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Queen’s Baton Relay

Queen's Baton

The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.

The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition. The GC2018 QBR will be both the longest and the most inclusive QBR to date, spending quality time in each community it visits.

The Queen’s Baton has been specially designed to capture the boundless energy of the Gold Coast and is an inspiring symbol that will connect the Commonwealth with Australia, Queensland and the Gold Coast.

The baton’s leading edge is made from reclaimed plastic from the beaches and waterways of the Gold Coast. It’s an eye-catching material that starts conversations about consumption, recycling and the importance of creating a sustainable future. The macadamia tree is native to the Gold Coast region and the incorporation of this wood into the baton serves as an important symbol and example of traditional indigenous sustainable cultural practice.

The baton itself is also designed with accessibility in mind. The shape provides multiple grip positions and there is also a harness and baton adaptor for people who may not be able to carry the baton in their hand.

Community celebrations

The Queen’s Baton Relay set off from Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017 and is travelling through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth, arriving in Australia on 24 December 2017.

The QBR will commence its Queensland leg on Saturday 3 March 2018 and spend 33 days travelling throughout the state, engaging with many regional Queensland communities each day and will arrive at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday 4 April 2018.

As it travels through Queensland, the QBR will inspire the Commonwealth Games promise of proud, active and inclusive communities.

Selected communities may be eligible to apply for the Embracing 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay Community Celebration Grants Program. To find out more visit the Community Celebrations Grants page.

Delivery Agencies


The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will transform the Gold Coast and Queensland by creating benefits for our communities before, during and after the 11 days of competition. These are the benefits that this initiative will bring to Queenslanders both within the Gold Coast and across our state:

  • GC2018 is a platform to unite Commonwealth countries on peace, prosperity and sustainability related issues of critical importance to the host nation’s region
  • The Commonwealth Games profile as a diverse and inclusive event is enhanced through GC2018