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 6th, 2002
New South Walesnorth of Grassy Head to Bellingen
65 km today
3925.5 km total
40.3 mi today
2433.6 mi total

It was nice waking up on the beach at 6:00am. By 6:30 there were already a couple power-walkers out and about. I ate breakfast on the rocks and took a clock photo.

Before I got out to the highway I passed a construction crew who were having breakfast. Remembering how well the photos of the survey crew (hi David!) in southern Tasmania came out...I swung back around. I had tea with them and got some good clock photos.

Got into Macksville, there was a natural foods store and I was able to get decent food for once that wasn't fried.

Had a nice ride into Bellingen through a forest. I kind of missed riding on dirt roads, though the dirt roads always have the biggest climbs...and this part had three big hills to climb. Got into Bellingen and new I'd be stuck there a few days. Some towns you get into and you want to leqve the second you get there, others you worry you might be stuck there forever.

The hostel turned was one of the best hostels I've stayed in. You had the option of sleeping in bunks that were basically outside. I went on a night kayaking trip on the river. That was pretty nice, didn't seen any wildlife other than the reflected green eyes of a couple cows. Looked at the stars a bunch, you can see the southern cross down here, but no big dipper as you can in the northern hemisphere. We saw a few shooting stars.

I mentioned to Dan, the guy running the kayak trip about the big meteor shower last Novemeber. MCQ, Aaron, Jermemy and I had all gone down to Smith Rock in central Oregon. We woke up at 3am and were seeing shooting stars every 10 seconds or so. So many were flying by that it was a case of "ok, I'll see 20 more and then go to sleep". Anyway, I mentioned this to Dan and he got a little agitated. He said that it had been a drought year down here in Australia and there hadn't been any major clouds in the sky for a long long time. On the night of the meteor shower, it poured rain...the next night it was totally clear.

June 6th, 2002