I acknowledge the traditional custodians whose land this work takes place on and whose cultures and customs have nurtured this country for so long – I would like to pay my respects to Elders past, present and future.
The Big Bike Ride is an incredible and epic 15,000km journey around Australia on a solar powered electric bicycle engaging all communities in conversation with our First Nations people about culture and climate. Joshua Holliday will embark on this trip to introduce regenerative environmental solutions and facilitate safe spaces for conversations in communities around the country.
Josh says “the intention behind the trip is to unite Australians around regenerative solutions”.
The Big Bike Ride is a positive vision for the future that will inspire hope and unlock connections for all involved. Josh wants to change the narrative around climate change and our approach to the issue as a country.
The tour will begin on Wednesday the 1st of April when Josh departs from the Sydney Climate Action Summit and heads north.
He’ll be stopping at a number of small communities along the way but below are some of the more populated areas so you can get an idea of the trip in a nutshell.
Leaving Sydney he’ll head up the east coast to Kempsey, Byron, Brisbane, Noosa and all the way to Cairns. When he hits Cairns he will head inland towards Darwin. From Darwin he moves through Litchfield National Park, past Fitzroy Crossing to Broome.
The west coast is going to be one of the most challenging parts of the journey so from Broome to Perth Josh will definitely have his will tested. The last legs of the trip will be inland from Perth across the Nullarbor to Adelaide, Melbourne and finally down to Tasmania. Josh will finish off the trip by riding back home into Sydney for Christmas.
“Unity and connection are the pillars on which the idea for this journey stands. Through this journey I hope to facilitate a stronger sense of unity throughout communities in Australia by offering an opportunity to connect with each other over one of the biggest concerns of our time – the state of the environment in which we live.”
– Joshua Holliday
The Big Bike Ride plans to visit over 100 Australian communities to facilitate safes spaces for conversations to take place and show screenings of the hybrid documentary, 2040, which showcases regenerative solutions that we have available right now. “2040 is a positive vision of what ‘could be’, instead of the dystopian future we are so often presented.”
Joshua is also partnered with YARN Australia. YARN is an Indigenous Social Enterprise focused on creating relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and non-Indigenous Australians by intentionally connecting with individuals, communities, schools and organisations across the country.
There is an array of other brands that are contributing to the project in their own way whether that be by providing gear and equipment, food provisions, community connections or financial support. These brands include Patagonia, Wild Earth, Dr Bronners, Reunion, Meralli Projects, Enosi, and Rotary Australia.
If you’re interested in supporting The Big Bike Ride in hosting a community event or through any other means, please contact – firstname.lastname@example.org