Albany is proudly hosting the first Western Australian stop of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay. 

On Thursday, February 22, 2018 the Queen’s Baton arrives in Albany and travels through the city, giving the community an opportunity to join the celebration of the Commonwealth’s diversity and excitement for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. 

We will celebrate our community pride by acknowledging our unsung community heroes and local sporting champions who will carry the Queen’s Baton and represent Albany as batonbearers. 

This is a high honour for Albany and the City is working with the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay organising committee to deliver a memorable experience for the community.

The City of Albany is hosting a Welcome Ceremony at the National Anzac Centre and a Community Celebration in Town Square to commemorate the significance of this once-in-a-life time opportunity. These events will give the community a chance to experience the excitement of the Queen’s Baton first-hand and take part in celebrating our community. 

To facilitate the journey of the Queen’s Baton Relay, traffic management will be in place and roads within the CBD will be temporarily closed. Some disruption will occur. Measures will be in place to manage traffic and limit disruptions.

When: 7.10am - 8.30am

Where: National Anzac Centre, Parade Ground and Convoy Walk

About: The event at the National Anzac Centre represents the official welcome of the Queen's Baton to Western Australia. The program will include a Mayoral address, a Welcome to Country, and a performance by the Great Southern Grammar Pipe Band. The program will conclude with batonbearer, WA RSL Chairman Peter Aspinall, carrying the baton through a guard of honour to the top of the Convoy Walk.

When: 10.15am - 11am

Where: Albany Town Square

About: The Community Celebration is an opportunity for the broader community to see the Baton and Batonbearers up close. More than 20 schools from around the region will be arriving in Town Square to enjoy a program of activity and performance. This celebration is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) is a Commonwealth Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

The QBR began its 388-day journey on 13 March 2017 at Buckingham Palace. The Queen’s Baton will travel through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth before arriving on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on April 4, 2018 to officially open the Games.

As the baton passes between people, the Baton embraces the modern and multicultural Commonwealth of today, engaging with young and old, increasing our sense of connection and our understanding of each other.

The 2018 Gold Coast Queen’s Baton Relay will be the longest and the most accessible ever, not just passing through, but spending quality time in each community it visits.

The Queen's Baton Relay started its journey in Australia on December 25, 2017 and the Baton will be celebrated in communities across the country for 100 days. The Queen’s Baton arrives in Western Australia on February 22, 2018 and Albany is proud to host the first Western Australian leg of the relay.

What is a Batonbearer? Who are the selected Batonbearers?
Batonbearers are everyday people who inspire others to be great. Nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community, a batonbearer has the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton and representing their family, friends and community with pride. The names of the chosen batonbearers are available at

There will be some traffic disruption on this day. However, measures have been taken to reduce impact on the community and local businesses, whilst still ensuring that the relay is accessible and engaging for all. Detours will be in place throughout to assist you in reaching your destination.

A rolling road closure will be in place to facilitate the journey of the Queen’s Baton Relay. This means that, as the procession moves through the streets of Albany, the road closure will move with it. This will minimise disruptions as each section of road will be reopened once the procession has passed. Once the roads reopen, normal traffic flow will resume.

York Street, between Grey Street and Serpentine Road, will be closed from 6am until 1.30pm. 

Most sections of the route will be closed for a maximum period of three hours. Please note that whilst great effort has been put into minimising road closure times, these times are indicative only and may be subject to change.

Please plan your movements and mode of transport well in advance. It may be preferable to walk, car pool or cycle.

Please Note – If you live on Martin Road, Hardie Road, Angove Road or Campbell Road, your property has a domestic bin service and your house is located along the Queen’s Baton Relay route, then your bin will not be collected on your normal bin day on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Instead, your bin will be collected the following day on Friday, February 23, 2018. Please, do not present your bin on Thursday, February 22. Please place your bin on the morning of Friday, February 23, before 6am. If you have any queries regarding the bin service, please contact Murray Swarbrick on 6820 3917.

Queen's Baton Relay - Route Map (9MB) View File  OR   Download FileDetailed map outlining the route for the 2018 Queen's Baton Relay in Albany, Western Australia.
Queen's Baton Relay - Baton Bearer Map (2MB) View File  OR   Download FileMap detailing the route and baton bearers for the 2018 Queen's Baton Relay.

I am a business operating on the event route – will I be able to operate?
Yes. Each section of the road will only be closed for a short period of time. However, it is recommended that you consider what time you will be affected by the road closure and plan accordingly.

Businesses are encouraged to reschedule deliveries to outside of the affected period, or be aware that delays may occur.

Staff schedules may need to be adjusted, as the road closures may delay staff arrival or departure.

Disruption to parking may occur in some CBD areas. However, additional parking will be opened and made available.

A significant number of people are expected to attend the Queen’s Baton Relay, bringing people into the area, who would not otherwise be there. Please exercise caution. 

In an Emergency, will Emergency Services be able to gain access to the residences and / or businesses within the road closure?
Yes. If Emergency Services require access to a site within the road closure, priority assistance will be provided. They will be granted access and all measures will be taken to ensure they can do their job without interruption.

Where can I watch the Queen’s Baton journey from?
The Community is encouraged to attend the events at either the Town Square or National Anzac Centre.

Are buses/coaches/taxis allowed in the event area?
The City will make provision for taxis and coaches to get as close as possible to the National Anzac Centre and Town Square events. Details will be provided closer to the time.

Is there bicycle parking at the event?
Yes. Cycling to the event is encouraged. Space will be available for bicycle parking.

You can contact the Events Team on 6820 3033 or via 

Other resources include:

Community Event Facebook Pages: 

  • Welcome Ceremony at the National Anzac Centre Event Page
  • Community Celebration at Albany Town Square Event Page