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Queen's Baton Relay
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Daily Highlights - Day 50, Melbourne to Melbourne Cricket Ground

15 March 2006


The baton commences this day's journey at 7.22am in Melbourne and travels east to East Melbourne then north through Fitzroy and Carlton, north west through Travancore, Ascot Vale, Moonee Ponds and west to Ascot Vale West and Maribyrnong. The baton then travels south to Maidstone, west to Braybrook, north west to Sunshine and Sunshine North, west to St Albans, south to Cairnlea and Altona, and then east to Williamstown North and Williamstown. The baton will then board a boat and travel from Williamstown to Docklands and be carried to Waterfront City. Following a ceremony at Waterfront City the baton will board another vessel and travel up the Yarra River to the MCG and the Opening Ceremony of the XVIII Commonwealth Games.

Regional Information

Melbourne is a city with a distinct character; a city that loves its food, wine, arts and sport. It has a personality all of its own. Explore the newly renovated NGV International at 180 St Kilda Road. Be amazed by one of the most impressive collections in the Southern Hemisphere – a remarkable collection of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art. This gallery is known for presenting touring exhibitions by the world’s greats – the Impressionists, Caravaggio, Andy Warhol and the Dutch Masters. Drop in for a tour of the Arts Centre, home to Australia’s premier performing arts companies, before turning along Southbank Promenade.

Watch the Crown Entertainment Complex rise into view, filled with world-class shopping and entertainment options. Turn around, unpack the camera and marvel at the wonderful views back across the river to the city.

The undisputed fashion capital of Australia, Melbourne stands for style and sophistication. Shop in leafy Collins Street for high-end designer jewellery, fashion and luxury goods, or discover hidden treasures in Little Collins Street, which is brimming with cool men’s and women’s fashion from both local and international designers. Melbourne’s historic GPO has also been transformed into a $95 million luxury retail precinct, with more than 60 retailers guaranteed to tempt.

Take a ride on one of the historic burgundy and gold City Circle trams that provide a free and convenient way to move around the city, passing must-see sights and attractions including Docklands and the NewQuay dining and entertainment precinct. Ride the entire route around the inner city or make stops to see attractions such as Old Melbourne Gaol, where Victoria’s infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly, was hanged; the AFL Hall of Fame and Sensation at QV in Swanston Street, or the Champions Australian Racing Museum and Hall of Fame at Federation Square.

Additional Highlights

East Melbourne
[7.49] The runner will pose with the baton outside Parliament House. Melbourne's Parliament House is the largest 19th-century public building in Australia and has been the seat of the Parliament in Victoria since 1855.
[8.06] Here the baton will be carried down the Fountain path near the Exhibition Building in the Carlton Gardens. Both the gardens and the Exhibition Building, built in 1880, are on the World Heritage list.
[1.00] The baton will pass by the Logan Reserve where a huge Caribbean Market Day will be in progress to welcome the baton. A huge turnout is expected.


Start Time: 07:22
End Time: 17:55
Distance: 66.35km
Duration: 10:32:27

Start Location

Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

Evening Ceremony

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

Alternative Modes of Transport

  • 14.30 - 15.30 Enterprize, a tall ship, will transport the Baton from Williamstown to the Docklands
  • 17.15 - 17.45 The Royal Barge will transport the Baton from Waterfront City to the Melbourne 2006 Headquarters

Runner Highlights

Mr Tim Costello, Leg 6
Voted one of Australia's 100 national Living Treasures, Tim's vocation is to be an advocate in his role as a lawyer, pastor and human rights campaigner. Ordained a Baptist Minister in 1987 he rebuilt the congregation at the St Kilda Baptist Church, opened a drop-in centre and worked in a legal practice for those who the law is normally inaccessible. He was appointed Chief Executive of World Vision Australia in 2003.
Home town: Elsternwick
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Melbourne at 07:48, Tim will carry the baton along Bourke St from Liverpool St and finish at Albert St on Nicholson St.

Ms Jessica Rowe, Leg 8
Newly appointed presenter of the Channel 9 Today show, Jessica is a former Channel 10 newsreader who is married to Channel 9 60 Minutes reporter Peter Overton.
Home town: Willoughby
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Carlton at 08:04, Jessica will carry the baton along Nicholson St from Royal Exhibition Building Access Rd and finish at Gardens Path on Gardens Path.

Mr Jason McCartney, Leg 12
Jason McCartney became a national hero in the wake of the Bali Bombings and epitomises the Australian fighting spirit. His story is one of humanity overcoming adversity. He was thrust into the hearts and minds of all Australians through his courageous fight-back from horrible burns he suffered in Bali. Few will forget his triumphant return to AFL football on the evening of June 6, 2003. He helped in scoring the winning goal, but his ultimate glory was a victory over terrorism and a "win" for all those who survived Bali. He played 182 senior games with The Kangaroos, Collingwood and Adelaide football clubs.
Home town: Brighton East
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Carlton at 08:17, Jason will carry the baton along Faraday St from Lygon St and finish at Pelham St on Lygon St.

Mr John Molloy, Leg 16
John Molloy is the last remaining member of the Australian cycling team who competed at the British Empire Games in 1938. He is a life member of the Footscray Lions Club and has received the Maribyrnong Council Community Service award. At 91 years old, he is fighting fit and ready to carry the Baton on its final day of the relay.
Home town: Ascot Vale
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Ascot Vale at 08:37, John will carry the baton along Mt Alexandra Rd from South St and finish at Moonee St.

Mr Jim Stynes, Leg 80
Retired Melbourne footballer and former Brownlow medallist, Jim was the towering Melbourne ruckman who developed his skills through playing Gaelic football in Ireland. He was a member of the all Australian team in 1987 and 1998. He is also the co-founder and facilitator for "Reach Youth" a non-profit organisation which aims to inspire youth.
Home town: St Kilda
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Altona at 13:12, Jim will carry the baton along Pier St from Altona Dry Cleaners and finish at Blyth St.

Miss Deborah De Williams, Leg 83
On October 16 2004, Deborah De Williams became the first person to walk around Australia, competing 16,864km in one year to the day. She beat the previous world record set for the time taken to complete the walk, and smashed five world records overall. The first woman to walk around Australia, the longest walk in the shortest time, 16,669km in 343 days, the fastest walk over distance, the longest walk by a woman and longest walk by anyone. This journey was a fundraiser for the Kids Helpline.
Home town: Altona
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Altona at 13:22, Deborah will carry the baton along Esplanade from House # 91 (Esplanade) and finish at Blyth St on Millers Rd.

Mr Daryl Somers, Leg 91
Co-host of the hit television series Dancing With The Stars, Daryl rocketed to fame as host of the iconic television show “Hey, Hey It's Saturday.” He is also a Gold Logie winner and a keen member of the Geelong Football Club.
Home town: Hawthorn
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Williamstown at 13:56, Daryl will carry the baton along Nelson Pl from Pasco St and finish at The Enterprize on GEM Pier.

Mr Anthony Callea, Leg 95
The 2004 runner-up of Australia Idol, Anthony has become one of Australia’s best loved entertainers. His debut single, the extraordinary version of Andrea Bocelli’s “The Prayer”, not only held the No. 1 position for five consecutive weeks, it has become the fastest selling Australian single of all time and the highest selling Australian single ever!
Home town: Prahran
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Docklands at 16:03, Anthony will carry the baton along Esplanade Walk from Central Pier and finish at Fish Bar on New Quay Promenade.

Mr Grant Hackett, Leg 96
Grant confirmed his place as one of history's greatest athletes with a "Swimmer of the Meet" performance at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal. Hackett, became the first person to win the 400m, 800m and 1500m at the same world championship, the first to win four consecutive world titles (1500m) and the greatest medal winner in world championships history with 17. In 2004 in Athens, at his second Olympics, Grant displayed all the courage and commitment for which he has become known, overcoming illness to defend his Olympic 1500m crown. In 2002 he won three gold and two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester taking victories in the 1500m freestyle, the 4x200m relay team and for the first time as a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay team. At the 2000 Olympics he won the 1500m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay. He remains unbeaten over the 1500m freestyle since 1997.
Home town: Clear Island Waters
Where carrying the Baton: Starting in Docklands at 16:06, Grant will carry the baton along New Quay Promenade from Fish Bar and finish at Stage on Waterfront City.

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