Robert Bramley

Solo flight record-holder

TASNomineeYoung Australian of the Year2021

At age 16, Robert Bramley attempted to become the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo by plane.

After almost losing two close friends to suicide, Robert was determined to raise awareness and funds to prevent youth suicide in Australia, particularly in regional areas like his hometown, Kindred. He formed an organisation called Surviving Turbulence and began planning his mission – to fly around Australia to promote positive discussions around mental health in rural communities.

Robert completed his first solo flight in 2018 and the following year took off on his 15,000km unassisted journey around Australia. His advocacy has been instrumental in bringing public attention to youth mental health and generating significant funding for Beyond Blue through private donations and corporate sponsorships.

Robert shared his passion for flight by developing the first aviation training program for Scouts in Tasmania. He also became the youngest person ever appointed Tasmanian State Coordinator for Scout Air Activities.