Australian Geographic Society Awards Roadshow: Making Adventure Count

By AG STAFF 11 June 2024
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The Australian Geographic Society Awards Roadshow is back, this time bringing adventure to the Gold Coast!

The latest iteration of the roadshow series will see Dr Geoff Wilson AM and Tom Robinson take to the stage at The Homestead Event Centre at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Thursday 1 August from 6.30pm–8.30pm to discuss their awe-inspiring adventures.

A living legend

Dr. Geoff Wilson AM photographed with Douglas Mawson’s Ice pick at the Australian Museum
Dr Geoff Wilson AM photographed with Douglas Mawson’s Ice pick at the Australian Museum. Image credit: Nic Walker/Fairfax Media

Dr Geoff Wilson AM is a living legend. One of the world’s leading polar explorers while also meeting the demands of life as veterinary surgeon, entrepreneur and dedicated family man, Geoff squeezes every drop out of life. He’s developed a staggering level of resilience through a lifetime of pushing his mind and body through the harshest of wild places. His steel-trap mindset has equipped him with the fervour to pursue audacious challenges all over the globe, inspiring others along the way to find their own adventures. Geoff’s bold spirit, combined with his commitment to pushing the limits of human endurance, has earned him admiration and respect from adventurers and enthusiasts around the world.

Come along and hear from Geoff he recounts tales from the first stage of Project Zero, his latest adventure which aims to show that epic adventure can be sustainable. Geoff and his team, which includes his son Kitale, are currently exploring some of the world’s most isolated and vulnerable regions on a zero emissions quest to document the impact of climate change. He’s back in Australia for a short time before heading off again in late August so don’t miss this rare chance to encounter Geoff in person close to his home near Currumbin on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

From the headlines

Tom Robinson atop the hull of his upturned rowing boat, Maiwar moments before being rescued
Tom Robinson atop the hull of his upturned rowing boat, Maiwar moments before being rescued. Image credit: supplied

Tom Robinson made headlines in September last year when he was rescued by a cruise ship after he capsized off Vanuatu. Dubbed “the naked rower” by the media, Tom had traversed the Pacific Ocean in his hand built wooden rowboat Maiwar from Peru to the Cooks Islands, solo, nonstop and unassisted. He then island-hopped his way through small Pacific island nations until the journey ended just off Vanuatu. AG Society-supported-Tom has been recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person ever to row solo across the Pacific which he achieved the record at the age of 23 years and 128 days when he set out.

Come and hear Tom’s remarkable tale of survival on the high seas, what inspired his epic ocean rowing feat and his passion for traditional wooden boats.


Where: The Homestead Event Centre, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223

When: Thursday 1 August 2024, 6.30pm–8.30pm

Cost: $30pp

Tickets are available now!