Waves and Wheels Exhibition
In the late 1950s and early 1960s surfing became part of a youth movement that swept the world, as music, fashion and language became centered around the beach. Surf adventure became a central part of the surfing experience as surfers and their friends started exploring the Australian coast in wagons, vans and other surfmobiles in search of fun times and perfect waves.
Car companies released surfing themed models , Sandman, Sundowner and Drifter panel vans were soon hitting the road, featuring over the top graphics and advertising that made real surfers cringe. For many surfers van life was reality, greeted by a wide open road, very few rules, and new horizons around every corner .
Surfers invented skateboards (miniature wheeled surfboards) to maintain their stoke on flat days, invading footpaths, roadways and carparks to go sidewalk surfing . The skateboard influence found its way back to the beach, with modern surfers adapting skateboard moves into their surfing repertoire.
Through the Waves & Wheels exhibition we are celebrating the relationship between surfers and their cars from the 1950s through to the 1980s. Featuring vintage surf photographs, interactive panel van experience, historic surf film footage, model cars, skateboards, roof racks and Great Ocean Road game visitors can immerse themselves in the surfing road trip and experience surfing’s epic sense of adventure.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
History of surfing, brilliant to see the names of yesteryear and the boards that were used in their quest for championships
Awesome display. So many memories from years past. Recommend highly
History and heritage. Brilliantly covers all aspects of surfing culture since the beginning.
Not that into surfing but the museum is really interesting and clearly thoughtfully curated.
Always worth a visit while in Torquay. It really helps to understand how surfing is really entrenched in the Australian culture and history, especially in this specific region.
We loved it. It's a small museum but full of history. I really recommend going and spending a couple of hours watching all the surf boards, surf suites, etc reading the history behind each item.
Australian National Surfing Museum
Torquay VIC 3228
9am – 5pm
7 days a week
364 days a year
(Closed Christmas Day)
Student/Pensioner Concession $8
Child (aged 16 and under) $8
PLEASE NOTE: General admission prices are for self-guided tours with no time limit.
Please see Education / Group Tours for details.