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!
March 27th, 2003
TasmaniaCoburg / Melbourne
0 km today
20166.39 km total
0.0 mi today
12504.7 mi total

Maree went to class this morning while I packed. Got everything good to go and waited for Maree. She got held up at school so we were running a little late to the airport. I saw a roadsign indicating that the airport was 15km away and I thought to myself how it would take an hour or so to get there, then I realized we were in a car.

Said goodbye to Maree and was up in the air awhile later. On the flight to Melbourne, one of the stewardesses mentioned that the other stewardess was a contestant on the TV show "Perfect Match" (a sorta dating show on TV) and she came home empty handed...so if anyone knew of any single guys to let her know. To get her back, the other stewardess said that if you bought more then five dollars worth of stuff on the plane you'd get a free kiss from the other stewardess.

Landed at the airport and caught the first city bus I saw. Didn't really know where it was going or how to get back to town...just kept asking the bus drivers who sometimes had answers. The first bust pretty much took the same road that I took on February 4th, 2002 to get to the city. It was kinda wierd thinking about how much different everything is now compared to then, the stuff going though my head at each intersection and stuff. Honestly the worst part of the entire ride around Australia was the ride from the Melbourne Airport to downtown Melbourne.

Three busses later I was back in Coburg and Steve and Katrina's. Did a little bit of everything at there house, mostly tying up loose ends before I leave Australia. Steve and Katrina are leaving for the weekend so I'm house sitting for them. Despite their music collection, I can't seem to find any Bob Seger so I don't think I'll get to run around their house in my underwear lip syncing "Old time Rock and Roll" into a candlestick.

March 27th, 2003