Michael Smith’s Great Adventure, In Conversation

Internationally-renowned adventurer Michael Smith will share thrilling travel and flying stories at an ‘In Conversation’ event on Wednesday, 11 December at 7.30pm at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.

The evening will be hosted by Ali Burton and will share Smith’s most recent journey, a modern day retracing of the 1919 Great Air Race flight, which he has undertaken in honour of the race’s centenary year.

Northern Territory Major Events Company General Manager Tim Watsford said it will be fantastic to hear Michael Smith’s stories and experiences first hand at the In Conversation event.

“In Conversation with Michael Smith is the perfect way to wrap up what has been a really special program of events honouring the incredible contribution The Great Air Race has made to the history of the Northern Territory, Australia and the world,” he said. 

Michael Smith took off from London on 19 November and will complete his Great Air Race flight by landing in Darwin on 10 December, 2019, exactly 100 years to the day that the Great Air Race was won.

Much like the original Great Air Race, Smith’s journey has been filled with extraordinary adventures, breathtaking sights and of course delays and set-backs.

Over 22 days, Smith has flown his Southern Sun SeaBear aircraft from London, across Europe, Africa, The Middle East and throughout Asia, before reaching Australia.

During his flight, Smith has been recreating photographs from the original race which were published in a 1921 edition of a National Geographic Magazine.

His recreated photos will be an insightful and entertaining part of the In Conversation event, allowing Smith to share, not only his journey, but also how much the world has changed in 100 years.

Adventurer Michael Smith said he was really looking forward to being able to share his Great Air Race journey with Darwin and to show the audience just how much the world has and hasn’t changed in 100 years.

“It has been an incredible experience following in the footsteps of the Great Air Race aviators and I am excited to be able to give people a modern day version for their incredible journey,” he said.

In Conversation with Michael Smith is the final stop in Darwin’s Great Air Race Centenary commemorative program of events.

Tickets to the event are free, but bookings are essential and limited to two seats per booking. Book your tickets at www.yourcentre.com.au.