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 of them ended up here on this website. As for the words, there are 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!
June 2nd, 2002
New South WalesGirvan to Forester
88 km today
3619.9 km total
54.6 mi today
2244.1 mi total

Left my nice little hostel and rode out into the rain. I wasn't too worried about the rain since I knew I'd be staying at the hostel in Forester tonight. Rain it sure did! Met a guy right before Bulahdelah and talked to him for awhile. Ended up having another deep techie discussion, that is twice now. Got to Bulahdelah and ate some food. A guy walked over and talked to me for awhile, he said "bummer about the puncture". I looked down and my rear tire was flat. At least I was able to change it someplace dry.

Spent all day riding through the rain. Eventually I saw the Pacific Ocean, where it is on the east! Granted, I could have seen it when I was in Sydney had I been able to escape the clutches of Glebe..but that is beside the point. The rain was really pouring down but I was staying pretty dry. Got to the hostel and dried stuff out...including the clock. It is Sunday so nothing is open except for this greasy fish and chips place...which I induldged in.

June 2nd, 2002