Fires on Top of Mountains 

Frequently Asked Questions

We have endeavoured to anticipate all your questions but if you find your question unanswered in this list then you can email us and we will get back to you asap.


If I want to watch the Queen's Baton Relay, where do I go?

  • The Queen's Baton Relay begins at the Rotary Lookout on Main Western Road, North Tamborine, and continues along Main Western Road heading north turning opposite Doughty Park up Main street.  It finishes in Main Street at the Scenic Rim Welcomes the World Stage at the end of Main street (outside the Police station and Vonda Youngman Community Centre).
  • A convoy of 50 vehicles will accompany the Baton and travel up the mountain from Oxenford down Gallery Walk, before heading to Rotary Lookout.
  • Formalities commence at 12 noon, with the batonbearers leaving the Rotary lookout at 12.30pm and arriving at the Scenic Rim Welcomes the World Stage by 1pm.
  • There are 10 baton bearers in the Relay, and you can check out who they are HERE
  • You can watch the Relay the full length of the course.
  • There will be some traffic delays managed by Police and emergency services. 
  • Download the transport, road, parking plan HERE
  • Road closures along Main Western Road will be in place until the Relay passes by, then these roads will be re-opened.
  • Main Street will be closed from 11.45am- 2.30pm to all traffic but will reopen on one side of the road from 2.30pm-3.30pm when the roads will be reopened to all traffic.
  • There is a disabled parking area and viewing area outside the Library and Post Office. (NB vehicles will not be able to leave this area between 11.45am and 2.30pm)
  • Bus drop off point prior to road closures at 11.45 will be outside the Post Office
  • There are parking stations where you can catch a shuttle bus to vantage spots around the mountain.  Parking stations and bus pick up sites are at the Tamborine Mountain State School, Tamborine Mountain State High School, Tamborine Mountain Sports Complex and Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds.
  • There is also a bus pick up site only (no parking) outside the Rhoda Rushbrook Park on Gallery Walk.
  • No shuttles will operate between 12 noon and 1pm during the relay.
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How do I get to the Shared Fire events and what is on when?

Tamborine Mountain Easter Sunday  1 April 2018

  • full program of events can be viewed  HERE or downloaded HERE 
  • 10 am-7.30pm activities include Kelly Sports, live entertainment on the mainstage, face painting, jumping castle, artisan markets, food trucks and picnic area on Geissmann Oval.
    • You will be able to access the site via vehicle from 8-10am and 3:30-10pm10 am-11.45 am.  Parking will be available on adjacent streets at this time on the lower side of Main Street (NB vehicles will not be able to leave this area between 11.45am and 2.30pm)
  • 12 noon Queen's Baton Relay commences at Rotary Lookout
    • NB buses will not run between 12 noon and 1pm. From 1 pm till 2.30pm drop off points  for the bus will be at Doughty Park.
  • 1pm Queen's Baton Relay concludes at the Scenic Rim Welcomes the World Stage
  • 1.30pm Borrobi, the Games Mascot will be at the Scenic Rim Welcomes the World Stage
  • 1.30- 6.30pm Kelly Sport fun activities, jumping castle and face painting for children and families on Geissmann Oval.
  • 1.30- 7.30pm Taste of the Scenic Rim Bar area will be in operation on Geissmann Oval.
  • 1.30pm-5.30pm In Cabaret Stage with live music and performance on Geissmann Oval.
  • 2pm the QBR convoy will depart the mountain.
  • 2.05pm the Scenic Rim Baton Relay will commence along Main Street.
    • NB from 2.30pm buses will run in continuous loops around the mountain from designated pick-up and drop-off zones. Drop-off/pick-up Zones in Main street will be outside the Post Office and at the corner of Main Dt and Reeves Lane.
  • 3pm Scenic Rim Baton Relay concludes at the Geissmann Oval Shared Fire Stage
  • 3.30pm-7.30pm Disabled Parking in designated area in Geissmann Street for Shared Fire event
  • 3.30pm-5.30pm Roving performance of Birds of a Feather by Goat Track Theatre Company on Geissmann Oval.
  • 5.30pm-6.30pm Shared Fire Storytelling around sculptural fire pits on Geissmann Oval.
  • 6.30pm -7.30pm Shared Fire Ceremony featuring Indigenous Welcome, The Flock and fire flies procession, Flame Tree performance, fire ceremony and  the Scenic Rim People's Orchestra on Geissmann Oval.
  • 7.30pm event concludes
  • 8.30pm final shuttle bus

Beaudesert Easter Monday 2 April 2018

  • program details can be viewed HERE 
  • full program can be  downloaded HERE 
  • Easy street parking around Beaudesert- the cross roads of the Scenic Rim. St Mary's Scholl will also be offering parking for a gold coin in their grounds across the road.
  • Event site is beautiful Jubilee Park next to Beaudesert Historical Museum, Beaudesert Pool and home to Beaudesert adventure playground, skate park and basketball half courts.
  • 4pm to 7.30pm food trucks and vintage car and motor bike displays, artisan markets, Tastes of the Scenic Rim licensed area, picnic grounds, face painting, Kelly Sports activities for families, jumping castles.
  • 4pm-5.30pm In Cabaret performance stage
  • 4pm-6pm Roving performance of Birds of a Feather by Goat Track Theatre Company
  • 5.30pm-6.30pm storytelling around Sculptural Fire pits.
  • 6.30pm-7.30pm Shared Fire Performance including: Indigenous Welcome and storytelling; Beaudesert People's Orchestra,  re- lighting ceremony, laser light show and Flock and torch procession
  • 7.30pm event concludes

Boonah Tuesday 3 April 2018

  • From 5pm- 8pm Boonah will host the Boonah Shared Fire event Tastes of the Commonwealth on High Street, Church Street, Park Street and Railway Streets. (road closures will be in place  from 3pm-9pm). 
  • Download the transport, road, parking plan HERE
  • Program details can be viewed HERE  or full program can be downloaded HERE 
  • The event will include Picnic Parlour  and Dessert Lane in Park Street, street dining, artisan markets and performance stage in Church Street, performance stage and street dining in  Railway Street, roving performances and storytelling zones throughout, central stage and street dining in High Street, Tastes of the Scenic Rim licensed area in the Boonah Council forecourt, and traders will be open late, serving cuisine from across the Commonwealth. 
  • Shared Fire Ceremony  will be performed across the Boonah Stages and on the streets and includes Indigenous Welcome to Country, dance and storytelling, Flock and fire procession and performance by The Scenic Rim People's Orchestra.

Kooralbyn Saturday 14 April 2018- Fire on Water Finale

  • Program details can be viewed HERE
  • full program can be downloaded HERE 
  • From 10 am- Opening of the Kooralbyn Connection Trail, food trucks, artisan markets, workshops, demonstrations, Kelly Sports family fun activities, face painting, jumping castle. Kooralbyn resort activities-putt-putt, lawn bowls, golf course and driving range open, water activities, Aussie Muser show demonstration and The Big Aussie BBQ
  • 10.30am-5.30pm-cabaret stage live performance
  • 5.30pm -6.30pm- Storytelling around the campfire
  • 6.30pm-Fire on Water Finale, Indigenous fire lighting, storytelling and Welcome to Country, Fire and Light projections, Scenic Rim People's Orchestra, Flock Light parade and torch procession, large scale fire effects and unveiling of Fires on Top of Mountains Sculpture, Fireworks Finale
  • 8pm Event concludes
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Where is Geissmann Oval on Tamborine Mountain?

  • Geissmann Oval is at North Tamborine behind  Main street and the Vonda Youngman Community Centre.
  • Geissmann Oval is  how the oval is known to locals but will appear on official maps as North Tamborine Park
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How do I get in and out of my property on Easter Sunday if I live on Tamborine Mountain?

  • Plan ahead. Visit the transport and traffic plan to familiarise yourself with areas where there are road closures, traffic control (stop/go signs) and parking restrictions.
  • Park and ride/walk or catch free shuttle buses.
  • Download the transport, road, parking plan HERE
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How do I get around Tamborine Mountain on Easter Sunday?

  • Park and ride/walk or catch free shuttle buses.
  • There are alternative routes and detours in place so you can access ways across and off the mountain.
  • Download the transport, road, parking plan HERE
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How do I get up and down Tamborine Mountain on Easter Sunday?

  • Download the transport, road, parking plan HERE
  • There are alternative routes and detours in place so you can access ways across and off the mountain.
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How do businesses get their staff to work on Tamborine Mountain on Easter Sunday?

  • Download the transport, road, parking plan HERE
  • there are alternative routes and detours in place so you can access ways across and off the mountain.
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How many people are expected to attend?

  • For the Queen's Baton Relay on Easter Sunday, GOLDOC estimates that there may be up to 20,000 people in attendance. Police and Emergency Services estimate 10,000 people may attend.  Plans have been developed with a local working group, local community members, churches, Chamber of Commerce representatives alongside GOLDOC, Council, Police, SES and Emergency services.  The resulting traffic, road and transport plans delivers the least disruption for this once-in-a lifetime event.
  • Download the transport, road, parking plan HERE
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Where are the public toilets?

Tamborine Mountain

Beaudesert

Boonah

  • There are public toilets at Bicentennial Park Boonah Fassifern Road, Rotary Park High Street, Council Chambers High Street, Coronation Park Walter Street.
  • Extra temporary toilet facilities will be located in the Boonah Forecourt
  • The Boonah Cultural Centre will be open and toilets there will be available during the event.

Kooralbyn

What happens if it rains?

  • There will be some shelter provided.
  • Just like the Commonwealth Games themselves, all events will continue unless weather conditions become dangerous.
  • Notification of cancellations and updates on road and weather conditions will be via Councils Facebook page and website http://disasterdashboard.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/
  • Bring wet weather gear in case of  light rain. Consider rain ponchos, small umbrellas and waterproof shoes.
  • In the case of inclement weather, we recommend packing a light rain proof jacket w/ hood and/or a lightweight poncho. Small, flat parasols can be brought for personal sun protection if desired.
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What should I do to prepare for the events?

  • Please remember to be sun-smart during Shared Fire Community Celebrations; hat, sunscreen, sunnies
  • We ask that caregivers arrange with children to meet at the Lost Children if they get separated.
  • Wear clothes/shoes to suit the weather e.g. rain poncho or gumboots
  • Insect repellent if the mozzies love you
  • Bring a water bottle for refilling at the hydration stations
  • Do not bring glass to the event
  • Bring picnic needs that are recyclable if possible
  • Picnic blanket
  • Bring cash for vendors who may not have eftpos facilities
  • Smiles
  • Bring friends and family!
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Can I BYO?

  • We are proud to be able to  present a diverse selection of  cuisines prepared by local food vendors and food trucks. Of course you can bring your own food and un-opened, non-alcoholic drinks, but absolutely no glass bottles or containers are allowed on site.
  • NO BYO alcohol is allowed at any of the event sites.

Tamborine Mountain, Beaudesert and Kooralbyn Shared Fire events

  • Food trucks will be on site selling food, plus additional venues at Kooralbyn
  • You can bring your own picnic but  please remember this is a family-friendly event with designated licensed areas provided.
  • No BYO alcohol will be tolerated under the event permit.
  • Security guards will be on hand to monitor licensed areas.

Boonah Shared Fire Event

  • Cafes, restaurants, hotels and local food vendors will be providing meals as part of Tastes of the Commonwealth.
  • Chairs and tables will be located in High Street, Railway Street, Church Street for communal dining.

Kooralbyn Fire on Water Finale

  • Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley will be hosting the Big Aussie BBQ and the resort's licensed bars and cafes will be operating.
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Can I buy food at the events?

  • Yes from Food Trucks at the event site at Tamborine Mountain, Beaudesert and Kooralbyn.
  • Yes; At Tamborine Mountain, local cafes, bars and restaurants and tourism outlets in Main Street, Gallery Walk and across the Mountain will be open for business.
  •  At Beaudesert local hotels, take-away outlets, restaurants and cafes will be open for business.
  • Yes: At Boonah, purchase meals inspired by flavours of the Commonwealth from local cafes, hotels restaurants and local food vendors.
  • Yes: From the Big Aussie BBQ at Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley and the resort's pub and restaurant.
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Can I get water at the events?

  • Refill your water bottle with refreshing filtered water at the designated Hydration Stations
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What is the cost to enter/ catch a bus?

  • Free entry to all events
  • Free transport on shuttle buses from parking zones to event sites at Tamborine Mountain and Kooralbyn.
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Where can I park for the events on Tamborine Mountain?

  • Parking stations for the event are provided at the Tamborine Mountain Showground, Tamborine  Mountain State High School and Tamborine Mountain Sports Complex and Tamborine Mountain State Primary School.
  • A shuttle bus service will run every 20mins from these locations to designated bus stops along Main Western Road and Main Street
  • Download the transport, road, parking plan HERE
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Where can I catch a bus for the events on Tamborine Mountain?

  • Pick-up and drop-off zones for the shuttle bus include parking stations at Tamborine Mountain Showground, Tamborine  Mountain State High School, Tamborine Mountain Sports Complex and Tamborine Mountain State Primary School.
  • Bus Pick-up and drop-off outside the Rhoda Rushbrook Park, Gallery Walk on Eagle Heights Road.
  • Bus Pick-up and drop-off  at The Post Office on Main St, Doughty Park, Hartley Rd, Lahey Road.
  • Download the transport, road, parking plan HERE
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Can I bring my own chair/picnic rugs?

Tamborine Mountain, Beaudesert and Kooralbyn Shared Fire events

  • There will be designated picnic areas which will be no chair zones so the view from the back of the site is not impeded. Yes bring your own picnic requirements.
  • There will also be a chair zone with some chair seating provided and areas for attendees to bring their own picnic chairs.
  • No BYO Gazebos or shade structures.

Boonah Shared Fire Event

  • Tastes of the Commonwealth is a communal dining event on the streets of Boonah. The streets will be filled with tables and chairs provided as part of the event.
  • You are welcome to bring a picnic chair along.
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Will there be chairs for the elderly at all events?

  • There will be a seating area reserved for elderly and disabled patrons and their carers at each event.
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How do the disabled  access the site?

  • At Tamborine Mountain there is disabled parking on Main Street outside the Library. (NB vehicles will not be able to leave this area between 11.45am and 2.30pm)
  • There will also be disabled parking on Geissmann Street from 3.30pm-7.30pm.
  • At Beaudesert, Jubillee Park has easy disabled access and disability drop-off areas.
  • At Boonah, disabled parking  and access to High Street is behind the IGA.
  • At Kooralbyn, there will be a shuttle bus from Kooralbyn Village to the Resort.
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Where can I view the QBR if I have a disability?

  • There will be a designated viewing area for the disabled and their carers outside the Post Office on Main Street.
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How long does the bus ride take on Tamborine Mountain?

  • The loop should take approximately 20 minutes. There are buses in rotation.
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How far is it to walk into the Shared Fire Celebration Site on Tamborine Mountain from the QBR?

  • Rotary Lookout to the Scenic Rim Welcomes the World Stage is approximately 2km .
  • From Scenic Rim Welcomes the World Stage to the Shared Fire site on Geissmann Oval it is approximately a 300 metres
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Will the Waste Transfer Station on Tamborine Mountain be open?

  • The Waste Transfer Station will be closed Easter Sunday, reopening on Easter Monday.  It will, however, be open on Good Friday.
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How do I access the Knoll National Park on Tamborine Mountain?

  • Plan ahead.  Visit the transport and traffic plan to familiarise yourself with areas where there are road closures, traffic control (stop/go signs) and parking restrictions.
  • Park and ride/walk or catch free shuttle buses.
  • Download the transport, road, parking plan HERE
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