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The darkside: endurance cycling in Australia

By Daniel Oakman
24 Apr 2014
It’s 11pm on a Saturday night and I’ve arrived at Eaglehawk Service Station (about 10 kilometers to the north of Canberra) a little worse for...

Riding High: Adventures with ‘Black Bess’

By Daniel Oakman
20 Mar 2014
High-wheelers, known later as penny-farthings, arrived in Melbourne in 1875, and soon confirmed the speed, excitement and potential of the bicycle. High-wheelers featured rubber ‘cushion’...

Road Rage: Bike vs Horse

By Daniel Oakman
27 Feb 2014
In December 1889, Dr G. A. Thorne from Melbourne found himself with a spare fortnight at his disposal. A keen bike rider, he decided to...

Explore the role of the bicycle in Australia. Tour our website to learn more about our nation’s cycling stories and important cycling objects, and to join the conversation about the bike’s past, present and future.

Cadel Evans riding in the 2008 Tour de France. Photo: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images.

Cadel Evans cycling collection

A road bike and a mountain bike owned by the champion cyclist.
studio portrait of two children with tricycle


Follow the development of our new travelling exhibition, touring Australia from 2014.

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.

Side view of a woman's bike

Cycling objects

Highlights from the National Museum's collection.


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.