While Schoolies week is busy turning the Gold Coast into an drunken underage orgy, the weather in Brisbane is most definitely necessitating a trip to the beach. Fortunately enough, residents of Brisbane have plenty of options. This trip, we took the option of the very underrated Dicky beach up on the Sunshine Coast, named after the shipwreck adorning the sand near the flags.
Dickey beach is located up on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, between a 1-2 hour drive from Brisbane, depending on traffic. Fortunately for us, at 3pm on the Saturday of G20, traffic was most definitely not an issue, and we made the drive in about an hour.
Dicky beach delivers everything Tourism Queensland promises in their campaigns, a huge stretch of unspoiled natural beauty. Standing on the beach, the ocean glistens blue, and the surf looks absolutely prime as the tide rolls in, and on either side there is just sand, as far as the eye can see.
Dicky beach is such a fantastic destination for a day trip from Brisbane, there is an abundance of parking around the entryway, public toilets, showers and plenty of options for food, and even a little bit of shopping. Being more of a hotspot for locals rather then a major tourism destination means prices for services and shopping are kept a little bit lower then anywhere on the Gold Coast and some of the more tourism-orientated parts of the Sunshine Coast.
If you’re heading up there on a Sunday, you can even check out the markets at the nearby Currimundi State school, only a 5 minute walk from the beach, for trinkets and some fantastic locally produced food. Any other day, I’d recommend the short stroll down to Pacific Haven bakery on Buderim St for a snack, or head to the Dicky Beach Surf Club for something a little more substantial.
Heading to Dicky beach is most definitely easiest by car, but it is entirely possible to do it all on public transport, and before I got my car, I did this many, many times.
Dicky is best visited during the day, being a long stretch of coastline it can get fairly windy in the late afternoon, so visiting between 8am-11am and then from 2pm-4pm will keep you out of the hottest part, and into the prime time to visit this beautiful destination.