Jan from the Netherlands
June 2020 - Jan is cycle touring from Byron Bay to Cairns before he heads back home to the Netherlands. He set out with what he had...a bike, a couple of crates to carry his gear, a hammock to sleep in...a great way to start a cycle touring adventure!
Nick from Perth
September 2019 - Nick - on 'a bicycle journey from Tasmania to the top of Australia in search of sustainability innovations and inspirations'. Check out his website - www.pedallingforwards.com
David from Canada
August 2019 - David is from Ottawa, Canada. He has been cycle touring in Australia since January, has done 4000km and is heading for Cairns and then Darwin!
Paul from Caloundra
August 2019 - Paul decided a good way to spend retirement was to buy a Greenspeed GT20 Trike and trailer and head off cycle touring around Australia! He sets off from his hometown of Caloundra in April 2020 and will head anticlockwise for 12 months. All the best Paul and see you when you come past Townsville!
Thuan from Los Angeles
August 2019 - Thuan loves desert riding! He had just ridden from Perth to Townsville through the centre of Australia when he visited us. Next direction - south.
Alderic from France
July 2019 - Alderic has ridden 5000km in 5 months. He started in Hobart and popped in to get a new tyre on his way further north.
Cedric & Emily from Belgium & UK
July 2019 - Emily's from Worcester in England, and along with Belgian Cedric have spent nearly 2 years travelling in Australia. They have a couple of months left to enjoy our great country!
Thibaud from France
July 2019 - Thibaud is from Toulouse. He has spent 9 months cycling from Hanoi to Townsville and will continue down to Melbourne, then onto New Zealand.
Martin from Adelaide
July 2019 - Martin does seasonal work. He is 66 years old and spends his time cycle touring between work spots. He is heading to Atherton then further north.
Victor from Sweden
June 2019 - Victor decided to swap his car for a bicycle and ride to Brisbane! He bought a secondhand Apollo for $120, picked up some basic camping gear and is on his way on Monday. He is going to keep us updated on Instagram...it's sure to be an adventure! Have a look for Victor Helmeer or click the link.
Lysianne from Quebec
June 2019 - Lysianne left Adelaide in November 2018 and has been cycle touring around the place since then! She limped into Townsville with a collapsed trailer wheel bearing, stayed for a few days and is headed to Darwin where her trip will finish in November 2019. Enjoy the rest of your trip Lysianne!
Bruce from the Gold Coast
May 2019 - Bruce is retired and is taking his time cycling up to Cairns. He came through Townsville during the week.
Marianne & Fraser from Brisbane
May 2019 - These guys were on their way from Ravenswood to the Burdekin Dam when Mick met them. They are doing the Bicentennial Trail and having a blast! Marianne has a facebook page where she is providing updates https://www.facebook.com/marianne.creesekranenburg
Sam from Australia
May 2019 - Sam has four months to ride to Cape York and back. He is set up with a fishing rod and plans to catch himself some fresh food along the way. He had never ridden a bike on the road with traffic before! Follow Sam on Instagram @SamuelCharles8
Cody from United Kingdom
May 2019 - Cody has been on the road for about 14 months and still has another 18 months to go before returning home if all goes according to plan. Cody has some youtube clips as well as some other social media outlets. Search for Cody Moir on youtube to see what he is up to!
Emilie from Quebec
Feb 2019 - Emilie visited us yesterday. She is cycle touring around Australia and just happened to be up north for our summer. She is not too fazed by the heat, and plans to continue onto Cairns, Mt Isa and Darwin before completing her trip in Perth. Emilie's facebook page details her trip - 'BorntomeetWorld'
Ole from Denmark
November 2018 - Ole turned up at our shop a few hours after Stephane from France. Ole had been hearing this since leaving Darwin a month ago! He also thought it was HOT and bought a Da Brim helmet brim for some shade and protection. Ole has a blog over at www.mybikediary.net
Stephane from France
November 2018 - After having already ridden for 26000km through 28 countries in 20 months, Stephane has spent the last month riding from Darwin to Townsville in heat and headwinds. He has a total of 3 years to cycle tour and will be heading over to New Zealand once he gets further south.
Guido from Berlin
November 2018 - Guido works for Bike Dudes in Berlin. He figured 3 months cycle touring from Cairns to Sydney was a better option to spending winter in Germany. He popped in to say hello and show us his custom built German touring bike.
Dallas from Kuranda
November 2018 - Dallas spent 3 months cycle touring in the USA before heading home to Far North QLD. It didn't take long before she got itchy feet and decided to head south on her trusty Surly.
Tomo from Japan
October 2018 - Tomo flew into Cairns from Japan, ready to head out to Mount Isa, Alice Springs, Adelaide and Sydney before continuing on around the world. He is on a folding bike and plans to take the bus if he runs out of time. Here is the link to his blog...
Anna from Germany
Oct 2018 - Anna bought her Vivente a few months ago in preparation for a world cycle touring trip home to Germany! She is on her way to Darwin, then off to Asia. Good luck Anna and have fun!
Damien from France
October 2018 - Damien has done the loop around Australia using various transport means. When he got to Cairns he sold everything, bought a bike, and is now cycle touring to Sydney via an inland route.
Yossy from Japan
August 2018 - Yossy has 6 months in Australia and then plans to keep on going! He has ridden from Cairns, and is going through Townsville to Alice Springs, down to Adelaide, across to Melbourne, then maybe Tasmania before heading overseas. Yossy has a blog http://tabibito843.officialblog.jp/.
WorldTandem.com - Lloyd & Louis
July 2018 - Lloyd and Louis are best mates who have decided to tackle the Guinness World Record for fastest circumnavigation of the globe by Tandem bicycle. They're kitted up with all the cycle touring necessities and are leaving Adelaide on 7 August, 2018. You can help them raise money for brain and spinal research by donating on their website.
Chris from Canada
July 2018 - Chris has ridden 8000kms since leaving Perth in April. He plans to get to Port Douglas, Normanton and Alice Springs before he heads home in a couple of months. Chris has decided he prefers hills to endless flat roads. He dropped in for some repairs and walked out with purple wheels...now that is one good looking touring bike!
Holly & Conrad from the UK
June 2018 - Holly and Conrad have been on the road for about 14 months. They started in France, travelled through Europe and down through Asia before starting their Aussie leg in Cairns. Get an idea of the amazing adventure they're having over at World on 2 Wheels on instagram and Youtube.
Albert from Adelaide
May 2018 - Albert flew into Townsville recently, ready to ride to Darwin on a winter cycle touring trip. He started cycle touring after some ill health a few years ago. Now he is about to turn 75 years old and happily pedals about 80km a day, fully loaded with camping and cooking gear. Enjoy the ride Albert!
Wolters Family from Bundaberg
March 2018 - Diane, Jack (12), Chloe (13) and Jozef decided they needed to shake things up with a round Australia cycle touring ride. They have sold up most of their possessions and will spend the next year travelling anticlockwise raising money for MND Qld. Jack and Chloe have enrolled in homeschool and Jozef is studying a Masters degree. 5 weeks ago they were all new to cycle touring, but are quickly becoming old hands! Check out 'One Year On Our Bike' to see what they are up to.
Felipe & Mariana from Brazil
February 2018 - This pair are 5 months into their 3 year cycle touring journey through New Zealand, Australia, Japan and lots of other countries on their way back to Brazil. They ride Surly Long Haul Truckers, love their hammock and enjoy a good cook-up. Have a look at their website at pedaispelomundo.com which can be translated into English and has stunning photography.
Julian from the UK
February 2018 - Julian is from Leeds in the UK. He cracked his 10,000 mile mark when he reached Townsville! If you want to know how NOT to clean your Ortlieb panniers, Julian's the man to ask...he bought a new set while he was here. Julian is keeping a blog called 'Get Going East' over at Crazy Guy On A Bike.
Michael from Germany
January 2018 - it's not often we get cycle tourists come through during our tropical summer, but Michael has been in hotter places than here! He left home 6 months ago, cycled through Central Asia, including Iran and Turkey to Tajikistan, visited NZ and has just cycled up the inland route from Melbourne to Townsville! He is flying to Bali next and has 6 more months of adventure before needing to be home. Michael's blog is called cyclemichael - the photos tell the story!
Jen from Australia...UK...
Nov 2017 - Jen is leaving Townsville for Tasmania via the inland route before the end of this month! She has kitted herself out with Ortlieb panniers, a Fuji Tourer and of course...George the mascot. We are looking forward to hearing about her journey as she makes her way south. You can see where's she at on instagram...#humanontheloose
Meilani & Philip
September 2017 - These two decided it was time to head off and do some serious cycle touring before they got too old! They flew into Cairns and will make their way down the east coast before visiting NZ. Rain that feels warm, march flies and friendly grey nomads have made them feel welcome during their first couple of weeks in Australia. Happy pedalling during your next piece of life!
Liz from the Netherlands
September 2017 - Liz flew to Cairns via Bali, then cycled to Cooktown via the Bloomfield Track. She rides a 20 year old Swiss Villiger and loves camping with her Terranova tent and Trangia. Have a fun six month trip Liz!
Greg & Jane from Townsville
September 2017 - Jane and Greg have cycled toured all over the place, from WA to Nepal, to Hervey Range and Ayr. Now they are heading up to the Atherton Tablelands to test out their legs before heading over to NZ at Christmas.
Chris from Tolga
September 2017 - Chris is 79 years old. His bike is an Australian built Kerry Hopkins from the 1990s. Chris rode around Australia on this bike when he was slightly younger!
Andrew from USA
September 2017 - Andrew hails from Boulder, Colorado in the USA. He is bikepacking and had made it all the way from Melbourne to Townsville in just 29 days! Andrew was planning on continuing on to Cairns before flying home.
Isabella & Michal from Poland
August 2017 - Two true adventurers! They have already ridden a motorbike through Indonesia and have now bought bicycles to cycle the next leg of their journey to Sydney! No pressure, if it doesn't work out, they will just catch the bus! Have fun guys!
Herve & Luska from Europe
August 2017 - Herve is from Andorra and Luska is from Poland, but these two have been all over the place in the last few years. They bought Surly Disc Truckers in New Zealand and 2 months ago flew into Brisbane to cycle tour their way to Darwin. They are loving being on the bike every day!
Casey from Townsville
August 2017 - Casey is about to set off on a cycle tour overseas with no particular plans on her brand new bike that was 'Dad's project'. We look forward to hearing about your adventures Casey!
Hilde & Barbara from Germany
July 2017 - Hilde and Barbara have been everywhere man! From Tassie to Karumba via all sorts of remote places, they have been cycle touring for a number of months and are close to heading back to their home country of Germany. Check out their blog at http://www.slow-cycling.de. There's a lot of German, but you are sure to recognise some of the places in their photos. See you next time guys!
Max from Germany
July 2017 - Max comes from Weltersbach, near Steinwenden in Germany. He has 12 months to look around Australia, and after working in Melbourne for a bit, decided to buy a bike and see the country cycle touring style! Enjoy the rest of your trip Max!
Brett from New Zealand
July 2017 - Brett flew into Byron Bay from his hometown of Christchurch and is making his way north to Cape Tribulation and back with no concrete plans. Who knows where he may end up? Brett is enjoying the endless days of sunshine, but is missing the hills! Happy pedalling Brett and we may see you on your return trip.
Jason from Canberra
June 2017 - It has only taken Jason three months to cycle tour along the Murray and Mawson trails, eventually making his way to Alice Springs and Darwin. He then rode to Cairns and is now making his way back home...slowly...he is not that keen to get back to the cold of Canberra! Jason has a blog but it is having issues at the moment (Let us know when it's up and running and we'll post the link to it). Have fun with the rest of your trip Jason!
Yasuhiro from Japan
June 2017 - Yasuhiro is at the very beginning of a 5 year world cycle touring trip. He is a science teacher and wants to inspire his students to have a dream and to pursue it. Yas has a blog (in Japanese) at feel-the-real-tell-the-real.jimdo.com
Frasier & Trinh from Vietnam and UK
May 2017 - Frasier had already ridden through 27 countries, and Trinh had joined in for the last few of those before this pair hit Australian shores. After cycling down from Cairns, they decided their 3 months here would be best spent using a different sort of bike to tour around and see as much as possible. The best trips often don't go according to plan!
Jans from Germany
Daniel from South Australia
May 2017 - Daniel decided 10 years of academia was enough and set off on his Vivente Deccan to travel around Australia. He left Adelaide 6 months ago, and has had fun seeing where the road takes him. His Schwalbe Marathon tyres have lasted for 13,000 kilometres! Daniel's blog is at DanielsBikeAdventure. Click the link to check it out!
Hans from Tasmania
April 2017 - Hans, from Devonport in Tasmania, has ridden from Melbourne to Townsville, and is now making his way to Cairns. Being German, he knows all about the quality of #Ortlieb products and purchased a new front rack bag while here. Yesterday he had such a good tailwind that he was able to ride 200km in one day! Good luck with the rest of your journey Hans!
Jim from Amsterdam
April 2017 - Jim is from Amsterdam and has travelled 25,000km around the world so far. His coldest night so far has been -25 degrees Celsius (not much chance of that here!). Jim is combining cycle touring with working in Australia, and has spent some time up here in North Qld. From Townsville, he is going to take the Birdsville-Oodnadatta route and will visit Melbourne and Adelaide. Who knows where Jim will end up eventually!
Selene from Australian
March 2017 - Selene was going to ride across from Perth to Melbourne,but decided to go north from Port Augusta and has traversed through Alice Springs, ridden the Oodnadatta Track, been to Tennant Creek, and will eventually get back to Melbourne! Her Surly Long Traul Trucker has been a good companion for the past 12 months of the trip along with an XtraCycle trailer. Make the most of these last few weeks Selene and keep on pedalling!
Martyna & Jakub from Poland
December 2016 - Jakub and Martyna had cycled all the way from Sydney on their Polish tandem when we met them in Townsville. They were having a great time getting an Aussie tan and enjoying the long hot and windy days! Check out their Facebook page to see what they're up to today...https://www.facebook.com/tandemvoyage/?fref=ts
Mira from Czech Republic
October 2016 - Mira has spent the last ten months cycle touring from his home in Prague through South America, Japan and now Australia. Mira has toured almost exclusively on a diet of tuna and pasta for the 320 days of his trip so far! He has struggled to ride 4km/hr into 70km/hr headwinds in Argentina and climbed some big mountains! Enjoy the rest of your Aussie travels Mira!
Brad from Australia
October 2016 - Brad is heading off today on his first ever trip with his brand new bike and Ortlieb gear. He has sold up everything and has no definite plans! Good luck Brad and have fun on your open-ended journey!
Frederic & Bridgette - Switzerland
September 2016 - Bridgitte and Frederic from Switzerland have been cycle touring continuously for two years on their hand built, 17 year old Villiger bicycles. They reckon they still have a few years of cycle touring left in them!
Zaydee & Eliza from Australia
September 2016 - 11 year old Zaydee and her mum Eliza are travelling the 5330km Bicentennial National Trail. They started out in January this year on a donkey and a horse, and have recently transferred to a tandem bicycle! They have a great blog over at http://www.donkeydreaming.com.
Sophie from Sydney
Meet Sophie from Sydney. She has just finished a two week cycle touring trip from Brisbane to Townsville on her Brompton. For 8 years Sophie's Brompton has taken her around Sydney, Melbourne, China, USA and everywhere else she travels for work or pleasure. If you wanted proof the Brompton folding bike is well worth buying, just ask Soph! You can follow her on Instagram @dontforgettostop.
Charlotte from Belgium
August 2016 - 21 year old Charlotte has gone from hard core cycle commuter to hard core cycle tourer in just a few months! She has cycled NZ, Tasmania, then Brisbane to Townsville up the inland route. Now she is headed north and might even make it Cooktown before flying home from Cairns at the end of the month. We are sure the travels haven't finished, and look forward to hearing about the next big trip!
Hugh & Gerry from Victoria
Hugh and Gerry recently spent some time cycle touring around Italy and Hugh has even cycled across Siberia! Their trusty touring bikes take them all over the place once they reach their next destination by car.
Florent from France
Florent is a maths teacher. He has been cycle touring around the world for three years already. Florent has camped in -8 degrees in Arkansa, USA, has woken up to snow weighing down his tent, and is now going to experience an outback winter. He is heading to Darwin, then Indonesia and onto Nepal for a wedding in October. Florent's blog (in French) is www.florent-velo.fr. He promised to make sure it was updated tonight for all of us dreamers!
Caroline & Brett from Winton
June 2016 - Two new cycle tourists about to embark on their first trip, heading to New Zealand. Caroline is French and Brett is an Aussie and between them they are ready for adventure!
Oli and Janka from Slovakia
June 2016 - Oli and Janka saved their pennies working in London before heading off on bicycles with the aim of travelling until their money runs out! They have just started a Facebook page to record their trip called Cycle2Inspire and plan to continue for a good while yet!
Guillame & Jack - France and Aus
June 2016 - These young blokes hadn't really done any long distance cycling before starting this trip. They met up on the road somewhere and are loving the benefits of riding a bike over using motorised transport. They are well on their way to being cycle touring addicts! Guillame is an expert at building a soft nest for his tent, and Jack has his Brompton folding bike travel down to a fine art. Say hello if you see them around, you never know what you might learn!
Marlies & Fritz from Switzerland
May 2016 - We know you love hearing about people who are actually out doing what we dream of! So here are some more cycle tourists who are enjoying Townsville's tropical weather... Marlies and Fritz are from Switzerland. They are on their way to Cairns. You can read about their trip on their website... www.mfgut.ch...if you can read Swiss that is.
Tatsuzo from Japan
May 2016 - Tatsuzo rode through Townsville a few days ago. He comes from Sapporo, Japan and is cycle touring from Brisbane to Darwin. He called in to get some extra water storage for his bike for the next thirsty stage of his trip!
Darcy from Australia
May 2016 - Darcy is just setting off for an 18 month cycle tour through Darwin, Indonesia, Malaysia... Russia... His blog can be found at www.downhillsforthrills.com although he had not started working on it at the time of this photo. We look forward to reading about your adventures Darcy as the your journey unfolds. Have a fantastic time and enjoy the ride!
Leo (Heejoon) from Korea
April 2016 - 12 months ago Leo from Korea could not ride a bike. Now he has ridden all the way from Sydney to Townsville on his Surly Long Haul Trucker complete with panniers and tent! Leo has only got two more weeks left of his life-changing adventure and will fly home from Cairns, ready to save for the next trip!
Matteo from Italy
April 2016 - cycling from Sydney to Alice Springs via Townsville and Mt Isa, Matteo is riding about 100kms a day and camping out when he finds a quiet spot. Good luck with your journey Matteo!
Tatsuro from Japan
March 2016 - Tatsuro has already been on the road for two years and hopes to keep going for another four. He was nearing the end of his Australian trip after spending eight months cycling right around. Tatsuro loves to eat well and spends about an hour every night cooking his dinner, no matter where he is camped. If you want to see some interesting photos and read about Tatsuro's journey in Japanese, check out http://blog.livedoor.jp/tyatsubou/
Kingsley from Darwin surrounds
March 2016 - Kingsley is a cycle touring geologist who takes his folding bike with him on his geology trips and makes the most of the touring opportunities. He is very proud of his lightweight load and doesn't bother with camping and cooking, credit card touring all the way!
Janneke from Holland
March 2016 - Janneke decided it was time to leave her comfortable job and get some world experience cycle touring. She has already spent some months on the road, and is nearly at the end of her three month journey from Sydney to Darwin. Her blog is http://www.jannekeverhagen.nl
Gideon from Townsville (now)
February 2016 - Gideon from allgscience.org came in for some repairs and to tell us about his recent cycle touring trip from Townsville to Sydney in 27 days. Sounds like there wasn't much preparation, just a whole lot of fun! Check out the website for some entertaining and informative posts and videos.
Angie and Phillip - November 2015
Phillip and Angie are friendly Poms cycle touring the east coast of Australia for three months. Phillip had to buy a new bike in Cairns as the airline managed to destroy the one he was bringing from the UK. They haven't minded the heat so far, but that headwind has been a killer!
Devi from Boston
October 2015 - Devi is spending a year (maybe more, who can tell!) travelling the world by bike with a focus on storytelling, water and climate change. She chooses travel by sea rather than air when required and has enjoyed taking opportunities when they present themselves. Her blog is called 'One Bike, One Year'. Good luck Devi! May your trip be full of stories and fantastic experiences!
Chase from Townsville
September 2015 - Chase is about to head off to South America for 10 weeks of cycle touring, starting in Peru. He's got his Surly Disc Trucker and Ortlieb panniers ready to go. Have fun Chase! We look forward to hearing about it when you get back! Check out Chase's website at http://chasemyadventure.com
Alex & Steph from Bavaria
May 2015 - This couple have been cycling all the way around Australia from Darwin and are now into the last leg of their journey north back to Darwin. What an adventure they have had! Check out their website for stories from their trip - just google 'Tandem Down Under' or click on the link!
Bruce from Sydney
August 2015 - We weren't sure if we got the name right, but Bruce has since emailed us to let us know he made it home! Bruce's trip from Cairns to Sydney on his recumbent trike didn't end up quite the way he planned, but he enjoyed the bit that worked. Good to hear from you Bruce. Hope you get to have some more fun cycle touring in the future!
Gerd from Germany
May 2015 - The luggage on this bike is full of 70 kilograms of stuff! But no problem, Gerd is happy to take his time. He gave up the corporate life in 2012 to go cycle touring and has no definite plans to stop anytime soon. Good luck Gerd! The luggage on this bike is full of 70 kilograms of stuff! But no problem, Gerd is happy to take his time and enjoy a good beer at the end of the day. Gerd Müller - Global Cycling
Adrian from Canada
April 2015 - It's not everyday you get to meet a solo female cycle tourer! Adrian hails from Canada and is touring around as much of Australia as she can in the four months before her holidays run out. So far Adrian has experienced some of the Top End heat, lugged her trailer up into the Atherton Tablelands and ridden through days of energy-sapping headwinds. It's all part of the adventure for Adrian who has done a bunch of cycle tours before and keeps going back for more! Good luck Adrian!
Zeottu from New Zealand
March 2015 - Zeottu is heading off in a few days for a cycle touring trip starting in Japan and going through countries such as China, Thailand and Turkey. She speaks a little bit of a whole variety of languages and is not making any plans to head home soon! Have fun Zeottu! We look forward to hearing what you get up to!
Magzhan from Kazakhstan
February 2015 - Magzhan dropped in today to say hi. He has been cycle touring the globe and is continuing north for more flat-riding adventures! Those legs do at least 100km a day, unless he is struck down by a bad ear infection, which has laid him low for the last couple of days. Get well Magzhan and safe pedalling!
Jeremy from England
January 2015 - Jeremy has cycled through 18 countries on this trip so far and is heading south where he will meet his wife in Melbourne. His blog can be found at http://justpoppingoutforacycleride.wordpress.com
October 2014 - Riku rode from Sydney to Townsville in 25 days and is heading up to Darwin. He has a blog http://blog.livedoor.jp/riku198807050086/ for all those people who know their Japanese!
Patrick, Meg, Woody & Zero - Aus
August 2014 - This cycling family has foraged and camped their way from Daylesford, Victoria and are continuing up to Cooktown. They are passionate about food and sustainable living. Check out their website http://theartistasfamily.blogspot.com.au or their Facebook page 'Artist as Family'.
Lindsay & Simone - Coffs Harbour, Oz
August 2014 - one happy couple heading north!
Jon from Missouri, USA
July 2014 - Jon is spending a year in Australia and has spent the past few months cycle touring north from Melbourne. He is headed to Cooktown then back to Cairns where he will settle for car travel over to Darwin.
Alee & Kat - Melbourne, Australia
July 2014 - Alee and Kat have travelled throughout the world for the past two years. They came through Townsville on their way back to Melbourne. These guys are the website authors of www.cyclingabout.com, a great site for cycle tourers!
Cher & Justin from Hong Kong/USA
June 2014 - Cher and Justin are travelling by tricycle from Hong Kong to New Zealand. They rode through South-East Asia chasing rock climbing sites before riding from Darwin to Townsville. They plan to continue down south to Sydney and then fly to New Zealand for more cycling and climbing. Check out their website... www.beastsinjungle.com
Brian from Tasmania, Australia
Cycling around Australia and camping along the way.
Jans and Hennie from the Netherlands
2015 - Jans and Hennie bought their bikes when they arrived in Australia They are actually driving around, but spend a lot of time cycling and taking in the tourist sights on day trips out of town.
Andy & Rob from UK
Cycling around the world to raise money for charity. Had already ridden from the UK, through Asia and the top of Australia before reaching Townsville.
Lee from Taiwan
Cycling holiday in Australia. Was heading off the Cairns on his cheap, small mountain bike when we met him.