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Queen's Baton Relay
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Queen's Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay’s 180,000 km journey around the Commonwealth has culminated in a magnificent finale at the Opening Ceremony. After journeying down the Yarra River in the hands of the 16 Australian Football League captains, the baton was handed to football legend Ron Barassi, then Olympic great Herb Elliott before entering the joyous stadium.

The baton travelled around the stadium in the hands of athletic champions Catherine Freeman, Ron Clarke and Marjorie Jackson-Nelson. The baton was presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor of Victoria, and former Olympian, John Landy. An image to live on in the memories of us all for years to come.

Relay highlights

Ron Barassi and Herb Elliot with the batonThe Queen’s Baton has completed its 180,000 km journey around the world and returned to Melbourne! Enjoy photos from Day 50 and the Opening Ceremony.The relay even had a marriage proposal! Enjoy Video Highlights packages taken each day of the relay (located in the Audio Visual Library). There was even a marriage proposal.
Australian sector daily route mapThe Australian Runners Schedule lists the runners who carried the around Australia. The Australian Route shows where the relay visited.A koala gets up close with the batonVisit the Australian Photo Gallery or look back on the International Photo Gallery to see the amazing places the baton has visited.
Troy Corser rides around Phillip Island with the baton Celebrity runners, evening ceremonies and more can be found in the Media Centre's Daily Highlights.A Tasmanian Devil poses with the batonUpdated as the baton travelled throughout Australia, find relay screensavers and wallpapers to decorate your computer!

Interactive route map

View the interactive Queen's Baton Relay route map to see where the relay travelled around the world, or read instructions on how to use the interactive map.
The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay is complete. The world’s longest, most inclusive relay travelled more than 180,000 kilometres and visited all 71 nations of the Commonwealth in one year and a day. The map above indicates the Queen's Baton Relay route around the world and within Australia.

Marina Primary School, Banjul line the streets to watch the baton pass by.Learn about all 71 nations of the Commonwealth that were visited by the baton and competed in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.Inside, this baton contains a wealth of cutting edge technologies, it's 'The smart baton'.Learn about one of the great traditions of the Commonwealth Games, the Queen's Baton, then find out more about Melbourne's unique baton.

Relive the journey all the way to the opening ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.