Our lap around Australia officially came to a close when we rolled into Cairns yesterday afternoon. Friday morning we’ll zip to the airport and fly off to Japan for an adventure in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Here’s how the tour looks in numbers:
Total Distance Cycled:11, 257 kilometers
Total spent in 6 months: $2,176 Australian (2,092.22 USD)
**Almost all of this exclusively on FOOD! Our budget for accommodation was ZERO.
Where we spent the night:
- Couchsurfing: 20
- Warm Showers Hosts: 24
- Random invitations: 4
- Camping on people’s property: 5
- School stay: 1
- Church stay: 1
- Airport stay: 1
- Wild (freedom) camping: 65
- Private campground: 7 ( These were all sponsored stays, meaning the campground owner kindly let us stay for free.)
Some of the worst in the world. Many won’t budge for cyclists and some even shout insults as they speed pass.
Lousy internet access:
Public libraries in many parts of OZ charge up to $10 an hour for internet use. McDonald’s is your best bet.
From food to electronics, Australians pay much more than the rest of the Western world. I know it’s a small market and transport adds to the price of goods, but why does everything have to be so expensive?
Low key and relaxed:
Australians are very good- natured for the most part. We appreciated their warm hospitality and easy going attitude towards wild camping.
Great network of backroads:
Take a look at Google maps and you’ll realize just how many roads and tracks there are in Australia. This is a country that you could easily spend several years exploring. While many cyclists do a straight shot down the center, there’s really much, much more to discover.
A country that has it all:
Empty deserts, a vast coastline, tropical wetlands, rolling farmland, cosmopolitan cities and even a few mountain ranges, yes Australia really is one of the most diverse countries on earth. The real problem is deciding where to go.