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  – Queen’s Baton Relay Route – approx times & road closures

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


The Batonbearers

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

  • Kevin Alomes
  • Lynne Andrews
  • Susan Andrews
  • Cheryl Arnol
  • James Bentley
  • Todd Booth
  • Jack Direen
  • Bruce Englefield
  • Michael Figg
  • Ben Findley
  • Kaye Fox
  • Jarrod Gibson
  • Helen Harding
  • Steven Hay
  • Patricia Haydon
  • Luke Jackson
  • Bethanie Kearney
  • Marcia Lucas
  • Stephen Lunn
  • Christine McCormack
  • Zachary Millhouse
  • Curtis Miley
  • Yorke Mountford
  • Zoe Nolan
  • Joshua Oates
  • Cathy Ransom
  • Amanda Ross
  • Darren Sangwell
  • Bronilyn Smith
  • Daniel Sproule
  • Anne Steele
  • Melody Towns
  • Roger Viney
  • Cheryl Wilson
  • Alison Woolley

In addition, the following Clarence residents will carry the baton at other locations in Tasmania – Campbell Remess and Bethanie Kearney.

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 Howrah Road to Wentworth Street, from approx. 9.25am to 10.00am
    • from Wentworth Street to Cambridge Road, from approx 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Scott Street – from Clarence Street to Queen Street, from approx 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Queen Street – from Scott Street to Cambridge Road, from approx 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Cambridge Road – from Queen Street to Alma Street, form approx 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Alma Street – from Cambridge Road to Kangaroo Bay Drive, from approx 9.45am to 10.30am
  • Kangaroo Bay Drive, from approx 9.45am to 10.45am
  • Loinah Crescent – from Riawena Road to left after Clarence Aquatic Centre, from approx 11.00am to 11.20am
  • Riawena Road – from Loinah Crescent to Conara Road, from approx 11.00am to 11.20am
  • Conara Road – from Riawena Road to Topham Street, from approx 11.00am to 11.40am
  • Topham Street – from Conara Rd (and Rose Bay Esplanade) to Lenna Street, from approx 11.10am to 11.40am
  • Esplanade – from Lenna Street to Simmons Park in Lindisfarne, from approx 11.30am to 12noon

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.