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!
July 30th, 2002
QueenslandCooktown to Cedar Bay NP
55 km today
7032.13 km total
34.1 mi today
4359.6 mi total

Took me awhile to get out of the hostel this morning. I finally met the resident birds of the hostel...climbing all over everywhere including my bike.

Met a woman in town who was biking around Australia with no real plan. She had her dog with her and a guitar in a soft case on her back. She said that the dog will ride on the back of the trailer most of the time now.

I got about 10k out of town and saw a guy fishing off the old bridge on the Annan River. I thought that would have made a great clock photo so I turned down there. As I slowed down I noticed that my rear wheel was making this horrible clunking noise. I got a little pissy about the bikeshop again, I'm definetly making them give me a different hub, I don't even want to look at this damn one anymore. Got out to the pier, then discovered my camera was acting funny. Argh, getting sick of technology. Ended up not getting the clock photo because the guy left before I could ask him.

Got pretty close to the Black Mountians and realized that the same songs I was listening to were on again, just in the other direction. I stopped to fill up my Camelback and saw a guy on a bike headed my way. Ended up talking with him for a good 45 minutes, we had a lot in common. (Hi Chris!). He is biking around Australia also. Turns out we both had ridden with Mira from Chezk awhile back...what a small world. He seemed pretty stoked on the idea of riding through the Kimberley in NW Australia. Maybe we can meet up for that. He said he had seen a wild pig and a python in the rainforest the day earlier.

GPassed the junction and onto the dirt road. At least the wind was blowing a bit so when cars would go past the dust wouldn't hang around long. Stopped at the famous 128 year old Lions Den pub. All the licensesees have been women. The pub had writing all over the walls along with a "no camcorders or cameras". I'll admit it probably would get a bit annoying with people taking pictures and videos of the inside of your bar all the time. Stopped in Rossville for a quick snack and then reached Cedar Bay NP. The road was kind of cool through the park and the woods beyond the road were a thick rainforest. I eventually found a turnoff into the forest and found a place to camp. I keep hearing things running all over the place around me...which I knew what all the critters were.

July 30th, 2002