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Freewheelin’ through Australia’s cycling history

By Daniel Oakman
25 Nov 2014
Cadel Evans, Anna Meares, Simon Gerrans, Nathan Hass, Caroline Buchanan, Kathy Watt, Sue Powell and Michael Milton are just a few of the cycling stars...

Buggies, Bicycles and FJ Holdens

By Daniel Oakman
30 Oct 2014
Every Australian family wanted one of these. With room for the whole clan on two bench seats, the sleek and robust double Abbott buggy was...


By Daniel Oakman
08 Sep 2014
News of the fight spread quickly. A bike had been stolen and the culprit discovered. That was all anyone at my high school needed to...

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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.