Kangaroo Island hosts the Queen Mary II, the launch of the inaugural KI Fringe,and the Queen’s Baton Relay, all on February 20, 2018,

Santos Tour Downunder: Australian cyclist Stuart O'Grady OAM rode with the Baton.
Santos Tour Downunder: Australian cyclist Stuart O'Grady OAM rode with the Baton.

Penneshaw will be the place to party on Triple Threat Tuesday, February 20.

From early in the morning to late at night there’ll be action for every islander to get involved with.

From the arrival of the Queen Mary II, to the launch of the inaugural KI Fringe, to the heart pumping start of the Queen’s Baton Relay, islanders will be spoilt for choice.

It will be the Queen Mary II’s second visit to Kangaroo Island, sailing from Melbourne on a four-night round trip cruise.

Measuring 345 meters in length, the 151,400 tonne liner is the largest ship ever to visit the island.

Ann Sherry, Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, which represents Cunard, said that a one day transit visit by the Queen Mary II could generate up to $500,000 for local communities in crew and guest spending.

The Queen’s Baton Relay begins its KI adventure at Penneshaw, where eager spectators will be lining the streets cheering on their favourite bearer (there are five) and will then travel around the township.

The baton then heads up the road to Kingscote KICE Campus where 18 bearers, in turn, will hold it proudly aloft as they travel round the town.

Recently, the Queen's Baton today visited the Santos Tour Downunder International road cycling event in Adelaide.

Fringe Benefits: There'll be plenty of family fun at the KI Fringe.

Fringe Benefits: There'll be plenty of family fun at the KI Fringe.

The Queen’s Baton is engaging with thousands of Australians at popular summertime events, iconic locations and children’s hospitals around the country, building excitement for when the Queen’s Baton Relay revisits each state and territory in a traditional relay mode from January 25 until April 4 2018.

Royal visit: The Queen Mary II will be arriving in Pennesahw. Photo: Supplied.

Royal visit: The Queen Mary II will be arriving in Pennesahw. Photo: Supplied.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000 kilometres.

After spending 100 days being carried by approximately 3,800 batonbearers in Australia, the Queen's Baton journey will finish at the GC2018 Opening Ceremony on the Gold Coast on April 4 2018.

Finally, the Fringe will entertain and delight islanders of all ages with its many fun offerings throughout the day and evening.

Next week’s Islander will be full of photos from all these events.

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