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 16th, 2002
QueenslandByron Bay to Surfers Paradise
118.18 km today
4361.28 km total
73.3 mi today
2703.8 mi total

This day had just about everything. Started out in nice farmland, ended up in a Las Vegas like land named Surfers Paradise.

Did get much sleep last night. I tried sleeping under my tarp but the mosquitoes were too bad. I kept falling asleep and waking back up. At one point, I heard something walking across the blue tarp, I thought it might have been a possum. I looked up over the tarp and saw a giant golf-ball sized spider walking on top of me (well, he/she was on the tarp. Ended up setting up the tent at 2am.

Anyway, got out of Byron Bay. Had a nice ride through farmlands. Got near the coast and got a little lost. The GPS showed a road near the coast which didn't exist. Fugger...that was 8k that could have been spent biking north. All I got out of this unwanted sidetrip was a picture of a street sign named "Peter" for my cousin Pete.

Stopped at Hastings Point and had lunch. Went out to the been and slept for an hour. It was fun to ride the bike up the beach until the rocks started. Somewhere around Tweeds Heads I crossed into Queensland and didn't even know/see it. No more New South Wales for me.

It was nearing sunset and I cut down to the beach and rode up right near the surf. People looked at me a little funny. One older guy kind of grabbed his wife with the look in his face like I was going to snatch her purse.

It got dark but I was able to ride for an hour up the road near the beach. Got to Surfers Paradise and found a cheap motel/hostel. I was glad I opted for that route over the caravan park in my tent. Awhile later the sky opened up and the biggest rainstorm iI've ever seen came pouring down. Lightning and thunder where everywhere. It was kind of a nice end to the day. Tomorrow is Brisbane...more suburbs.

June 16th, 2002