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​The Queen’s Baton Relay 2018 – The WA Edition!

The Queen’s Baton Relay 2018 – The WA Edition!

There is nothing we Aussies love more than getting behind our local sporting heroes and champions. You only have to look around at the sea of purple, white, blue and yellow at any AFL game. Or when the stadium lights up in Scorcher orange. We love any chance to show our colours. So it’s no surprise than when Queensland was named the home for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, we got excited!

The Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition associated with the Commonwealth Games since 1958 and holds a special place in the opening ceremony of the games. Holding a message written by the Queen herself, which will be read aloud at the opening ceremony, each baton is designed to reflect the home of that year’s games. The baton’s design is not only chosen to reflect this great nation of ours, but also our cultural values and is used to inspire one another to come together.

The Queen’s Baton Relay travels through all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth over 388 days!! Naturally, it makes an appearance here, in our fine state of WA. Travelling up through Albany, Manjimup and Bunbury before appearing in Rottnest and then Perth, the Baton Relay can be seen no matter where you are. So in honour of the Games and the tradition of bringing our people together, here is your Guide to seeing the Queen’s Baton Relay and all of the wonderful celebrations that come with it.

Burswood Community Celebration - Town of Vic Park
When: Saturday Feb 24th 2pm - 4.30pm
Where: Community Cinemas, Burswood Parklands
Join in on the community fun and witness sporting history with a plethora of free family activities here in Burswood. Making a special journey by water-ski along the Swan River, watch as the Queen’s Baton arrives at the Community Cinemas. With live shows, children’s entertainment, sporting activities, and a special performance by Billie Court, there’ll be something for everyone. So come on down and get your community spirit on!

Queen’s Baton Relay – South Perth
When: Saturday Feb 24th 2:20pm – 3:30pm
Where: South Perth Esplanade to the flagpole in Sir James Mitchell Park
Come on down and cheer on your local heroes as we welcome the Baton into South Perth. We’d love to see as many people as possible, lining the route and follow the baton all the way into the park. Once at Sir James Mitchell Park there will be activities for the kids and food vendors from 2.30pm onwards. Why not make a real evening of it and bring a picnic and a blanket and hang around for the fabulous FREE event South Perth Sounds! From 4pm – 8.30pm the Perth Symphony Orchestra and the WAAPA Gospel Choir join together again to bring you ‘Faith & Freedom: the music of George Michael’.…/default-c…/queens-baton-relay

Queen’s Baton Relay – Fremantle
When: Saturday Feb 24th 12:35pm – 1:45pm
Where: Bathers Beach, Fremantle
Watch as the Baton makes its grand entrance into Fremantle by sea! What a sight to see as it makes its way up Bathers Beach and then through the streets of iconic Fremantle. There, to give the baton a truly Freo welcome will be Mayor Brad Pettit on the boardwalk, where there will also be a traditional welcome to country and live music!

Queen’s Baton Relay at Rottnest Island
When: Saturday Feb 24th 10:40am – 11:30pm
Where: Event Hub, Henderson & Colebatch Ave’s, Rottnest Island
Making another grand and truly Australian entrance, help welcome the Queen’s Baton into Rottnest Island with a special swim team to usher it in during the Rottnest Channel Swim! You might even spot Olympic medal-winning swimmer Eamon Sullivan, who’s a Baton Relay Participant!

Queen’s Baton Relay & Community Celebration – Rockingham
When: Friday Feb 23rd 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Where: Churchill Park, Rockingham
The Baton bearers will have a scenic route up the foreshore through Shoalwater and into Rockingham this evening. Starting at 3:45pm at Mersey Park and ending at the Community Celebration at Churchill Park. With live performances, free activities and a sausage sizzle, you’ll definitely want to come on down and cheer the final runner into the park.

This is just a selection of some of the awesome community events going on in our City. For a full list of all the Towns and Suburbs the Relay will be making its trek through see:
If you do head along to any of these events, be sure to#perthhappenings and let us know what you’re up to!! We want to see that community spirit folks!

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