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!
June 5th, 2002
New South WalesKempsey to north of Grassy Head
61 km today
3860.5 km total
37.8 mi today
2393.3 mi total

Slept in again today and didn't get moving till around 8:00am. There was fog everywhere so I coudln't really tell what the weather was going to be like for the day. Rolled up Highway 1 for a few clicks and saw on my map that there was a road heading off to the west a little and then north, which would keep me off of highway 1 for about 20k. This road went into the state forest and I later found out it basically served to dump me into a rat's nest of logging roads. More on the later. I passed the small area of Colombatti which looked like fire station. Apparently there was a Colombatti hall down the road, cause there was a fire brigade meetin' there on the 21st.

I passed a small house awhile later and it had a sign that read "pot plants for sale". Knowing this would make a nice photo on the website, I swooped back around to get a picture. The guy at the house came out with his very aggressive Jack Russel Terrier dog and asked if I was lost. I told him no, just taking a little break. We started talking about everything and about 1.5 hours later I said I should probably get going up the line. He asked if I had another quick five minutes to check out his garden so he could show me a few things. I knew this meant I'd be there another two hours, but figured I wasn't in any hurry so why not. Ended up having lunch with them. Left about 1:30 in the afternoon, yup, 4 hours I spent there. He showed me all around his garden.

I rode through the maze of forest roads in a northern direction and a couple hours later got back to highway 1. Cars Cars Cars. Eventually I got to where I could gurn off the Highway onto a calm road. Got to Stuarts Point and stopped to pick up some milk. That little town had to have the most amount of hanging-out per capita for any town I've been in. Everyone was kind of just standing around.

I saw on my map that there was a camping area at Grassy Head. After turning down a side road and passing under a log arch that read "Welcome to Grassy Head Holiday Park", I decided this was a bad idea. I got water and turned around and left. It wasn't raining and I took a shower yesterday (really!) so I figured I'd chance it and see what was up the road. I'm glad I did, because I found an access trail down to the beach. I went up the beach a bit and found a little spot near some rocks. Looks like some people have been doing rock climbing here. Camped right beside the ocean right now. For once something is actually louder than my MSR stove! Tommorrow I'm going to shoot for Coffs Harbour, but I dunno if I'll get there. I can tell I'm getting farther north, saw my first Banana trees today, and the percentage of right-o's is increasing.

June 5th, 2002