SEASONED ADVENTURER: Brando Yelavich is nearing the end of his 4,670km journey across Australia on a push bike.
SEASONED ADVENTURER: Brando Yelavich is nearing the end of his 4,670km journey across Australia on a push bike. Emily Bradfield

Kiwi cycles through Dalby on mission to inspire

WITH sunflowers on the back of his bicycle and bare feet on the pedals, Brando Yelavich was hard to miss as he rode along Drayton St this week in the final few hundred of kilometres of a 4670km journey across Australia.

The 25-year-old from New Zealand has spent the past 121 days on the back of a push bike, on a journey of self discovery from Australia's westernmost point at Steep Point, straight through the Simpson Desert towards Australia's easternmost point at Cape Byron.

Mr Yelavich said there was method to the madness, with a purpose to inspire people along to be "of their own liking” and to life live the way they wanted to live.

"I want to help people, men in particular, to take better care of their mental wellness,” he said.

"My goal is to give people inspiration and the tools to get out there and just live. Instead of being sad and suffering in sadness, being sad and getting up and doing something.

"It's OK to be sad and it's OK not to be OK but it's not OK to suffer.”

Mr Yelavich has also been stopping at schools to share his journey.

"The big message I share in schools is the only important thing in life is to be of your own liking.

"I tell the students that it doesn't really matter what other people think of you or what other people say about you, there's always going to be somebody in your life who doesn't like you - it's human and we're all different... but at least when you're to your own liking it doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks.”

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