Distance between Cairns and Perth
The distance from Cairns to Perth is 5,252 kilometers by road including 27 kilometers on motorways. Road takes approximately 85 hours and 16 minutes and goes through Charters Towers, Charleville, Broken Hill and Port Augusta.
Shortest distance by air  3,442 km ✈️ 
Car route length  5,252 km 🚗 
Driving time  85 h 16 min 
Fuel amount  420.1 L 
Fuel cost  672.2 AUD 
Point  Distance  Time  Fuel  
Cairns  0 km  00 min  0.0 L  
A1 11 km, 14 min


Bentley Park  11 km  14 min  0.8 L  
A1 5 km, 10 min


Wrights Creek  16 km  25 min  1.0 L  
A1 8 km, 13 min


Gordonvale  24 km  39 min  1.5 L  
A1 99 km, 1 h 44 min


El Arish  124 km  2 h 23 min  9.5 L  
A1 348 km, 7 h 32 min


Charters Towers  472 km  9 h 56 min  36.8 L  
A6 A2 910 km, 19 h 59 min


Charleville  1,382 km  29 h 56 min  108.1 L  
A2 A32 1,054 km, 14 h 46 min


Broken Hill  2,435 km  44 h 42 min  189.6 L  
A32 428 km, 6 h 02 min


Port Augusta  2,863 km  50 h 45 min  228.8 L  
A1 2,388 km, 34 h 31 min


Perth  5,252 km  85 h 16 min  420.1 L 
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to drive from Cairns to Perth?
Fuel cost: 672.2 AUD
This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 5,252 km / 100 km) * (Fuel consumption 8 L/100 km) * (Fuel price 1.6 AUD / L)
You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.
How long is a car ride from Cairns to Perth?
Driving time: 85 h 16 min
This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.
 20 km with a maximum speed 100 km/h = 12 min
 4,281 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 47 h 34 min
 195 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 2 h 25 min
 11 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 9 min
 43 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 43 min
 28 km with a maximum speed 50 km/h = 33 min
 673 km with a maximum speed 20 km/h = 33 h 37 min
The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.
How far is Cairns to Perth by land?
The distance between Cairns and Perth is 5,252 km by road including 27 km on motorways.
Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Cairns and Perth respectively.
How far is Cairns to Perth by plane?
The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Cairns and Perth is 3,442 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 Perth respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.
How many hours is Cairns from Perth by plane?
Boeing 737 airliner needs 4 h 18 min to cover the distance of 3,442 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.
Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 15 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 Perth?
Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH6 Cayuse" need 14 h 20 min to cover the distance of 3,442 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
Popular "Robinson R44" needs 16 h 23 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 Perth?
The halfway point between Cairns and Perth is Mannahill. It is located about 20 km from the exact midpoint by road.
The distance from Mannahill to Cairns is 2,606 km and driving will take about 46 h 42 min. The road between Mannahill and Perth has length 2,646 km and will take approximately 38 h 34 min.
The other cities located close to halfway point:
Where is Cairns in relation to Perth?
Cairns is located 3,442 km northeast of Perth.
Cairns has geographic coordinates: latitude 16.9205, longitude 145.77189.
Perth has geographic coordinates: latitude 31.95271, longitude 115.86048.
Which highway goes from Cairns to Perth?
The route from Cairns to Perth follows A1, 1, A32, 94, A2, A71, A6, B87, B56.
Other minor sections pass along the road:
 B71: 92 km
 19: 60 km
 B80: 12 km
 49: 3 km
 8: 3 km
 3: 2 km
 B82: 2 km