SS Dicky Strategy
  • Last updated:
  • 15 Jan 2019

The S.S. Dicky was an iron-hulled steamer, driven ashore at Caloundra during a cyclone in 1893. A number of efforts were made to re-float the Dicky but on each occasion it beached and was eventually abandoned as a total wreck.

The wreck has long been an attraction to both tourists and locals, however it was badly eroded by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald in 2013 and now critically weakened continues to deteriorate. Without action there will be a visible loss of this significant local heritage icon for the area.

A long term management strategy has been identified to relocate the S.S. Dicky to an open space area within the vicinity of Dicky Beach.


In late 2013 council developed the S.S. Dicky Taskforce to evaluate and provide a recommendation on the long term option for management of the site. The taskforce has a number of stakeholders from council, state government, community heritage and the Dicky Beach SLSC. In March 2014 the taskforce made a recommendation to council for the removal and relocation of the wreck ensuring that any project included community consultation, wreck conservation and the development of interpretation opportunities as key components to the wreck’s relocation.


Community consultation in relation to this project has been undertaken as a part of the ongoing discussion of the long term management of the S.S. Dicky. This includes media releases, media interviews and taskforce member discussion with the general community.

There is considerable community and media interest around this issue including the development of a short documentary.

Council recognises the iconic status of the S.S. Dicky and proposes to relocate the wreck to the open space of the Dicky Beach precinct and capture appropriate elements to display and interpret.

This will provide for the ongoing preservation of the local tourist icon and also provide a safe swimming environment for beach users. The final resting location will be determined as part of the S.S. Dicky Heritage and Conservation Plan as required by the State government approval process.

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