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Queen's Baton Relay

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 Relay is the longest continual promotion of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). It provides an organic global reach for GC2018 across the 288-day international sector and the 100-day domestic sector throughout Australia.

We’ve created an interactive Travel Impacts Map to help you understand more about how your journey could be affected if you choose to travel during the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Baton will arrive in Queensland on Saturday 3 March 2018 and make its way across the state to reach the Gold Coast on Sunday 1 April 2018. The route is now available – visit gc2018.com/qbr to find out when the Baton will be in your area!

When the Queen's Baton will be in the GC2018 cities

City Dates
Cairns 15-17 March 2018
Townsville 18-19 March 2018
Brisbane 30-31 March 2018
Gold Coast 1-4 April 2018

How will the Queen's Baton Relay affect me?

Due to the nature of the Relay, some roads and public transport services will be impacted while the Baton visits your area and include temporary interruptions such as:

While every effort will be made to minimise disruptions or delays, we appreciate your patience during this once in a lifetime event.

Road closures and local access

As the Queen's Baton moves around Queensland there will be rolling road closures. Some roads will be closed for part of the day. The reasons for this are:

  • QBR Community Celebrations
  • QBR Baton Bearers travelling at running speed
  • Road network constraints.

While every effort will be made to minimise any inconvenience, we appreciate your patience during this once in a lifetime event.

If you are a resident or business on one of the impacted roads, you may have restricted access into your property for a period of time. Use the links below to check for local road impacts and property access.

Gold Coast residents (1-4 April): Download a complete list of suburb by suburb impacts (PDF 94KB).

Logan residents (1 April): Visit Logan City Council's website for more details including how you can be a part of the celebrations, plus road and traffic impacts.

Brisbane residents (30-31 March): Visit Brisbane City Council's website for more details including road and traffic impacts.

Townsville residents (18-19 March): Visit Townsville City Council's website for more details including road and traffic impacts.

Cairns residents (15-17 March): Visit Cairns Regional Council's website for more details including road and traffic impacts.

For all other regions, please contact your local council to find out the road closures and impacts to property access resulting from the QBR route.

Gold Coast parking restrictions

As the Queen's Baton moves around the Gold Coast from Sunday 1 April to Wednesday 4 April, there will be a few temporary parking restrictions. While every effort will be made to minimise any inconvenience, we appreciate your patience during this once in a lifetime event.

For parking restrictions in other regions, please use the links above to the local council websites.

Date Location What's happening? Road name Suburb
Sunday, 1 April 2018 Helensvale Cultural Centre Plaza  Car park closed 1pm – 6pm (partial closure) Sir John Overall Drive  Helensvale 
Sunday, 1 April 2018 – Monday, 2 April 2018 Paradise Point Park  Road closed 12am – 12pm 2nd April. Full closure Falkinder Ave to Bruce Ave. Community Lane (off Bruce Ave)  Paradise Point 
Monday, 2 April 2018 Paradise Point Park  Car park closed 6am – 11am. Falkinder Ave to Bruce Ave. Community Lane (off Bruce Ave)  Paradise Point 
Monday, 2 April 2018 Runaway Bay Community Centre Car park closed  6am – 1pm (full closure) Lae Drive  Runaway Bay 
Monday, 2 April 2018 Harley Park  Car park closed 6am – 1pm (partial closure) Gold Coast Highway  Labrador 
Monday, 2 April 2018 Gold Coast Highway – Adjacent to Broadwater Parklands  (Marine Pde – Queen Street) Car park closed  6am – 2pm Gold Coast Highway – Adjacent to Broadwater Parklands  (Marine Pde – Queen Street) Southport
Monday, 2 April 2018 Point Danger  Car park closed 2pm to midnight (full closure) Tweed Terrace Rainbow Bay 
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 Point Danger  Road closed 1am – 9am. Car park closed 12am  – 9am. Tweed Terrace Rainbow Bay 
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 North Kirra SLSC  Car park closed  6am – 9am   Pacific Parade  Kirra 
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 Currumbin Vikings SLSC   Car park closed  6am – 10am  (full closure) Pacific Parade  Currumbin 
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 Burleigh Heads — Esplanade  Car park closed 6am – 1pm, Hayle Street – Gold Coast Highway Goodwin Terrace  Burleigh Heads 
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 Burleigh Heads — Esplanade  Car park closed 6am – 1pm (partial closure of car park opposite Burleigh Heads Hotel The Esplanade  Burleigh Heads 
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 Kurrawa Baton Bearer Parking  Car park closed 6am – 5pm (20 car spaces) Old Burleigh Road  Broadbeach 
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 Kurrawa Time Adjustment Break  Car park closed 6am – 5pm, Victoria Ave – Queensland Ave Old Burleigh Road  Broadbeach 
Tuesday, 3 April 2018 Hanlan Street  Car park closed 7pm – midnight. Westbound, The Esplanade – Surfers Paradise Blvd Hanlan Street  Surfers Paradise
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 Hanlan Street  Car park closed midnight to 10am. Westbound, The Esplanade – Surfers Paradise Blvd Hanlan Street  Surfers Paradise
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 Hollindale Park  Car park closed 6am – 2pm (20 car spaces) Southport Surf Club Access  Main Beach 
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 The Spit — Doug Jennings Park  Car park closed 6am – 2pm (40 car spaces) Seaworld Drive  Main Beach 
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 The Spit — near public pontoon Car park closed 6am – 2pm (30 car spaces) Muriel Henchman  Main Beach 

Permits

If you plan to undertake any activities, works or events on one of the impacted roads, you may have restricted permits and access for a period of time.

Contact your local council to find out if access will be affected by the QBR route and for information about Council-issued permits.

Contact your local TMR office about TMR-issued permits.

Heavy vehicles

If you plan to travel on one of the impacted roads, you may have restricted permits and access for a period of time. 

Contact your local council to find out if you will be affected by the QBR route.

Please refer to the Conditions of Operations database for information about restrictions on TMR roads.

Bus services

Some local bus services and stops will be affected by the QBR during its journey through Queensland.

TransLink services on the Gold Coast

A number of Surfside buses will be diverted from their usual stops while the Queen’s Baton Relay passes through the Gold Coast from 1-4 April 2018. The table below shows affected routes, with the date and time that diversions will be in place. If you plan to travel on one of the affected routes, see the TransLink website for more information.

TransLink services (South East Queensland, Cairns, Mackay and Townsville)

Information about impacts to TransLink bus services and stops are now on the TransLink website.

    Long distance coaches

    Some bus services and stops will be affected by the QBR during its journey through Queensland.

    To find out if your long distance coach is affected by the Relay, please contact your local operator.

    School buses

    To find out if your school bus service is affected by the Relay, please contact your local school bus operator.

    qconnect services

    Information about impacts to qconnect bus services during the Relay is provided below. Please expect delays or stop closures during this time.

    Airlie Beach/ Proserpine

    Date: 19 March 2018

    Local operator: Whitsunday Transit

    Impact type: delays, alternate stop and route diversions

    Impacted route:

    • Route 1
    • Route 2

    Bowen

    Date: 19 March 2018

    Local operator: Bowen Transit/ Trans North

    Impact type: no bus impact

    Bundaberg

    Date: 24 March 2018

    Local operators: Duffy’s Buses | Stewart and Sons Coaches

    Impact type: no bus impact

    Fraser Coast

    Date: 25 March 2018

    Local operator: Wide Bay Transit

    Impact type: delays, alternate stops and route diversions

    Impacted routes:

    • Route 1
    • Route 2
    • Route 3
    • Route 4
    • Route 5
    • Route 6
    • Route 7

    Gladstone

    Date: 24 March 2018

    Local operator: Buslink

    Impact type: no bus impacts

    Gympie

    Date: 26 March 2018

    Local operator: Polley’s Coaches

    Impact type: delays, alternate stops and route diversions

    Impacted routes:

    • Route 1
    • Route 2
    • Route 3
    • Route 4
    • Route 5
    • Route 6
    • Route 7
    • Route 9
    • Route 50

    Innisfail

    Date: 17 March 2018

    Local operators: Trans North Bus and Coach

    Warwick

    Date: 29 March 2018

    Local operator: Haidley’s Panoramic Coaches

    Impact type: delays, alternate stops and route diversion
    Impacted routes:

    • Route 1A
    • Route 1B
    • Route 2
    • Route 3
    • Route 4

    Magnetic Island

    Date: 18 - 19 March 2018

    Local operator: Magnetic Island Bus Services

    Impact type: no bus impacts

    Impact type: available mid-February 2018

    Rockhampton

    Date: 23 March 2018

    Local operator: Capricorn Sunbus

    Impact type: delays, route diversions, closed stops and alternate bus stops

    Impacted routes:

    • Route 401
    • Route 402
    • Route 403
    • Route 404
    • Route 405
    • Route 406
    • Route 407
    • Route 408
    • Route 409
    • Route 410
    • Route 411

    Local operators: Young's Bus Service

    Impact type: delays, route diversion and closed stops

    Impacted routes:

    • Route 21
    • Route 22

    Somerset - Kilcoy/ Caboolture

    Date: 27 March 2018

    Local operators: GJ & LE Christensen

    Impact type: Route diversion, closed stop, alternate stop and delays

    Impacted route:

    • Route 895

    Sunshine Coast Hinterland

    Dates: 26 – 27 March 2018

    Local operators: Glasshouse Country Coaches

    Impact type: no bus impacts

    Townsville

    Dates: 18 and 19 March 2018

    Local operators: Sunbus

    Impact type: delays,bus stop closure and route diversion

    Impacted routes:

    • 200
    • 201
    • 207

    Impact type: service delays

    Impacted routes:

    • 202
    • 203
    • 204
    • 205
    • 215
    • 208
    • 209
    • 233

    Community celebrations

    Across the Gold Coast from 1 to 4 April there will be community celebrations as the Queen’s Baton travels through with a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

    For all the dates and times of QBR celebrations local to your area, visit the City of Gold Coast website. Join us in celebrating!

    View more GC2018 free events and celebrations.

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