Rusty bones. Andrew Katic, 15 May 2014.
SS Dicky
SS Dicky
  • Last updated:
  • 13 Dec 2016

The SS 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.

On 18 June 2015 council endorsed the long term strategy for the wreck which includes:

  • removal of the exposed stern, starboard and port ribs
  • ongoing management of loose pieces as the wreck breaks up into the future
  • main portion of the wreck to remain insitu
  • delivery of a wreck interpretive display as part of a greater open space landscape plan for the area
  • conserve remaining removed pieces
  • creation of a short film and mobile display that documents the community connection of the historic shipwreck to the area.

On Thursday 30 July exposed elements of the SS Dicky was removed from the beach. Council recognises the iconic status of the SS Dicky and proposes to relocate the wreck to the open space of the Dicky Beach precinct and capture appropriate elements to display and interpret. More information about the SS Dicky Strategy.

SS Dicky stories captured in film and music

To leave a lasting legacy of the Sunshine Coast’s much-loved icon, the SS Dicky shipwreck, council has produced a DVD, Time and Tide – The SS Dicky Story, featuring community memories and stories about the wreck and how it fits into our social landscape.

Copies of the DVDs - The SS Dicky Story and The Song for the SS Dicky - are available to purchase by contacting Cultural Heritage Services on 5420 8600 or email View the film online. Funded by the Cultural Heritage Levy.


For more information, please contact Cultural Heritage Services on (07) 5420 8600.