Return of aerial circumnavigation re-enactment to RAAF Base Point Cook

Adventurer Michael Smith is returning on Sunday 19 May to RAAF Base Point Cook from his historic recreation flight of the first circumnavigation of Australia 100 years ago.

Mr Smith plans to return at 2.10pm - the same time as the arrival of the original flight.

On arrival, Mr Smith will return to the Commanding Officer of Number 21 Squadron, Wing Commander Rob Gill, the RAAF ensign presented to him on departure.

Retired Navy Commander David Goble, grandson of Wing Commander Stanley Goble who conducted the first flight, will present artefacts from the first flight to Mr Smith.

Mr Smith is available for interview after the presentations.

All flying activities are conducted within strict safety guidelines. Flying is subject to variables including; air traffic control requirements and weather. As such, flying events and the number of aircraft may be subject to change, or cancellation at short notice.

Media attendance

Public access to the event is restricted to media and invited guests only. 

Media wishing to attend are required to register by phone/email before 10:30 am on Sunday 19 May via the event contact details provided. Photo ID is required to access the facility.

Event contact:
Anna Maria Kendrick
0428 394 935.

Defence Media:
(02) 6127 1999


Detailed information about Mr Smith’s aerial circumnavigation of Australia, can be found on the Voyages of the Southern Suns website.

Imagery of circumnavigation departure can be found via the Defence Imagery website.

For more information, visit the Defence Aircraft Noise website or call 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).

Flying schedule

  • Sunday 19 May 2024 - 1:30 pm