Residents and visitors both know that Dee Why NSW, like many towns in the Northern Beaches, is known for its nature, amazing views, and fantastic beaches. However, there’s more to this North Shore Sydney town than you might think. Read on to discover some of Dee Why NSW’s best-kept secrets.
Where the Name Dee Why Came From
Originally, Dee Why was part of the Guringai Aboriginal land. While we would love to give you a clear story about how Dee Why’s aboriginal origins lead to the name we use today, that would be completely false. The truth is, nobody knows exactly where the modern name came from.
Still, we do have a little bit of historical evidence to provide some context. For example, a surveyor named James Meehan wrote a note in 1815 that read, ‘Wednesday, 27th Sept, 1815 Dy Beach – Marked a Honey Suckle Tree near the Beach’. Many people believe that the name was derived from this note.
Some believe that Meehan took the term from the aboriginal language and used it when he marked his map. Others believe that it was intended to imitate the sounds that local birds make near the lagoon. While we may never know the truth, the naming controversy has become a big part of Dee Why’s local history.
Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club Was a Rubbish Tip
For approximately two years during the 1960s, a rubbish tip operated behind the Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club. Looking at it now, it’s hard to believe that large amounts of rubbish used to take up the space which is now a car park. With the club being so close to the beach, we’d venture to say that people prefer the area in its current state. It would be silly of us not to mention our skip bin hire in Dee Why at this time….shameless plug, we know!
Huge Local Tibetan Community
This may come as a surprise, but one of Australia’s largest Tibetan communities is in Dee Why NSW. In fact, an entire organization (Water Skills for Life) was started to help the Tibetan minority develop swimming skills so that they can feel more comfortable living near the water. This was a much-needed initiative, as many Tibetan community members hadn’t seen the ocean before moving to Dee Why.
With Dee Why being, first and foremost, a beach town, swimming falls on the list of necessary skills. Water Skills for Life is dedicated to helping both individuals and groups develop awareness and safety skills in the water. That way, everyone, including the Tibetan community, has access to education and training to become confident and safe whilst swimming.
Median House Price
While Dee Why is a beautiful place to live with plenty of things to do, that beauty comes at a very noticeable price. The median house price in Dee Why NSW is around $1.5 million for buying and $800/month for renting. Of course, these numbers depend on where you want to live and what kind of home you want, but they are still staggeringly higher than the Australian national average.
Living near the beach sounds like a dream, but that dream does, unfortunately, cost a pretty penny.
UFO Sightings in Dee Why
Whether or not you believe in the existence of aliens, this is still an important part of Dee Why’s urban legends. Between 2011 and 2014, there were a few reported instances of people seeing UFOs in Dee Why NSW. In two instances, the UFOs were said to have been flying over the beach.
Naturally, there has been no definitive way to prove or disprove these reports. However, we will say that you should keep your eyes open at night if you happen to be walking near the beach in Dee Why NSW.