The City of Ballarat is preparing to celebrate the arrival of the Queen's Baton, which is due to travel to the region on Tuesday 13 February 2018. The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive in Ballarat at approximately 12.20pmon Tuesday 13 February following a stop in Werribee and on-route to its next destination, Ararat. Ballarat residents will have the opportunity to see the Queen’s Baton as it makes it way from the Museum of Australian Democracy to View Point, Lake Wendouree where a community celebration will be held. It is expected the Queen’s Baton will arrive at View Point, Lake Wendouree at 2.15pm.
Download the QBR Map to see the key locations, times, and route.
The Baton’s arrival in Ballarat marks day 50 of the Australian-leg of the relay. Follow QBR in Ballarat on Facebook for live coverage on the day, and updates on the location of the Queen's Baton as it travels around Australia. Register your interest for the Ballarat Community Celebration at View Point, Lake Wendouree on the Event page.
The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) has been passed between thousands of people across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe and Asia, and Oceanic region, building excitement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
The GC2018 Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.
The QBR started on Commonwealth Day, 13 March 2017, at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty placed Her message inside of the Baton.
The distinctive design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton captures the past, present and future of the Gold Coast.
The QBR arrives 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 open.
Please note, there will be a number of road closures and parking clearances during the Queen’s Baton Relay as part of a Victoria Police directive.
The City of Ballarat worked closely with Victoria Police to ensure road closures and traffic disruptions are kept to a minimum during the Ballarat leg of the Relay on 13 February.
In addition to the below specified road closures, Victoria Police also require all parked vehicles along the east-bound side of Sturt and both sides of Doveton Street South to remain stationery once the Relay commences. Marshals will be in place to monitor vehicle movements to ensure the safety of spectators.
Please note – road closure times are indicative only and may be subject to slight changes on the day
Block one closures 12 – 1.10pm
Victoria Street (and Service Road)
Mair Street Please note, Victoria Street will open once the convoy has passed this point
Block two closures 12 – 1.10pm
Victoria Street (and Service Road)
Humffray Street South
Little Bridge Street
Lydiard Street South
Armstrong Street South
Doveton Street South
Dana Street Please note, this block will reopen once the convoy has arrived at Dana St Primary School
Block three 12.40 – 1.50pm
Dawson Street South
Lyons Street South
Raglan Street South
Errand Street South
Drummond Street South
Sturt Street Please note, this block will reopen once the convoy has turned into Sturt Street
Block four 1.10 – 2pm
Ascot Street South
Talbot Street South
Rippon Street South
Pleasant Street South and all adjoining laneways Please note, this area will reopenonce the convoy has crossed over Sturt Street into Pleasant Street
Block five 2 – 3.15pm
Mair Street roundabout (this section will reopen)
Block six 2 – 3.15pm
Mill Street Please note, this section will reopen when the convoy leaves for Ararat