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!
January 8th, 2003
Western AustraliaBusselton to Conto Campground
83.56 km today
15423.03 km total
51.8 mi today
9561.9 mi total

Two roads literally diverged in a wood and I took the wrong one. I thought about camping in a nice tall forest, but it was a bit brushy so I decided against it since it would take awhile to find a place to camp. So instead, I'm now at Conto's Field Campground in LLeeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. The big tall trees are gone, it is dry, and the people camped next to me are playing Michael Bolton's "I said I loved you but...I lied."

Today was pretty uneventful overall, ended up not going clear out to the coast road since the traffic was pretty heavy. Instead, I opted for a mishmash of gravel and paved backcountry roads. Saw a big snake on the road that was still alive. It kept twitching and stuff so I went way over to the side of the road and pedalled real fast so it couldn't lunge after me...like I was imagining it would. Blondie's "The Tide is High" is on now...ok it is the radio that the fellow campers are listening to.

Didn't have any jerkwad drivers yell or throw stuff at me today. Maybe that is just between Bunbury and Busselton. I got to Margaret River and got a vegetairian kebab for lunch. Margaret River is a tourist town with a lot of little shops and such. It is a lot like Leavenworth, Washington, USA...without the whole more-Bavarian-than-Bavaria-ever-was theme. Took a nap in the park and left town. Passed a big construction yard with the Rolling Stones' "Mother's Little Helper" blaring across the lot.

Along the coast road (well, it doesn't really follow the coast at all) there are a lot of caves. I stopped at one of them and they were closing, but the guy told me to camp here and go to Giants cave tommorrow...so I'm doing that. Have't done enough non-bike stuff lately so that sounds good. Dunno if I'll take the rest of the day off tomorrow in Augusta. Supposedly this is where the Indian and Southern oceans meet and you can see the color difference in the water.

January 8th, 2003