Celebrate arrival of Queen’s Baton in Cairns

Published: 08 Mar 2018

Rugby league star Justin Hodges will carry the Queen’s Baton Relay into Munro Martin Parklands in one of the highlights of the international relay’s journey through the Cairns region next week.

With just seven days to go until the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Cairns, preparations are ramping up for three Community Celebrations to mark the historic event.

The Baton arrives in Cairns on Thursday 15 March and will play “tourist” with a trip on Skyrail, the Kuranda Scenic Railway and a visit to the Great Barrier Reef.

On Friday 16 March and Saturday 17 March, the Baton will hit the streets, passing through 131 sets of hands as it makes its way from Palm Cove to Cairns, Edge Hill, Manunda and on to Edmonton.

Mayor Bob Manning encouraged residents to support local baton bearers and said the best vantage points would be one of three community celebrations planned in Palm Cove, Cairns and Edmonton.

“Each of these celebrations is a chance to see the Queen’s Baton up close and to be part of its international journey,” Cr Manning said.

Next Friday, the Baton will arrive at Palm Cove to a guard of honour by lifeguards, as the community is treated to a free beachside breakfast.

The Baton will then be carried by baton bearers from Kewarra Beach to Trinity Beach, before being transported into Cairns.

The Baton will leave Cairns State High School at 11.45am for a loop of the city, taking in the Esplanade, Cairns Botanic Gardens, through Manunda and back to the City via Gatton and Severin Streets.

The relay route weaves through the CBD from about 3.30pm to 5.30pm, making its way to the next Community Celebration site at Munro Martin Parklands.

“There will be plenty of excitement as the Baton arrives in the hands of rugby league legend Justin Hodges,” Cr Manning said. “Once again there will be an opportunity to get to see the Baton up close and there will be free entertainment, food and activities from 4pm to 6pm.”

On the Baton’s final day in the region, Saturday 17 March, the convoy will travel from Mount Sheridan to Walker Road, Edmonton, for a Sports Spectacular.

“It seems fitting to showcase our local sporting community as we prepare to farewell the Baton from our region,” Cr Manning said.

The day will feature athletics, football, softball and cricket on display, a free sausage sizzle and live DJ.

Cr Manning reminded residents to plan their travel across the two on-street sections of the Queen’s Baton Relay, with road closures and changed traffic conditions to ensure the safety of the baton bearers.

“There will be some disruptions to traffic, especially while the Baton is moving through the city,” Cr Manning said. “But with a little planning, this can be an exciting event for our city.

“The detailed maps, including timings of each leg, are now available online so you can make plans to either join in the celebrations and cheer on the baton bearers or to avoid roads that will be affected.

“Excitement about the Commonwealth Games is building rapidly,” Cr Manning said. “In just over two weeks we will host the best basketball nations in the Commonwealth, including the Australian Boomers men’s team.”

More information on the Queen’s Baton Relay route, including detailed maps, are available on Council’s website.

Queen’s Baton Relay Community Celebrations


Palm Cove 6.30am - 8.30am

  • Free breakfast from 6.30am
  • Free entertainment
  • Surf Lifesaving Guard of Honour
  • Baton arrives at approximately 8am

Munro Martin Parklands 4pm - 6pm

  • Free entertainment
  • Food and coffee vans onsite
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Face painter
  • Roving artists
  • Rugby league legend Justin Hodges will bring the baton into Munro Martin  Parklands at approx 5.30pm


Walker Road 9am - 12noon

Sporting Spectacular

  • Baton arrives at approx. 11am
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Football carnival, softball and cricket games to watch, athletics come and try.
  • Entertainment - DJ
  • Free face painting
  • Free sausage sizzle

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Last updated: 13 March 2018