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 18th, 2003
Western AustraliaNapier to Ongerup
127.78 km today
16090.38 km total
79.2 mi today
9975.8 mi total

Was a pretty nice ride today. Even better was the fact that today I passed the 10,000 mile mark. Stopped at the roadhouse at Kalgan for some yummy water. Continued on towards the Stirling Ranges. So weird to be biking though mountains again, even if it is just one small range in the middle of farming country.

After passing through the Stirling Range I stopped at a small store. There were a few tourists there, none of which were really going out of their way to talk to me. I said "hi!" to one and got a nervous "hhhi"in return. It was a bit funny in seeing how everyone's comfort level is a bit different. A 2wd car (with a minor amount of dirt on it) pulled up and everyone got out. "Wow! That was the shakiest road I've ever been on. Yup, we're gonna need to get the car detailed...yeah, it is pretty scratched up. oh my" (no these people wern't driving their SUV on gravel for the first time either) The car didn't look that bad honestly, but they were going on in much as the same way a bunch of guys would stare at a Landrover that had just been towed out of a raging river.

Got to the town of Borden, it was dead. I biked around a bit until I saw a woman hanging clothes, so I knew somebody at least lived there.

Somewhere in here I passed the 10,000mile mark, but I don't know where. Mainly because I can't find a decent km->mi conversion. Regardless, I kept waiting for 16,222 km to come up, but I worked it out and that is more (I think) thank 10,000 miles. So my 10k mi party ended up being like when it is your birthday and you figure there will be some kind of party...only to find out there isn't one...then all of the sudden "Suprise!" What I'm trying to say is that when I left camp this morning, I think that was 10,000 miles. Oh well, I decided to have a beer at the pub in Ongerup to celebrate.

Reached Ongerup and set up at the caravan park. Got cleaned up and went to the pub. Ended up meeting a few people there, all sheep shearers. One guy (hi Fred!) bought me a B-52 since I had biked so far. Ended up getting a clock picture with a few people there. This is a really small town, but a guy told me that this was the best small town in the world and that if I find a better one to let him know.

Drank a couple more beers and walked out the door with another guy I'd met. Stopped by his place for another beer, we talked a bit but mostly watch Anna K at the Melbourne Open. Soon I was back in my tent asleep.

January 18th, 2003