Explore the Borough of Queenscliffe street-level detail for the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay

Friday, 17 November 2017

Borough of Queenscliffe residents can begin planning their Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) experience with the street-level detail and community celebrations now available to explore at gc2018.com/qbr.

The Queen’s Baton is scheduled to arrive in lower Princess Park at 12.18pm on Monday 12 February 2018 before travelling through the Borough along Hesse Street, King Street, Flinders Street and The Bellarine Highway.

“Council is thrilled to be hosting part of the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay next year,” said the Mayor, Cr Tony Francis.

After travelling an astonishing 288 days throughout the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Baton will arrive onto Australian soil in Brisbane on 24 December 2017, having shared the dream of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) with over one third of the world’s population.

From Christmas Day until 24 January 2018, the Queen’s Baton will be shared with thousands of Australians at popular summertime events, iconic locations and children’s hospitals around the country.

From 25 January 2018, the QBR will shift gears to a more traditional relay, where the Queen’s Baton will celebrate Australia Day, before continuing in the hands of approximately 3,800 batonbearers through every state and territory.

As the Queen’s Baton travels the length and breadth of Australia, the QBR will not just pass through, but spend quality time in each community it visits, calling into hundreds of local schools and community celebrations along the way.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games officially open.

Find out when and where the Baton will be in the Borough of Queenscliffe at gc2018.com/qbr.

Batonbearers will be informed of their street-specific slotting location in December. Details will be updated at gc2018.com/qbr in the weeks prior to the Baton arriving into a celebration community.

“Rather than just pass through, the Relay has been designed to spend quality time in communities across Australia so that as many people as possible can be a part of the Baton’s journey and share in the excitement of GC2018,” said GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a global journey that will soon reach Australia, reminding us all that GC2018, the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade, is just around the corner.”

Follow the action online at gc2018.com/qbr and on Twitter with the QBR Hashtag #QBR2018 and GC2018 Hashtag #GC2018, #SHARETHEDREAM

 

BACKGROUND

The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) continues to connect the Gold Coast with the entire Commonwealth.

Already the Baton has been passed between thousands of people across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe and Asia, building excitement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

The GC2018 Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.

The Baton engages with all Commonwealth nations and territories of Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania for 288 days before it arrives in Australia for a further 100 days.

The QBR has entered the Oceania region, the final region in its global voyage around the Commonwealth before returning to Australia.

The Baton arrives into Brisbane on Christmas Eve and approximately 3,800 batonbearers will carry it through every state and territory in Australia.

The Relay started on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March 2017, at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty placed Her message inside of the Baton.

The distinctive design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast. In form and inspiration, the Baton is a symbol of our past, present and future.

The Queen’s Baton arrives on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where HRH The Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.