Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Airlie Beach, Bowen and the Whitsunday Islands on 19 March 2018 as we play host to the Queen's Baton Relay.

The Queen's Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth and started its global journey at Buckingham Palace on Commonwealth Day, 13 March 2017.

Setting off in Australia on 25 December 2017, the baton will travel for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory. Collectively across the country, baton bearers will take more than a million steps to take the Baton to its final destination, the Games' Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

The relay will commence in Bowen from the Soundshell at 2.56pm on 19 March 2018. The Baton will travel to Airlie Beach, and the relay will start from Abell Point Marina at 5.04pm the same day.

To view the relay route, please visit the Queen's Baton Relay website  to check out the interactive map!

The following community members will be carrying the baton proudly through the streets of the Whitsunday Region:

Name Celebration Community
Courtney Atkinson Whitsunday Islands
Howard Barnett Airlie Beach
Heather Batrick Airlie Beach
Edmund Brazil Bowen
Gary Bruce Bowen
Veronica Carroll Bowen
Lisa Christofersen Airlie Beach
Jan Claxton Airlie Beach
Max Cockrem Bowen
Denver Cross Bowen
Gloria Demartini Airlie Beach
John Dickinson Airlie Beach
Wendy Downes Airlie Beach
Esther Gaby Whitsunday Islands
Jack Groocock Bowen
Eden Hedges Bowen
David Hinschen Airlie Beach
Lee-Anne Hinschen Airlie Beach
David Insch Bowen
Stephen Jackson Airlie Beach
Margaret Kostowski Bowen
Pam Lawley Bowen
Gary Martin Bowen
Daniel Merrypor Bowen
Howard McDonald Airlie Beach
Georgia Murray Airlie Beach
Tim Oberg Airlie Beach
Monica Oriel Bowen
Brian Ryle Bowen
Mark Steen Whitsunday Islands
Christian Turner Airlie Beach

Community Celebration 

The Baton will be welcome to our region in Bowen at 2.56pm at the Bowen Soundshell. A welcome to Country and smoking ceremony will take place, an official speech by Mayor Willcox and a Guard of Honor by the 1956 Olympic Torch Baton Bearers.

The Airlie Beach relay route will finish at the Lagoon with a community celebration at 5.45pm. The celebration will include a welcome to country and smoking ceremony by traditional owners, an official speech by Mayor Willcox, a Guard of Honor by the 1956 Olympic Torch Baton Bearers, entertainment by MamaDojo and a free sausage sizzle.

Road Closures

To help plan your journey on Monday 19 March, please click on one of the below links to download a map of the roads that will be temporarily closed around the relay route.

Bowen - Temporary Road Closures
Airlie Beach - Temporary Road Closures


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    Shop 23 Whitsunday Plaza, Cannonvale
    Cnr. Stanley and Conway Streets, Collinsville
    52 Main Street, Proserpine
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