beerburrum & Elizabeth streets] only a small area and full, we did manage to find a park in an adjacent street.
Shelly beach is a beautiful little beach nestled between Moffat Headland and Kings Beach.
There are rocks on either side with the Beach in the centre. At the southern end of Shelly Beach is rocky Caloundra Head (also known as Wickham Point).
A plaque here reminds us of the loss of 301 men, women, crew and medical staff, on board the Centaur which was torpedoed and sunk by Japanese forces near Cape Moreton in 1943.
The 66 year mystery surrounding its final resting place was solved on the 20/12/2009 with the discovery of the ship''s wreck off the Queensland coast. It will remain where it rests, as it is in very, very deep water.
Further on are the sandy beaches at Kings Beach, which has a patrolled beach, surfing and snorkelling. There are picnic and barbecue facilities, an ocean pool at the northern end of Kings Beach and a boat ramp nearby.
Shelly Beach is quite popular for weddings, and the wedding photo's are take on the flat rocks beside the crashing waves, they come out rather nice, I have seen some.
A short walking track above the beach is a great place to take in the views.
This beach is crowded during the season. There is a surf patrol here with area's to swim, to surf and to boogy board.
Also the council has provided a kids wet play rear at the entrance to the beach as well as a swimming pool at one end of the beach (best of all its free)
Dickey Beach is the perfect destinatin for a great day. Start the day off with a swim next to the wreck of the SS Dicky. While you are relaxing in the sun the kids can go to the skate park near the car park, overlooking the beach or if they are interested you can organise surfing lessons for them. (Ann Street Dicky Beach is always in the surfing reports). There are great take-a-ways across the street. Go for a long walk in the afternoon up to Lake Currumundi. Walking in the other direction takes you to Moffat Headland which is great to explore and fish from. If you are here in September there is a good chance you may see whales. Finish the day with a great meal at the Lifesavers club house.
Need some exercise and a dose of fresh sea air?
Try the Bulcock Beach boardwalk which starts at Tay Avenue Caloundra. The walk is part of a coastal path that will take you to Currumindi approximately 9 kilometres north.
For we mere mortals on a restricted exercise routine there is a convenient turning place on Kings Beach at the end of Levuka Avenue where an early morning cup of coffee and breakfast is available at the Coffee Cat Restaurant.
For those wishing to “up the anti” as regards energy use, there are static exercise bars nearby with graphics on how they are best used.
The walk features wonderful views of both the still waters of the Pumicestone Passage with Glasshouse Mountains in the distance and the surf along Kings Beach and Caloundra Headland.
You may see some surfing action, a passing ship or fisher-folk crossing the bar in their motor boats.
The walk is lit at night, has beach showers at regular intervals for swimmers to wash off salt water. There are several toilet facilities and access for people with a disability.
With access to absolute water front so restricted in lots of places in the world because the “robber-barons” grabbed the land, it is a delight to be able to use this waterfront amenity knowing there is free access for all.
If you require “outside assistance” to complete the return walk to Tay Ave, there are usually several taxis parked about half way between Levuka & Tay.
The Trees! Have I mentioned the trees? How good are those mature Norfolk Pines?? Plus the other coastal vegetation to be seen. Pandanus Palm for example.
Fish from the fishing platform part of the Bulcock Beach Boardwalk.
Here is a totally relaxing activity which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Equipment can be minimalist - fishing line wrapped around a cola bottle or high-tech-you-beaut state of the art - carbon fibre rod, Mitchell Reel & plastic lure as bait.
The city fathers have done a great job building this walkway complete with an area specially designed for fisher-folk..... seating, rod holders, fish cleaning table, tangled line recycle bin to protect wildlife.
Caloundra Fishing World is located one hundred and fifty metres away on the Corner of Bulcock St & Tay Avenue. Bait and fishing gear await your arrival!
Lake Currumundi is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The lake is perfect for swimming, particularly with small children. If a sedate swim isn't for you, then walk to the beach (2 mins) and you will be at the patrolled surf beach. Take your fishing rod and have a go at fishing. Large trees line the foreshores of the lake so take advantage of the picnic tables and have a picnic - great fish and chips at the shop there. Finish the day watching the sunset over the lake.
Don't go here expecting to surf. This is the quite part of Caloundra just down from the Caloundra bar and opposite Bribie Island. Many families come here - perfect for children to go swimming. There are always a lot of boats in this area - a good fishing area. Trees and picnic tables are everywere and there are restaurants and take-a-way shops all over. There is a lovely board walk which takes you all the way up to the next beach - Kings Beach. It is a particularly lovely walk at night seeing the moon and stars reflected on the ocean and if you are here on New Years Eve Kings Beach has fireworks over the ocean.
This is not a surfing beach - it is part of Pumicestone Passage and the water is calm. It faces the tip of Bribie Island and you can swim, hire boats, sailboards etc. There are many boats in this area, fishing, skiing etc. It is a very peaceful place and one where you can relax.
Sun, Surf & Soul! Caloundra Music Festival is set right on Kings Beach Caloundra. The festival goes for 4 days and nights with music, food, a funky forest for the kids, bars, VIP bars, and groovy good times!
This festival is for everyone. The crowd is so diverse. Young, old, singles, couples, families, everyone is laid back and soaking up the tunes and sunshine!