Biking Around Australia

Between February 2002 and March 2003 I circumnavigated 12,504 miles around the Australian continent on my bicycle, or push bike as they say there. After that I went to New Zealand for three months and met up with a friend and ended up pushing the total mileage to 14,115.7 miles (22717.02 km). I spent 269 days on my bike, 272 days not on my bike, and getting 67 flat tires over those 17 months.

This is the route I took around Australia. Every few days I would update this YHA map with a marker and the route I more or less made up as I went along.

I started and ended my 13 month lap around Australia at Luna Park in St. Kilda/Melbourne.. The distance around Australia (including Tasmania) ended up being about 20,281km (12,600 miles).

February 12th, 2002 - 3:50pm
March 12th, 2003 - 3:12pm
I carried a 15 pound IBM Thinkpad 600E with five batteries over the course of the entire trip in order to keep this website updated on a weekly basis so people back home could follow me on my travels. I had a system setup where I'd back the photos up to CDs and mail them home every few weeks. To update the site, I primarily did it with 3.5 inch floppy disks. There are 542 daily journal entries on here. I redid the website in 2020 so it would show up on phones and such ok. I took 36,304 photos over the 17 months and 12321 of them ended up here on this website. As for the words, there are 119527 of them for you to read. I didn't start active journaling until a couple months into the journey. I've noted where I've added journal entries way after the fact based on recollections or notes I had from the time. Some people have actually read the the entire site and have seen every picture. Some entries were written the same day, others were not. Some entires are a thought-provoking and a wholly entertaining read, others are downright boring.
Lunky.com website 2001-2020

The MS Paint image I updated every few days
Also during the journey I carried a cardboard "clock" for this website I had started a year earlier called The Human Clock. Here it is on the Queensland/Northern Territory border
The Human Clock website was pretty popular then and it plus my bike trip got a quick blurb in the Sunday Times of London in September of 2002

One fun thing I did during my trip was to visit six "confluences", which is where a whole-numbered latitude/longitude mark intersects for The Degree Confluence Project.

This was also back when the GPS looked nice
Standing at 18°S 142°E
Thanks for reading!
May 31st, 2002
New South WalesMaitland to Girvan
88.3 km today
3531.9 km total
54.7 mi today
2189.5 mi total

Had a pretty nice day overall. Got lost a little in the burbs out of Maitland. Went by a school and kid about ten walked right up to me and started asking me all kinds of questions. This is very unual for kids this age. He asked where I was from and about September 11th. This kid is going places...every other kid his age I've came across are the type that just kinds of sit back and snicker .

Rode through a lot of nice towns with friendly people (especially Clarencetown). The countryside was nice. Looks like it was a wise move to get a veggie burger in Clarencetown and stay there awhile...because about 20k afterwards the ground was all wet.

Didn't really know where I was going to stay tonight...just kept biking figuring the problem would take care of itself. It did because I got to the lonely gas station at Bollora, I saw a sign for a YHA and an arrow. I had to do a doubletake...a YHA out here? Granted had I bothered looking at my YHA map I could have noticed this days ago, but it was buried in my bag and I never really paid any attention to it unless I stumbled across it. Ran into the guy who ran the hostel about 10k from it....he told me to wait at his farm and he'd probably be there by the time I got there.

I got to this hostel and it was this tiny building in the woods. I took a few pictures for the clock site with the cows while I waited. The cows were waiting for their daily bread...really. The owner fed them leftover bread ends from the bakery.

The hostel is awesome. It is this tiny building tha tused to be a one room school house..and I had it all to myself. A woman eventually drove up. She came in and said "oh...this is it???". I said "yeah...what is wrong with it?". It wasn't like a normal hostel (big, many rooms, signs everywhere, buttload of tour guide brouchures, annoying female models who won't quit flirting with you). She ended up leaving after not finding where the hot showers were. I didn't know where the shower was, I thought it was just this changing room that had a small bowl and a cold water faucet in it. Geez, even rich well to do people in 1850 didn't have it this easy.

The rain came down again, this time pretty hard and I sat out on the front porch glad to be out of it.

May 31st, 2002