We’ve Gotta Stop In There Next Time.
It seemed like every time we sailed through Nabiac on the Pacific Highway we’d always say the same thing as we passed the sign pointing to The National Motorcycle Museum of Australia. “We’ve gotta stop in their one day.”
Alas, we never did. Either we were pressed for time, the kids were asleep in the car, or we were in a plane and the hosties probably wouldn’t have appreciated us cracking open a door and bailing out for a look.
This time we had all our ducks in a row. No kids, no plane and plenty of time. So we stopped in.
The National Motorcycle Museum of Australia was started in 1990 by Brian and Margaret Kelleher in an attempt to preserve some of Australia’s motorcycling heritage. It quickly became the largest motorcycle museum of its kind in Australia.
Originally located in Mitchell, an outer suburb of Canberra, the Kelleher family decided to sell their motorcycle retail business and relocate the museum to Nabiac on the Mid North Coast of NSW, about 140 km (87 mi) north of Newcastle on the Pacific Highway.
There they constructed three huge sheds to house the 800 plus bikes and assorted motorcycling memorabilia they had accumulated over the years, some of which date back to the early 1900’s. The Museum has all the usual suspects representing Japan, Italy, England Germany and the United States plus a few ring in’s I’d never heard of thrown in for good measure.
We managed to kill a couple of hours at the museum, but there are so many bikes and so much memorabilia you could spend a lot longer if you were keen.
If you happen to be passing by Nabiac, and the hosties will let you, don a parachute and bail out for a look.
- The National Motorcycle Museum of Australia: http://nationalmotorcyclemuseum.com.au/