Some of my riding photos while staying at Dicky Beach.
We stay at Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park, where Marg and I have a permanent booking for July.
I ride out of the CP, and head North along a shared path then a few back streets, more shared paths and back streets and after 16kms I arrived at Point Cartwright. This is a bluff probably 50 meters high with the Lighthouse built on the point. I usually ride down the hill to the end of the seawall at the mouth of the Mooloolah river, where I sit on the steps of the beacon and take photos and take in the beautiful vistas. On the way back to camp, I usually stop at Coco's Beach Cafe, located about 100 meters from the beach at Currimundi Lake, for a coffee and sometimes their magnificent Rum and Raisin ice cream. If I don't stop here, Marg and I have been known to walk across the road from our Caravan Park to the 'world famous' Dicky Beach shopping strip and have a coffee there.
The weather during our stay usually has a temp range from 10° to 30° with maximum wind gusts ranging from 15kph to 72kph.
My ride consists of 2 distances; the short ride of 32kms or the longer ride of approx 46kms.
My highlight of this ride was while sitting at the beacon at the mouth of the Mooloolah river, I noticed 2 whales about 150 meters away. I rode back to the Lighthouse where I could look 'down' on them. They got about 50 meters from shore before slowly heading out to sea.
This is a breakdown of my normal bike route from Dicky Beach to Point Cartwright Lighthouse/The Spit and return.
- Sector 1 - 8.7kms - Dicky Beach to Oceanside
- Sector 2 - 7.0kms - Oceanside to Lighthouse carpark
- Sector 3 - 7.0kms - Lighthouse carpark back to Oceanside
- Sector 4 - 7.1kms - Oceanside back to Lighthouse
- Sector 5 - 8.3kms - Lighthouse back to Oceanside via The Spit/Mouth of the Mooloolaba river.
- Sector 6 - 8.7kms - Oceanside to Dicky Beach
A total of 46.8kms.
Your typical sunny morning.
Georges are always nearby to welcome me.
At Point Cartwright looking towards Caloundra.
At Point Cartwright looking towards Caloundra.
Looking towards Alexandra Headland.
Thursday must be a surfers holiday.
The highlight of my Dicky Beach riding, was spotting the whales.
The whales, first noticed while at the Beacon.
Taken from the Lighthouse bluff.
Taken from the Lighthouse bluff, about 50 meters offshore.
The Birdman of Point Cartwright.
Just about to get airborne.
He flew up and back many times.
How nice are these waves.
The Pilot boat leaves Mooloolaba.
Another beautiful morning in 'sunny' QLD.
My turnaround beacon at the end of the Mooloolah river at Mooloolaba.
The wind was blowing offshore, holding up the waves. Very pretty.
Pandanus trees are very common along the coastal paths.
2 ships about to crash headon. Maybe not.
From the mouth of the Mooloolah river looking at Point Cartwright.
Looking towards Mooloolaba.
My trusty treadley at the mouth of the Mooloolah river.
I saw this sign on the shared paths.
The whale watchers are off into the 'wild' blue yonder.
This dude never got past the mouth, he turned around. Smart decision.
Just another magic shot, looking towards Noosa.
A plane arriving on the Sunshine Coast.
I had to stop for this dude.
A pandanus tree with heaps of fruit.
Part of the shared path.
Shared path in 2012. (no concrete just dirt).
Same path in 2014 - concrete was laid when I was here this time last year. Very smooth to ride on.
I was nearly 'killed' by this Attack Blue Tongue lizard that brought me to a stop.
My stress has left me. Coco'c Beach cafe is ready for me.
I had to 'fight' for a table. Maybe not.
Nearly home, another 'pearler' of a day.
The sand is blowing everywhere, the waves are being held up by the strong offshore breeze.
Our camp at Dicky Beach.
A Pictorial of my ride on Friday 17th July 2015.
The start - Our van is on the right.
The shared path through our Caravan Park.
Left is the CP and turn over the bridge and away.
Through Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
This bridge features in a lot of my photos.
Through the shared path, nearly overgrown.
Heading towards Currimundi lake.
The sandbank at low tide in Currimundi lake.
Past Coco's cafe on the left at Currimundi Lake.
It pays to stay on the shared path OR Kaboom.
Currimundi Lake from the Nicklin Way bridge.
The shared path beside the north edge of the Lake.
Heading North beside the Conservation Park.
Heading East beside the Conservation Park.
This path was sealed last year.
Heading North along Oceanic Dve South.
Heading West to Nicklin Way.
Heading North on the shared path beside Nicklin Way.
Heading East along Beach Dve.
Heading North along Oceanic Dve North.
Approaching Kawana SLSC.
Heading North along Pacific Blvd.
Heading for those High Rise in the distance.
This is the Lighthouse carpark.
This is the Lighthouse area where I take my photos.
Down the hill and around to the Spit.
The Beacon at the Spit.