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THE ROUTE

The BP Solar Trek started at Scarborough Beach, on the Indian Ocean, and finished at the Sydney Opera House, close to the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

From Scarborough the course passed along the main transcontinental highways, through Southern Cross, Coolgardie, Norseman, Cocklebiddy, Eucla (all in West Australia); Ceduna, Port Augusta, Peterborough (South Australia); Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Narromine, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Katoomba (New South Wales).

The entire run was monitored by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS), to ensure the authenticity of the use of the sun's rays to power the vehicle.

In summary, the course was 4130 kilometres (2560 miles) and was covered in 173 hours and 15 minutes at an average speed of 23.8km/h (15mph).

The Quiet Achiever silently slipped along the highways and stirred up incredible interest as the journey progressed. Even across the Nullabor people came from all around the countryside, traveling hundreds of kilometres just to see it pass, and take photographs. Coaches full of tourists passed and then pulled up to wave, and also take photographs. On the passage through major towns it was literally mobbed by hundreds of people, and on the approaches to the Opera House on the last day tens of thousands came to the roadside to greet the Hans and Larry and The Quiet Achiever. 

The finish at the Opera House was timed for the Friday lunch period, and results in huge crowds greeting the arrival of The Quiet Achiever.