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!
August 27th, 2002
Northern TerritoryBorroloola to Cape Crawford
119 km today
8929.54 km total
73.8 mi today
5536 mi total

After the last week or so of riding the gravel and rock schrewn road, today seemed like it would be pretty easy. Therefore, I made sure to fart around as much as possible before leaving town. Talked to a guy in the caravan park, him and his wife had just came down from Roper Bar via the dirt road I was originally thinking of taking. He said it is the worst non 4x4 road he had ever been on Australia. They blew a tire 30k down the road, got a new one here in town. The guy at the tire shop told him that road gives him a decent amount of business, something like 20 people a day (or week?) come in with broken tires. The only real disadvantage to not going on this road is that I will miss the Lost City, which is close to becoming a national park. It is this rock formation, don't know too much about it honestly. The guy said he has been all over the world and it is by far in probalby one of the ten most amazing things he's seen in the natural world.

The museum said it was open, yet it seemed very closed. Most of this town was wiped away by a hurricane/cyclone in 1984. On the edge of town I saw a couple road trains parked. I biked through the gate and asked the guy there if I could take a picture of my bike next to the road train, just to be able to show some perspective. I took a few photos, including a great one of a bunch of old tires, one of which contained writing indicating it was uh, not suitable for use. I asked the guy how fast it went through petrol, a little under 1k to the liter, or about 2 miles to the gallon.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful, except for the usual bike repairs. I had a broken spoke on the rear and had to tear everything off to fix it. When I put the tube back in, I got it in cock-eyed or something, because it went flat again. Actually, I was biked for about an hour after fixing the spoke, saw a spot that would be good for lunch. Right as I was wondering if it might be a good time to stop for lunch, that is when the rear tire went flat.

Got into Cape Crawford around sunset. Not much here but a roadhouse. Got cleaned up and did laundry. Ate at the pub while clicking away at Update #4 to send out to everyone. Bought a large chocolate bar for the next couple of days, but polished off half of it before I even made it to bed, bummer.

August 27th, 2002