Queens Baton Relay

Clarence to host Queen’s Baton Relay

The streets of Clarence will come alive on Friday 9 February 2018 as residents ­­have a unique opportunity to witness the XXI Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay up close.

Residents will be able to line the streets to cheer on local batonbearers and attend a community celebration event at Simmons Park in Lindisfarne.


Relay Route

The Relay will begin in Howrah (corner of Yarram and Clarence Streets) at 9.40am and will travel by foot along much of Clarence Street to Kangaroo Bay Parklands (via Scott Street, Queen Street, Cambridge Road). After a short stop, the Baton will then be relayed to Montagu Bay along some residential streets (Riaween Road, Loinah Crescent, Conara Road, Tophan Street) and the Esplanade before arriving at Simmons Park in Lindisfarne at approx. 11.55am.

A copy of the route is available here  - Queens Baton Relay map of Clarence route(1646 kb)

Alternatively, you can view the route up close at gc2018.com/qbr


The Batonbearers

Congratulations to the following Clarence residents who will carry the Baton during the Queen’s Baton Relay in Clarence:

  • Kevin Alomes
  • Lynne Andrews
  • Susan Andrews
  • James Bentley
  • Todd Booth
  • Jack Direen
  • Bruce Englefield
  • Michael Figg
  • Jarrod Gibson
  • Helen Harding
  • Patricia Haydon
  • Bethanie Kearney
  • Marcia Lucas
  • Stephen Lunn
  • Christine McCormack
  • Zachary Millhouse
  • York Mountford
  • Cathy Ransom
  • Campbell Remess
  • Darren Ssangwell
  • Bronilyn Smith
  • Anne Steele
  • Melody Towns
  • Roger Viney
  • Cheryl Wilson
  • Alison Woolley


Community Celebration Event

Council will host a free community celebration event at Simmons Park .

The event will be held on Friday 9 February 2018 from 11.30am-1.00pm. There will be entertainment, activities and official speeches.

Some parking will be available on the site.

Vehicle entry will be from the northern entrance.  

Visit the Council’s Facebook page for more information about the event closer to the date.


Traffic management

For the safety of participants and spectators some roads will be closed to vehicles or have limited access during the Relay. Detours will be in place on the day to ensure flow of traffic.

Roads that will be affected include:

  • Clarence Street – from Shoreline Drive to Cambridge Road
  • Scott Street – from Clarence Street to Queen Street
  • Queen Street – from Scott Street to Cambridge Road
  • Cambridge Road - from war memorial (Queen Street, Bellerive) to Alma Street
  • Alma Street - from Cambridge Road to Kangaroo Bay Drive
  • Kangaroo Bay Drive
  • Riawena Road - from Loinah Crescent to Conara Road
  • Loinah Crescent - from Riawena Road to left after Clarence Aquatic Centre.
  • Conara Road - from Riawena Road to Topham Street
  • Topham Street - from Conara Rd (and Rose Bay Esplanade) to Lenna Street
  • Esplanade to Simmonds Park in Lindisfarne

Pedestrian traffic wanting to travel on the Relay route may be affected.

Affected roads near the Relay route include:

Howrah Road, Shoreline Drive, Yarram street, Phoenix Street, Lucas Street, Ninabah Street, Correa Street, Berega Street, Belar Street, Silwood Avenue, Wentworth Street, Lower River Street, HIgh Street, Beach Street, Douglas Street, Derwent Street, Crown Street, Petchey Street, Percy Street, Milford Lane, York Street, Loinah Road, Leprena Street, Rose Bay Esplanade, Marana Avenue, Chatsworth Street, Yolla Street, Lenna Street, Ronnie Street, Shore Street, Selbourne Place and Bellawinnie Road.

Bus routes along Clarence Street and cambridge Road will also be affected.

Police will be in attendance to manage traffic and will stop or direct traffic away from the event route.


More about the Queen’s Baton Relay

The Queen's Baton Relay will give everyday Australians an opportunity to play their part in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Relay is the longest in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres. The Relay takes a message from Her Majesty, The Queen, through the Commonwealth to the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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

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

More information on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is available from gc2018.com/qbr.