Distance between Cairns and Darwin
The distance from Cairns to Darwin is 2,766 kilometers by road including 4 kilometers on motorways. Road takes approximately 31 hours and 8 minutes and goes through Mount Isa, Bentley Park, Wrights Creek, Gordonvale, Malanda, Millaa Millaa and Ravenshoe.
Shortest distance by air  1,681 km ✈️ 
Car route length  2,766 km 🚗 
Driving time  31 h 8 min 
Fuel amount  221.3 L 
Fuel cost  369.6 AUD 
Point  Distance  Time  Fuel  
Cairns  0 km  00 min  0.0 L  
A1 11 km, 08 min


Bentley Park  11 km  08 min  0.8 L  
A1 5 km, 03 min


Wrights Creek  16 km  12 min  1.0 L  
A1 7 km, 05 min


Gordonvale  23 km  17 min  1.6 L  
A1 52 53 km, 42 min


Malanda  76 km  1 h 00 min  5.8 L  
25 19 km, 13 min


Millaa Millaa  95 km  1 h 14 min  7.6 L  
24 20 km, 13 min


Ravenshoe  115 km  1 h 27 min  8.5 L  
1 47 km, 32 min


Mount Garnet  162 km  1 h 59 min  12.4 L  
1 1,002 km, 11 h 12 min


Mount Isa  1,164 km  13 h 12 min  92.2 L  
A2 1 1,603 km, 17 h 56 min


Darwin  2,766 km  31 h 08 min  221.2 L 
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to drive from Cairns to Darwin?
Fuel cost: 369.6 AUD
This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 2,766 km / 100 km) * (Fuel consumption 8 L/100 km) * (Fuel price 1.67 AUD / L)
You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.
How long is a car ride from Cairns to Darwin?
Driving time: 31 h 8 min
This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.
 2,642 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 29 h 21 min
 66 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 49 min
 4 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 3 min
 53 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 52 min
 1 km with a maximum speed 50 km/h = 1 min
The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.
How far is Cairns to Darwin by land?
The distance between Cairns and Darwin is 2,766 km by road including 4 km on motorways.
Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Cairns and Darwin respectively.
How far is Cairns to Darwin by plane?
The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Cairns and Darwin is 1,681 km.
This distance is calculated using the Haversine formula as a greatcircle distance between two points on the surface of a sphere. The start and finish points are the centers of Cairns and Darwin respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.
How many hours is Cairns from Darwin by plane?
Boeing 737 airliner needs 2 h 6 min to cover the distance of 1,681 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.
Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 7 h 38 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 Darwin?
Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH6 Cayuse" need 7 h to cover the distance of 1,681 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
Popular "Robinson R44" needs 8 h 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 Darwin?
The halfway point between Cairns and Darwin is Camooweal. It is located about 27 km from the exact midpoint by road.
The distance from Camooweal to Cairns is 1,356 km and driving will take about 15 h 21 min. The road between Camooweal and Darwin has length 1,410 km and will take approximately 15 h 46 min.
The other cities located close to halfway point:
Where is Cairns in relation to Darwin?
Cairns is located 1,681 km southeast of Darwin.
Cairns has geographic coordinates: latitude 16.9205, longitude 145.77189.
Darwin has geographic coordinates: latitude 12.46044, longitude 130.84105.
Which highway goes from Cairns to Darwin?
The route from Cairns to Darwin follows 1, 83, 66, 87, A2.
Other minor sections pass along the road:
 52: 40 km
 25: 19 km
 A15: 17 km
 A1: 17 km
 24: 11 km
 84: 1 km