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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.
DO NOT USE - OBSOLETE
USING THE INTERACTIVE MAP

Use the right, left, top and bottom arrows bordering the interactive map to move around, click on any of the international zones which are highlighted with a box to zoom in. Click on "reset" at the bottom left of the map to display the world map in full.

To navigate around the map using the keyboard, use the following controls:
  • Pan to left, right, up and down with the arrow keys
  • Zoom in and out with the plus "+" and minus "-" keys
  • Tab steps you through the route from where the baton is today
You can jump to the Queens Baton Relay international zones by using the numeric keyboard as follows:
  • 1= Europe
  • 2 = Africa
  • 3 = North Americas
  • 4 = Caribbean
  • 5 = South Americas
  • 6 = Asia
  • 7 = Oceania
  • 0 = World view
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BROWSER TYPES AND CHANGING THE SETTINGS

The following sections include information on how to determine if your browser is Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, or Mozilla Firefox. For each of these browsers there are step by step instructions to help you to:
  • change the colours of the text or background,
  • change the font type,
  • enable and/or disable javascript.
To determine what browser you are using, look at the very top of the screen:
  • If you are using Internet Explorer the text will be “M2006 > Queen's Baton Relay > Microsoft Internet Explorer”
  • If you are using Netscape the text will be “M2006 > Queen's Baton Relay > Netscape”
  • If you are using Opera the text will read “M2006 > Queen's Baton Relay > Opera”
  • If you are using Mozilla Firefox the text will be “M2006 > Queen's Baton Relay > Mozilla Firefox”
If you would like to change the colours of the text or background, the font type or enable and/or disable javascript, follow the instructions below for your browser type.

Note: Advanced users can create a style sheet to apply their preferences for colour and layout to the web pages in the browser.

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INTERNET EXPLORER

Changing the text and background colours in Internet Explorer 5 and 6

1. Select ‘Internet Options’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.
2. Select the ‘General’ tab.
3. Click the ‘Colours’ button.
4. You can select the ‘Use Windows Colours’ option to use the colours that you have defined in the Windows Control Panel. If you deselect this option, you can select your own colours for the text and the background.

Note: If you change the colours significantly, such as to light coloured text on a dark background, you will also need to change the colours of the links, otherwise they may become invisible.

5. Click OK to close the colours dialogue box.
6. Click the ‘Accessibility’ button.
7. Select the relevant ‘Ignore’ options to force your preferences over the web page settings.
8. Click the OK button to close the ‘Accessibility’ dialogue box.
9. Click OK to close the ‘Internet Options’ dialogue box.

Setting the fonts in Internet Explorer 5 and 6

1. Select ‘Internet Options’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.
2. Click the ‘Fonts’ button.
3. Select the ‘Web page font’ and the ‘Plain text font’ as required.
4. Click the OK button to close the Fonts dialogue box.
5. Click the ‘Accessibility’ button.
6. Select the relevant ‘Ignore’ options to force your preferences over the web page settings.
7. Click the OK button to close the ‘Accessibility’ dialogue box.
8. Click the OK button to close the ‘Internet Options’ dialogue box.

Note: You can temporarily change the font size in the current browser session by selecting ‘Fonts’ from the ‘View’ menu. Select the size, from Largest to Smallest from the submenu.

Enable or disable javascript in Internet Explorer 5 and 6

1. Select ‘Internet Options’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.
2. Select the ‘Security’ tab.
3. Click the ‘Custom level’ button.
4. Scroll to the ‘Scripting’ section and select the relevant ‘Enable’ or ‘Disable’ radio buttons.
5. Click the OK button to close the dialog box.
6. A popup will ask whether you want to change the security settings. Click Yes.
7. Click the Apply button and click OK.

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NETSCAPE

Changing the text and background colours in Netscape 6 and 7

1. Select ‘Preferences’ from the ‘Edit’ menu.
2. Select the ‘Colours’ option in the ‘Appearance’ section on the left-hand side.
3. Select the ‘Use system colours’ option to use the colours that you have defined in the Windows Control Panel. If you turn off this option, you can select your own colours for the text and the background.
4. To change the colour of an item, click the coloured buttons to display the ‘Colour’ dialog box.

Note: If you have changed the colour scheme significantly, such as light text on a dark background, you will also need to change the colours of the links, otherwise they may become invisible.

5. Click the box ‘Use my chosen colours’, ignoring colours specified.
6. Click OK to close the ‘Preferences’ dialogue box.

Setting the fonts in Netscape 6 and 7

1. Select ‘Preferences’ from the ‘Edit’ menu.
2. Select the ‘Fonts’ option in the ‘Appearance’ field on the left-hand side.
3. Select the type of font as required.
4. Change the size of the font as required.
5. Deselect the 'Allow documents to use other fonts' option.
6. Click the OK button to close the dialogue box.

Note: In addition setting the font size preferences, you can temporarily increase or decrease the font size in the current session by pressing 'CTRL -' to decrease the font size, or 'CTRL +' to increase the font size. This feature enables you to zoom in or out to make it easier to read the page.

Enable or disable javascript in Netscape 6 and 7

1. Select ‘Preferences’ from the ‘Edit’ menu.
2. Select the ‘Advanced’ option on the left-hand side.
3. Select or deselect the ‘Enable java’ and/or the ‘Enable javascript for Navigator’ checkboxes.
4. Click the OK button to close the dialog box.

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OPERA

Changing the text and background colours in Opera 6 and 7

1. Select ‘Preferences’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.
2. Select the ‘Fonts’ field on the left-hand side.
3. Click the ‘Choose’ button
4. Click the ‘Colour’ section and select your preferred text colour.
5. Click the OK button to close the dialog box.
6. Select the ‘Page style’ option in the ‘Fonts’ field on the left-hand side.
7. Click the ‘Background Colour’ section and select your preferred background colour.
8. Click OK to close the ‘Preferences’ dialogue box.

Note: If you have changed the colour scheme significantly, such as light text on a dark background, you will also need to change the colours of the links, otherwise they may become invisible.

Setting the fonts in Opera 6 and 7

1. Select ‘Preferences’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.
2. Select the ‘Fonts’ field on the left-hand side.
3. Click the ‘Choose’ button
4. Click your preferred font and your preferred size.
5. Click the OK button to close the dialog box.

Alternately, you can select ‘Zoom’ from the ‘View’ menu and select your preferred percentage size.

Enable or disable javascript in Opera 6 and 7

1. Select ‘Preferences’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.
2. Select the ‘Multimedia’ option in the ‘Fonts’ field on the left-hand side.
3. Select or deselect the ‘Enable java’ and/or the ‘Enable javascript’ checkboxes.
4. Click the OK button to close the dialog box

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MOZILLA FIREFOX

Changing the text, background colours and fonts in Mozilla Firefox 1

1. Select ‘Options’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.
2. Select the ‘General’ tab on the left-hand side.
3. Click the ‘Fonts’ and ‘Colours’ button.
4. You can select the ‘Use System colours’ option to use the colours that you have defined in the Windows Control Panel. If you turn off this option, you can select your own colours for the text and the background.
5. Click the ‘Colour’ section and select your preferred text colour.

Note: If you have changed the colour scheme significantly, such as light text on a dark background, you will also need to change the colours of the links, otherwise they may become invisible.

6. Click your preferred font and your preferred size.
7. Select the ‘Always use my fonts’ and ‘Always use my colours’.
8. Click OK to close the ‘Options’ dialogue box.

Enable or disable javascript in Mozilla Firefox 1

1. Select ‘Options’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.
2. Select the ‘Web Features’ tab on the left-hand side.
3. Select or deselect the ‘Enable java’ and/or the ‘Enable javascript’ checkboxes.
4. Click OK to close the ‘Options’ dialogue box.

Back to top or go to the Queen's Baton Relay map page.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.