Ararat hosts Queen's Baton Relay

Ararat Rural City Council is proud to be hosting a leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay on Tuesday, February 13 in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Ararat Rural City Council staff have been liaising with Commonwealth Games officials, VicRoads and Victoria Police for several months as the finishing touches are put into place.

A route has been confirmed, with the Queen’s Baton to commence from Ararat College at approximately 4.50pm. To view the map in more detail, click here.

Local Batonbearers, including former Olympic cyclist Shane Kelly, will carry the Queen’s Baton along Barkly Street, left into Albert Street and back along High Street before entering Alexandra Gardens and finally concluding at Alexandra Oval Community Centre.

The relay is expected to take approximately 40 minutes. A number of road closures will be in place throughout the afternoon (see below). Businesses that will be affected will be contacted directly.

Celebrate Ararat hosting the Queen's Baton Relay with a community event including come and try Commonwealth Games sports sessions, a free barbecue, and a Q&A with our own sporting legend and Games cyclist Shane Kelly. The community and school children are invited to form a corridor for Shane to run through as he crosses the oval with the baton to the podium at the conclusion of the relay, around 5.30pm.

Information for traders and businesses along the route

While the relay starts at 4.50pm and runs until approximately 5.30pm, it is important to note that street ­closures and parking restrictions will impact the town from earlier in the day.

Please note, these road closures and parking clearances are a Victoria Police state-wide directive for all the legs of the Queen’s Baton Relay. Ararat Rural City Council has worked closely with the authorities to ensure road closures and traffic disruptions are kept to a minimum on the day.

Along with the road closures, Victoria Police require all parked vehicles along the north side of Barkly Street (Post Office side) and the south side of High Street (RSL side) to be removed before the relay begins. Signs and bollards will be in place earlier on the day with vehicles to be cleared by drivers from these areas by 2pm. Any vehicles left parked in parking bays when the roads are officially closed, will not be permitted to leave until the relay concludes.

QBR road closure timings – Tuesday 13th February 2018

Early morning:  Signs placed along north side of Barkly Street and the south side of High Street alerting drivers to clear parking bays by 2pm.
2pm: North lane of Barkly Street (between Ingor Street and Vincent Street) closed to all traffic. The south traffic lane will remain open until 4pm.
4pm: Full road closure of Barkly Street takes place between George Road and Albert Street.
4.50pm: Relay begins at Ararat College travelling at approximately 5km/h. The relay convoy contains 19 vehicles, riders and runners, and is approximately 70m long.
5pm onwards: Roads begin to re-open behind the relay convoy as it passes by.
Approx. 5.10pm: Full closure of High Street between Albert and Vincent Street takes place, re-opening behind the relay convoy as it passes.
5.30pm: Relay arrives at Alexandra Oval for the community celebration including a free barbecue and “come and try” sports sessions. The last of the roads, including the intersection of Vincent Street and the Pyrenees Highway, are re-opened.
6.30pm: Community celebration at Alexandra Oval ends.


Frequently Asked Questions
What roads will be closed for the Queen’s Baton Relay and at what time?
  • Road closure signage will start to be erected from morning through to midday on Tuesday, February 13
  • Traffic restrictions along Barkly Street will commence at 2pm, with the eastern bound lane (Post Office side of road) closed to all moving vehicles. Anyone parked in Barkly Street will still be able to move their vehicles up until 4pm. After this time strict road closures will be in place and vehicles still in Barkly Street must remain as is until the Baton convoy has passed by.
  • It is recommended to avoid parking in Barkly Street for the day or if you must park in the street, to clear parking bays by 2pm.
Can my business operate while the Queen’s Baton is here?
  • Yes, it’s business as usual in Ararat. Please be aware that afternoon deliveries will be affected by the QBR road closure restrictions, so business owners are advised if possible to organise deliveries for the morning or the day prior.
I am a resident, can I still drive my car to enter and exit my home?
  • There is no restriction for pedestrians; however vehicle access within the road closure zones will be restricted throughout the afternoon, best to avoid parking in these areas where possible.
What schools are affected by the road closures?
  • While Ararat College and Marian College are located along the QRB route, school pick up will not be affected as the relay will not commence until 4.50pm.
Where can I park my car to access Barkly Street CBD businesses?
  • There will be pedestrian access to all Barkly Street businesses. The best parking spaces to access Barkly Street will be Target Car Park, High Street (between Ingor St and Western Highway), Woolworths Car Park, Queen Street (between Barkly Street and Moore Street).
Where can I watch the Baton relay?
  • Anywhere along the designated route. Community members are encouraged to help form a corridor for Shane Kelly as he crosses Alexandra Oval to place the baton on its podium.
Can I still access the Ararat Medical Centre during the Queen’s Baton Relay?
  • Yes, parking will still be available at the front of the Ararat Medical Centre, as per normal.
Can I still access the Ararat Train Station for V/Line travel during the Queen’s Baton Relay?
  • Vehicle access will still be available to and from the Ararat Train Station up until approximately 5pm. No vehicles will then be permitted to enter or leave the Train Station until the baton convoy has passed at approximately 5.30pm.

Ararat leg baton bearers

• Justin Amor, Horsham
• Quentin Baudinette, Coleraine
• Amechai Bawden, Mount Gambier
• Dean Berry, Mount Gambier
• Karen Brennan, Ararat
• Sophie Brown, Melbourne
• David Cole, Mount Gambier
• Chloe Dunmore, Ararat
• Joel Freeland, Stawell
• Alexander Guenther, Kalangadoo
• Tim Kearney, Ballarat
• Madison King, Middle Park
• Andrew Lindsey, Portland
• Keith Lofthouse, Stawell
• Jamie McInerney, Suttontown
• Clive Watts, Yambuk
• Shane Kelly, Ararat
For more information on this event please contact Ararat Rural City Council’s Events and Marketing Officer, Leah Heinrich on 5355 0272 or email