This shipwreck on Dicky Beach, QLD, the SS Dicky cargo ship, dates to 1893 when it first swept up onto beaches. It remained relatively intact until the storms and flooding of 5 years ago when the council appear to have removed a significant amount, under the guise of safety which added to its further demise. The SS Dicky has been a much loved tourist attraction for the Sunshine Coast as well as a photographers haven. Sadly, the shipwreck was removed on July 29th 2015 by the local council, they were gunning for its removal for many years prior.
The SS Dicky is about 99km/70m north of where I was based and meant a 4am start to capture the sunrise. It was to be my children’s first sunrise and I had been telling them tales of how breathtaking it is to see the sun’s rays appear before the first time glimpse of the sun…. Unfortunately the cloud coverage was so thick that it wasn’t possible to see those first peeks of the rising sun, however we all had a great time and I even managed to convince them to have a trio-photo. A rarity! Even if it is from behind, I cherish this photo of them and had it printed onto canvas.
Even though the shipwreck has been removed, the beach is huge at 900m long and a great attraction for the Sunshine Coast. It is a great family beach and really safe.