Sport fans celebrate QBR at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day
Sport-lovers from around the world have taken the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for its first major public appearance in Australia.
Before the start of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG Outfield fan zone, people young and old engaged with the Queen’s Baton, learning about where it had been and where it will travel to next.
For many, this was just an exciting taste of what is to come as the Queen’s Baton will return to their communities between January and April when it makes its way around Australia in the hands of approximately 3,800 batonbearers.
Selfies were the call of the day, as not only Victorians but also people from around Australia and the world, had a chance to hold the specially designed Queen’s Baton.
During the school holidays, the Queen’s Baton is engaging with thousands of Australians at popular summertime events, iconic locations and children’s hospitals around the country.
The next stop for the Queen’s Baton is the Taste of Tasmania on 28 December 2017.
On 25 January 2018, the Queen’s Baton Relay will shift gears to a traditional relay starting in Canberra.
The Queen’s Baton landed in Australia on Christmas Eve.