Distance between Canberra and Cairns
The distance from Canberra to Cairns is 2,523 kilometers by road including 42 kilometers on motorways. Road takes approximately 28 hours and 41 minutes and goes through Dubbo, Charters Towers, Yarralumla, South Canberra, Acton, North Canberra and City.
Shortest distance by air  2,070 km ✈️ 
Car route length  2,523 km 🚗 
Driving time  28 h 41 min 
Fuel amount  201.8 L 
Fuel cost  353.2 AUD 
Point  Distance  Time  Fuel  
Yarralumla  0 km  00 min  0.0 L  
3 km, 02 min


South Canberra  3 km  02 min  0.2 L  
A23 4 km, 04 min


North Canberra  7 km  06 min  0.3 L  
A23 5 km, 04 min


Kaleen  12 km  11 min  0.9 L  
A25 2 km, 01 min


Giralang  15 km  13 min  1.1 L  
A25 30 km, 20 min


Murrumbateman  44 km  33 min  2.8 L  
A25 20 km, 12 min


Yass  64 km  46 min  4.5 L  
M31 B81 332 km, 3 h 50 min


Dubbo  396 km  4 h 36 min  30.7 L  
A32 A7 1,651 km, 18 h 38 min


Charters Towers  2,047 km  23 h 14 min  162.5 L  
A6 A1 476 km, 5 h 27 min


Cairns  2,523 km  28 h 41 min  201.7 L 
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to drive from Canberra to Cairns?
Fuel cost: 353.2 AUD
This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 2,523 km / 100 km) * (Fuel consumption 8 L/100 km) * (Fuel price 1.75 AUD / L)
You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.
How long is a car ride from Canberra to Cairns?
Driving time: 28 h 41 min
This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.
 19 km with a maximum speed 110 km/h = 10 min
 20 km with a maximum speed 100 km/h = 11 min
 2,244 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 24 h 55 min
 163 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 2 h 2 min
 13 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 11 min
 39 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 38 min
 25 km with a maximum speed 50 km/h = 30 min
The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.
How far is Canberra to Cairns by land?
The distance between Canberra and Cairns is 2,523 km by road including 42 km on motorways.
Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Canberra and Cairns respectively.
How far is Canberra to Cairns by plane?
The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Canberra and Cairns is 2,070 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 Canberra and Cairns respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.
How many hours is Canberra from Cairns by plane?
Boeing 737 airliner needs 2 h 35 min to cover the distance of 2,070 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.
Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 9 h 24 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 Canberra to Cairns?
Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH6 Cayuse" need 8 h 37 min to cover the distance of 2,070 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
Popular "Robinson R44" needs 9 h 51 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 Canberra and Cairns?
The halfway point between Canberra and Cairns is Roma. It is located about 97 km from the exact midpoint by road.
The distance from Roma to Canberra is 1,165 km and driving will take about 13 h 17 min. The road between Roma and Cairns has length 1,358 km and will take approximately 15 h 24 min.
The other cities located close to halfway point:
Where is Canberra in relation to Cairns?
Canberra is located 2,070 km south of Cairns.
Canberra has geographic coordinates: latitude 35.29759, longitude 149.10127.
Cairns has geographic coordinates: latitude 16.9205, longitude 145.77189.
Which highway goes from Canberra to Cairns?
The route from Canberra to Cairns follows A7, A1, B55, A55, B81, A6, A32.
Other minor sections pass along the road:
 A39: 62 km
 A25: 53 km
 B76: 14 km
 M31: 10 km
 A23: 7 km
 A2: 6 km
 49: 2 km
 A4: 2 km