Distance between Darwin and Mackay
The distance from Darwin to Mackay is 2,833 kilometers by road. Road takes approximately 46 hours and 57 minutes and goes through Mount Isa, Charters Towers, Woolner, Howard Springs, Humpty Doo, Pine Creek and Katherine.
Shortest distance by air  2,176 km ✈️ 
Car route length  2,833 km 🚗 
Driving time  46 h 57 min 
Fuel amount  226.6 L 
Fuel cost  362.6 AUD 
Point  Distance  Time  Fuel  
Darwin  0 km  00 min  0.0 L  
A15 3 km, 03 min


Woolner  3 km  03 min  0.1 L  
A15 24 km, 23 min


Howard Springs  27 km  27 min  2.1 L  
1 8 km, 05 min


Humpty Doo  36 km  32 min  2.6 L  
1 185 km, 2 h 21 min


Pine Creek  221 km  2 h 54 min  16.9 L  
1 94 km, 1 h 06 min


Katherine  315 km  4 h 01 min  24.9 L  
1 421 km, 4 h 49 min


Elliott  736 km  8 h 50 min  58.5 L  
87 66 867 km, 12 h 12 min


Mount Isa  1,603 km  21 h 03 min  127.3 L  
A2 A6 774 km, 16 h 17 min


Charters Towers  2,376 km  37 h 21 min  189.1 L  
A6 A1 456 km, 9 h 35 min


Mackay  2,833 km  46 h 57 min  226.5 L 
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to drive from Darwin to Mackay?
Fuel cost: 362.6 AUD
This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 2,833 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 Darwin to Mackay?
Driving time: 46 h 57 min
This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.
 2,300 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 25 h 33 min
 114 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 1 h 25 min
 4 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 3 min
 24 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 23 min
 1 km with a maximum speed 50 km/h = 1 min
 390 km with a maximum speed 20 km/h = 19 h 29 min
The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.
How far is Darwin to Mackay by land?
The distance between Darwin and Mackay is 2,833 km by road.
Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Darwin and Mackay respectively.
How far is Darwin to Mackay by plane?
The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Darwin and Mackay is 2,176 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 Darwin and Mackay respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.
How many hours is Darwin from Mackay by plane?
Boeing 737 airliner needs 2 h 43 min to cover the distance of 2,176 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.
Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 9 h 53 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 Darwin to Mackay?
Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH6 Cayuse" need 9 h 4 min to cover the distance of 2,176 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
Popular "Robinson R44" needs 10 h 21 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 Darwin and Mackay?
The halfway point between Darwin and Mackay is Camooweal. It is located about 6 km from the exact midpoint by road.
The distance from Camooweal to Darwin is 1,410 km and driving will take about 16 h 33 min. The road between Camooweal and Mackay has length 1,422 km and will take approximately 30 h 23 min.
The other cities located close to halfway point:
Where is Darwin in relation to Mackay?
Darwin is located 2,176 km northwest of Mackay.
Darwin has geographic coordinates: latitude 12.46044, longitude 130.84105.
Mackay has geographic coordinates: latitude 21.14196, longitude 149.18651.
Which highway goes from Darwin to Mackay?
The route from Darwin to Mackay follows 1, A6, 66, 87, A1, A2, 83.
Other minor sections pass along the road:
 A15: 15 km
 84: 3 km