The Shoalhaven is excited to be chosen by the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, to host in Nowra the Queen’s Baton Relay on Monday, 5 February 2018 from 2pm – 8pm. The relay is an historic and exciting opportunity to host a stand out celebration that showcases our area and its diverse community to the world.
Shoalhaven City Council in partnership with many local sponsors has organised a fabulous afternoon of fun to welcome the Baton. We will be one of the only communities that will have the baton in the air, over water and on land.
From 2pm – 4pm, Nowra Aquatic Park which will be hosting a Pool Party with free entry and waterslides. A great afternoon out for young and old and the perfect place to see the Queen’s Baton Entry into the Shoalhaven.
The Baton will make a spectacular arrival on the banks of the Shoalhaven River by Navy helicopter landing on Greys Beach at 4:30pm. From there it will take a trip across the river on a Navy RHIB to the Nowra Aquatic Park.
The Baton together with our 18 baton bearers will walk up Scenic Drive past the hospital, showgrounds, down Junction Street, and make a round trip through the city centre and onto the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre at 5:30pm, where a community fun afternoon will take place.
The lawns of the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre will be transformed into an open–air carnival of music, food and entertainment from 4pm – 8pm. A live large screen will be at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre so you can follow the journey of the Baton through the streets of Nowra while relaxing on a picnic blanket enjoying some cool community vibes, food stalls, entertainment and fun for the kids including face painting and a jumping castle.
Blue is the colour of the day. Organisers are asking people to join in the fun, wear the colour blue, line the streets, cheer the baton bearers as they pass and celebrate at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre with dancing, circus performances, entertainment, food and fun.
For more information on the activities and route visit https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/queens-baton-relay-nowra.