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!
April 23rd, 2002
VictoriaWarragul to Heyfield
96.3 km today
2090.3 km total
59.7 mi today
1295.8 mi total

Today was a pretty good and uneventful day...

Was up and on the road at 6am. I had to ride a bit of the Princess Highway (the big one) and I wanted to ride it when there wouldn't be much traffic. I noticed a road off to the north of the highway which ran parallel to the road I was on; yet I knew if I took it it would dump me off in nowhere land. Had I bothered to look at my map I would have seen the other road. Oh well.

I passed this coal power plant (there are a lot in this region) and got some pictures. My front derailler cable snapped sometime afterwards. Thankfully I'm carring tons of tools and parts, so I was able to change it and be back on the road. Finally the effort of dragging all that crap around paid off.

I was getting water near a primary school in Tyers when an inquisitive 4 year old (or so) kid came up and asked me all kinds of questions. He said his name was Daniel, I told him that was my first name also. Eventually the primary school teacher called him over and I left awhile later.

It was a pretty fast ride all the way to Heyfield. I found an unsealed road on the map which got to Heyfield in a little more direct fashion. It was kind of nice to take a road off the beaten path for a change. At the very end of it there was water all over the road and I got some good photos.

Decided to just camp in the park in Heyfield and call it good. Looked at the guidebook and the next few days should be pretty good, though I don't know how the weather is going to hold out. It is clear right now, with Orion looking at me.

April 23rd, 2002