Residents from Coffs Harbour can begin planning their Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) experience with the street-level detail and community celebrations now available to explore at www.gc2018.com/qbr
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 (C2018) 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.
The Queen’s Baton will arrive at City Square in Coffs Harbour’s CBD at 5.30pm on 1 February 2018 after arriving at the Jetty Foreshore just after 4.30pm and then travelling along Jordan Esplanade Harbour Drive.
Batonbearers will be informed of their street-specific slotting location in December. Details will be updated at www.gc2018.com/qbr in the weeks prior to the Baton arriving into a celebration community.
“No one will want to miss out on experiencing the thrill of being part of the Queen’s Baton Relay, the largest sporting event that Australia will see this decade, is just around the corner,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. “So make sure you claim your spot for February 1 2018.”
For more information on the route, search the map on www.gc2018.com/qbr