By The Bribie Islander Gloss Magazine


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Tags: Travel. Tourism. Bribie Island. Australia

Some people really like riding bicycles but Czech couple Monika and Jirka along with their children Babora (6) and Petr (4) really know how to clock up the miles on the old “pushy”. The family of cyclists from the Czech Republic made Bribie Island their final stopping off point on their Australian cycling adventure before jetting back to their native Czechoslovakia in late January.

Featured Image(above): Jirka, Petr, Monika and Barbora

“We started in Sydney on the 20th November last year and ended the journey on beautiful Bribie Island on 19th January 2019,” Monika told The Bribie Islander. “Our route took in Sydney – Hunter Valley – Singelton – Muswellbrook – Scone – Quirindi – Narrabri – Moree – Goondiwindi – Inglewood- Toowoomba – Chinchilla – Miles – Taroom – Rockhampton – Gladstone – Bundaberg – Harvey Bay – Maryborough – Tin Can Bay – Gympie – Noosa Heads – Caloundra – Ningi and finally Bribie Island.

All together we’ve ridden 3131 km,” she said. For the young Czech family, it was their second Australian trip. “Our first trip to Australia was in 2017 (two years ago). During that first trip, we rode 4449 km. More than 2000 km in Western Australia, then from Adelaide to Melbourne, then we rode the Tasmanian circuit before finishing in Sydney. So Queensland is our sixth Australian state,” said Monika.

Monika and Jirka’s cycling itinerary is listed below and makes for impressive reading. With children (Barbora 2012, Petr 2015): 2016 – New Zealand 4011 km 2016/2017 – Australia (WA, SA, Victoria, Tasmania, Sydney) 4449 km 2018 – Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Belize) 3472 km 2018/2019 – eastern Australia (Sydney to Bribie) 3131 km “We have already ridden more than 50 000 km around the world. More than 15 000 km from that is with small children.

The family in Sydney

Our biggest trip was in 2009/2010 in South America (From Bogota to Rio de Janeiro 14 224 km) with our wedding in Buenos Aires,” said Monika. And what did they think of Australia and in particular Bribie we asked Monika. “We love Australia and its friendliness. It is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Bribie Island is a very pretty place and we are glad that we included it on our trip.” Well said Monika.

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