You are in site section: Online features

Cycling in Australia

From our blog

Battles with Morpheus: Hubert Opperman and the 1931 Paris-Brest-Paris

By Daniel Oakman
25 Aug 2015
In early September 1931, the cyclist Hubert Opperman developed a sore throat. This somewhat unremarkable fact might have otherwise passed unnoticed among the array of...

Museums as Places for Imagining the Future of Cities

By Daniel Oakman
06 May 2015
Dr Steven Fleming has been poking the hornets nest that is urban planning for over a decade, with his mission to put cycling on the...

Women on wheels – blazing the trail

By Daniel Oakman
06 Mar 2015
When Australian track cyclist Anna Meares collected her 11th world championship medal a week ago in Paris it was another remarkable victory in a stellar career. On...

Tour our website to learn more about the role of the bicycle in Australia and to join the conversation about the bike's past, present and future.

Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia.

Freewheeling exhibition

Explore the history of cycling in Australia in this travelling exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia. On show at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane, 29 November 2014 to 8 June 2015.

Side view of a woman's bike

Cycling objects

Highlights from the National Museum's collection.

Australian Natives - The Bicycle Road Race postcard

Get involved

More on our collections appeal and other ways you can show your support.

Malvern Star: the cycle of Opperman advertising poster

Oppy: The Human Motor

Sir Hubert Opperman and endurance cycling in Australia: curator's talk.

Two women riding bicycles

About the project

Sharing stories about our cycling collections.


People and the Environment

Cycling in Australia is part of the National Museum's People and the Environment program. Discover more stories about people's relationships with Australia's natural and built environments on our People and the Environment website.