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Cycling in Australia

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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...

Is Cycling Normal?

By Daniel Oakman
18 Feb 2015
A month ago, the television game show Family Feud, set fire to the Twitterverse with this question: ‘What is something annoying cyclists do?’ The highest scoring...

Supernova Australia: The Solar Bike

By Daniel Oakman
08 Jan 2015
In the late 1970s, a team of researchers at the University of Queensland began dreaming of a vehicle that combined the emerging technology of solar...

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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.