Seventy countries. Three hundred and eighty eight Days. Two hundred and thirty thousand kilometres. From the gates of Buckingham Palace, to the Gold Coast’s golden beaches. The Queen’s baton is now on the final legs of its global tour.

Dominic Shumilin reports.


The Queen’s baton is finally on our doorstep, and the Commonwealth Games are about to begin.

Thousands of Gold Coast locals have flocked to the southern beaches for the epic final leg of the Baton Relay.

The baton, representing a modern and multicultural commonwealth, has passed between almost three-thousand baton bears on its journey.

Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm hopped out of the pool this morning and took to the streets to give the torch its first look over surfers in Currumbin.

Soon after it was a special moment for 26-year-old Sam Ford, who only a few years ago could not walk from a one punch attack.

Sam passed the baton to Professional surf lifesaver Karla Gilbert who basked in the local sun.

Neekah Kuhnast was tasked with finding a creative way across Tallebudgera Creek.

And it’s not just the baton runners taking part in the fun.

Tickets are still on sale for some of the events, so it’s not too late to throw on your shoes and join the run towards the games.

Dominic Shumilin, QUT News.