Distance between Cairns and Cooktown

The distance from Cairns to Cooktown is 328 kilometers by road. Road takes approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes and goes through Aeroglen, Smithfield, Mareeba and Biboohra.

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Point Distance Time Fuel
Cairns 0 km 0:00 00 min 0.0 L
1 5 km, 05 min
Aeroglen 5 km 0:05 05 min 0.3 L
1 10 km, 07 min
Smithfield 15 km 0:12 12 min 1.0 L
1 10 km, 09 min
Kuranda 25 km 0:22 22 min 1.8 L
1 38 km, 26 min
Mareeba 63 km 0:48 48 min 4.8 L
81 14 km, 09 min
Biboohra 77 km 0:58 58 min 5.4 L
81 23 km, 15 min
Mt Molloy 100 km 1:14 1 h 14 min 7.7 L
81 33 km, 22 min
Mt Carbine 133 km 1:36 1 h 36 min 10.6 L
81 118 km, 1 h 19 min
Lakeland 252 km 2:56 2 h 56 min 19.8 L
40 77 km, 53 min
Cooktown 328 km 3:49 3 h 49 min 25.9 L

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to drive from Cairns to Cooktown?

Fuel cost: 44.9 AUD

This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 328 km / 100 km) * (Fuel consumption 8 L/100 km) * (Fuel price 1.71 AUD / L)

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How long is a car ride from Cairns to Cooktown?

Driving time: 3 h 50 min

This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.

  • 272 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 3 h 1 min
  • 31 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 22 min
  • 4 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 3 min
  • 18 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 18 min
  • 3 km with a maximum speed 50 km/h = 3 min

The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.

How far is Cairns to Cooktown by land?

The distance between Cairns and Cooktown is 328 km by road.

Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Cairns and Cooktown respectively.

How far is Cairns to Cooktown by plane?

The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Cairns and Cooktown is 170 km.

This distance is calculated using the Haversine formula as a great-circle distance between two points on the surface of a sphere. The start and finish points are the centers of Cairns and Cooktown respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.

How many hours is Cairns from Cooktown by plane?

Boeing 737 airliner needs 12 min to cover the distance of 170 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.

Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 46 min to flight this distance at average speed of 220 km/h.

This time is approximate and do not take into account takeoff and landing times, airport location and other real world factors.

How long is a helicopter ride from Cairns to Cooktown?

Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH-6 Cayuse" need 42 min to cover the distance of 170 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.

Popular "Robinson R44" needs 48 min to flight this distance at average speed of 210 km/h.

This time is approximate and do not take into account takeoff and landing times, aerodrome location and other real world factors.

What city is halfway between Cairns and Cooktown?

The halfway point between Cairns and Cooktown is Mt Carbine. It is located about 31 km from the exact midpoint by road.

The distance from Mt Carbine to Cairns is 133 km and driving will take about 1 h 36 min. The road between Mt Carbine and Cooktown has length 195 km and will take approximately 2 h 13 min.

Where is Cairns in relation to Cooktown?

Cairns is located 170 km south-east of Cooktown.

Cairns has geographic coordinates: latitude -16.9205, longitude 145.77189.

Cooktown has geographic coordinates: latitude -15.47266, longitude 145.25342.

Which highway goes from Cairns to Cooktown?

The route from Cairns to Cooktown follows 81.

Other minor sections pass along the road:

  • 40: 79 km
  • 1: 60 km
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