Distance between Charters Towers and Cairns
The distance from Charters Towers to Cairns is 480 kilometers by road including 23 kilometers on motorways. Road takes approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes and goes through Stuart, Douglas, Shaw, Ingham, Cardwell, Tully and El Arish.
Shortest distance by air  354 km ✈️ 
Car route length  480 km 🚗 
Driving time  5 h 30 min 
Fuel amount  38.4 L 
Fuel cost  72.1 AUD 
Point  Distance  Time  Fuel  
Charters Towers  0 km  00 min  0.0 L  
A6 123 km, 1 h 24 min


Stuart  123 km  1 h 24 min  9.6 L  
A6 A1 11 km, 07 min


Douglas  134 km  1 h 32 min  10.6 L  
A1 11 km, 06 min


Shaw  145 km  1 h 38 min  11.3 L  
A1 100 km, 1 h 07 min


Ingham  246 km  2 h 46 min  19.0 L  
A1 50 km, 34 min


Cardwell  295 km  3 h 20 min  23.1 L  
A1 45 km, 31 min


Tully  341 km  3 h 51 min  26.9 L  
A1 15 km, 10 min


El Arish  355 km  4 h 01 min  28.0 L  
A1 99 km, 1 h 09 min


Gordonvale  455 km  5 h 11 min  36.0 L  
A1 25 km, 18 min


Cairns  480 km  5 h 30 min  38.2 L 
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to drive from Charters Towers to Cairns?
Fuel cost: 72.1 AUD
This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 480 km / 100 km) * (Fuel consumption 8 L/100 km) * (Fuel price 1.88 AUD / L)
You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.
How long is a car ride from Charters Towers to Cairns?
Driving time: 5 h 30 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 = 11 min
 378 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 4 h 11 min
 59 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 44 min
 8 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 6 min
 14 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 13 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 Charters Towers to Cairns by land?
The distance between Charters Towers and Cairns is 480 km by road including 23 km on motorways.
Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Charters Towers and Cairns respectively.
How far is Charters Towers to Cairns by plane?
The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Charters Towers and Cairns is 354 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 Charters Towers and Cairns respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.
How many hours is Charters Towers from Cairns by plane?
Boeing 737 airliner needs 26 min to cover the distance of 354 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.
Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 1 h 36 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 Charters Towers to Cairns?
Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH6 Cayuse" need 1 h 28 min to cover the distance of 354 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
Popular "Robinson R44" needs 1 h 41 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 Charters Towers and Cairns?
The halfway point between Charters Towers and Cairns is Toobanna. It is located about 3 km from the exact midpoint by road.
The distance from Toobanna to Charters Towers is 237 km and driving will take about 2 h 39 min. The road between Toobanna and Cairns has length 243 km and will take approximately 2 h 50 min.
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Where is Charters Towers in relation to Cairns?
Charters Towers is located 354 km south of Cairns.
Charters Towers has geographic coordinates: latitude 20.07141, longitude 146.27098.
Cairns has geographic coordinates: latitude 16.9205, longitude 145.77189.
Which highway goes from Charters Towers to Cairns?
The route from Charters Towers to Cairns follows A1, A6.