Queen's Baton Relay

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Cairns from March 15-17 2018, as the Queen's Baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018.

Residents from Cairns can begin planning their Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) experience with the street-level detail and community celebrations now available to explore. The baton will travel to some of the region's tourism hot spots on Thursday 15 March, before hitting the streets of the northern beaches and Cairns City on Friday 16 March, and then Edmonton on Saturday 17 March.

The route for the QBR was chosen by the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation. From the beaches of Palm Cove through to the new community facilities, the relay will feature many of our region's iconic backdrops - including the Cairns Esplanade, Cairns Botanic Gardens and Munro Martin Parklands.  It will travel on 31km of Cairns roads, passing through 23 roundabouts from Kewarra Beach to Edmonton over the two days. Roads will remain open throughout the relay but there will be temporary (rolling) road and lane closures, changed traffic conditions and parking restrictions as the relay travels along the route.  The route will be supervised by Queensland Police.

Find out who will be carrying the baton past your home or business at gc2018.com/qbr. For a closer view of where the baton will travel through Cairns, click the appropriate map in the available downloads section below.

Traffic impacts - Friday 16 March 2018

There will be rolling road closures as the relay moves along the Northern Beaches route ( PDF, 0.29 MB ) on Friday morning. Motorists heading to and from work or dropping children to school may be affected.  Check the route maps below and make alternative arrangements where possible.

Between 11:45am and 1:40pm (approx), the QBR will travel from Cairns North to Manunda (Cairns West State School) via Edge Hill. Refer to the QBR city to Cairns West route map ( PDF, 0.57 MB ) and consider alternative routes where possible.

Significant traffic delays are also expected in the afternoon when the relay convoy travels through the Cairns city centre (approx. 2:30pm to 5:30pm). In particular, the southern part of McLeod and Sheridan streets, and parts of Shields Street, will be affected from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.  View the QBR city route map ( PDF, 0.81 MB ) for more details.

See timings of key road and intersection closures

Tips to reduce disruption to your business

Consider the following suggestions for your business, customers and staff for Friday 16 March 2018:

  • Tell your staff and customers about the QBR event and how it may affect them
  • Adjust opening hours to encourage travel outside of peak times
  • Reduce travel during 2.30pm and 5.30pm on Friday 16 March
  • Re-time travel outside of peak hours (Send staff home early – prior to 3pm)
  • Enable staff to work from other offices, locations or home
  • Use alternative methods of meeting e.g. conference calls, web or video calls
  • Book appointments for customers that do not clash with the times of the relay
  • Change times of service deliveries if possible to avoid potential congestion and changed traffic access
  • Re-route travel to avoid congested roads
  • Re-mode travel – public transport may be quicker than taking the car.
Last updated: 14 March 2018