THE Queen's Baton has arrived in Queensland today for Christmas Eve, marking 101 days to the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was fitting tomorrow, Christmas Day, would be 100 days to the biggest gift to Queensland - with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games the largest event in the state's history.
"It will be our opportunity - and the opportunity of thousands of elite athletes - to shine in front of the world,” she said.
The Premier said the Queen's Baton Relay was an opportunity for Australians to get involved and excited about the Games.
The Baton will travel more than 40,000km through every Australian state and territory - including Gympie and Noosa on March 26, and Caloundra on March 27 - with the Baton to be carried by about 3800 Australians.
"After arriving in Brisbane this morning, the Baton's first stop for the Queen's Baton Relay in Australia is the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
"After travelling through all other states and territories, the Queen's Baton will spend its final 33 days in Queensland.
"Arriving into the Torres Strait before making its way south, it will showcase to the world the many landscapes of our great state - from the tropical coastal areas to lush rainforests and our beautiful outback.
"More than 1800 baton bearers who were nominated by their community will carry the Queen's Baton throughout Queensland.
"The oldest is 100-year-old Mr Bill Bruce from Nebo and the youngest is Corbin Easton, from Caloundra, who is 10 years old.”
The Relay started on Commonwealth Day - Monday, March 13, this year - at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty's message was put inside the Baton.
The distinctive design of the GC2018 Queen's Baton captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast. In form and inspiration, the Baton is a symbol of our past, present and future.
The Queen's Baton arrives on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on April 4, where the Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty's message from the Baton and read it aloud to declare the Games open.
Batonbearers, community events and the streets the Queen's Baton will travel along are available at gc2018.com/qbr