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Wodonga's celebration details for the 2018 Queen's Baton Relay

Residents from Wodonga can begin planning their Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) experience with the street-level detail and community celebrations now available to explore at

The baton will begin the local journey on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Catholic College Wodonga and head along to Melrose Drive before going up Brockley St stopping at Wodonga Senior Secondary College before turning on to Beechworth Rd into High St and finishing Junction Square for a community celebration.

Wodonga residents are encouraged to line the streets to wave the baton on as it passes by. Local schools have been busy creating artwork to bring some celebratory colour to the streets during the relay.

After travelling an astonishing 288 days throughout the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Baton will arrive onto Australian soil in Brisbane on December 24, 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 January 24, 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 January 25, 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 3800 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 April 4, 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.

Find out when and where the Baton will be in Wodonga at

Batonbearers will be informed of their street-specific slotting location in December. Details will be updated at in the weeks prior to the Baton arriving into a celebration community.

Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie:

“This will be such an exciting day for our community as we play our part in the baton’s international journey.

“I encourage all our residents and businesses to get behind this historic occasion and save the date now for a morning of colour and celebration as we welcome the baton to Wodonga.”

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC:

“Rather than just pass through, the Relay has been designed to spend quality time in communities across Australia so that as many people as possible can be a part of the Baton’s journey and share in the excitement of GC2018.

“The Queen’s Baton Relay is a global journey that will soon reach Australia, reminding us all that GC2018, the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade, is just around the corner.”

List of batonbearers for Wodonga

Emma Aldrich
Kerryn Anderson
Glenda Bailey
Dawn Cardwell
Michael Carter
Graham Cassidy
Michelle Chalwell
Kim Franzke
Lauren-Jean Germany
Lauren Jackson
Shane Martin
Kymbal McGrath
Alannah McKeown
David Milne
Bruce Morrison
Bruce Quick
Val Shorinov
Sophie Weppner

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  • The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) continues to connect the Gold Coast with the entire Commonwealth.
  • Already the Baton has been passed between thousands of people across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe, 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 Baton engages with all Commonwealth nations and territories of Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania for 288 days before it arrives in Australia for a further 100 days.
  • The Baton arrives into Brisbane on Christmas Eve and approximately 3,800 batonbearers will carry it through every state and territory in Australia.
  • The Relay started on Commonwealth Day, Monday 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 boundless energy of the Gold Coast. In form and inspiration, the Baton is a symbol of our past, present and future.
  • The Queen’s Baton arrives on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where the Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.

QBR relay route

Last updated: 17-11-2017

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