Distance between Mackay and Townsville
The distance from Mackay to Townsville is 397 kilometers by road. Road takes approximately 4 hours and 35 minutes and goes through Paget, Te Kowai, Marian, Pleystowe, Walkerston, Hampden and Buthurra.
Shortest distance by air  324 km ✈️ 
Car route length  397 km 🚗 
Driving time  4 h 35 min 
Fuel amount  31.8 L 
Fuel cost  53.1 AUD 
Point  Distance  Time  Fuel  
Mackay  0 km  00 min  0.0 L  
A1 4 km, 03 min


Paget  4 km  03 min  0.2 L  
A1 70 5 km, 04 min


Te Kowai  9 km  07 min  0.6 L  
70 12 km, 08 min


Marian  21 km  15 min  0.9 L  
64 17 km, 11 min


Hampden  38 km  27 min  2.7 L  
A1 12 km, 07 min


Buthurra  49 km  34 min  3.5 L  
A1 12 km, 07 min


Kolijo  61 km  42 min  4.7 L  
A1 20 km, 13 min


Pindi Pindi  81 km  56 min  5.1 L  
A1 34 km, 22 min


Lethebrook  114 km  1 h 18 min  9.0 L  
A1 283 km, 3 h 16 min


Townsville  397 km  4 h 35 min  31.6 L 
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to drive from Mackay to Townsville?
Fuel cost: 53.1 AUD
This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 397 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 Mackay to Townsville?
Driving time: 4 h 35 min
This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.
 309 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 3 h 25 min
 76 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 57 min
 5 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 3 min
 5 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 5 min
 2 km with a maximum speed 50 km/h = 2 min
The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.
How far is Mackay to Townsville by land?
The distance between Mackay and Townsville is 397 km by road.
Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Mackay and Townsville respectively.
How far is Mackay to Townsville by plane?
The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Mackay and Townsville is 324 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 Mackay and Townsville respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.
How many hours is Mackay from Townsville by plane?
Boeing 737 airliner needs 24 min to cover the distance of 324 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.
Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 1 h 28 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 Mackay to Townsville?
Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH6 Cayuse" need 1 h 21 min to cover the distance of 324 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
Popular "Robinson R44" needs 1 h 32 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 Mackay and Townsville?
The halfway point between Mackay and Townsville is Merinda. It is located about 5 km from the exact midpoint by road.
The distance from Merinda to Mackay is 203 km and driving will take about 2 h 19 min. The road between Merinda and Townsville has length 194 km and will take approximately 2 h 16 min.
The other cities located close to halfway point:
Where is Mackay in relation to Townsville?
Mackay is located 324 km southeast of Townsville.
Mackay has geographic coordinates: latitude 21.14196, longitude 149.18651.
Townsville has geographic coordinates: latitude 19.25694, longitude 146.82395.
Which highway goes from Mackay to Townsville?
The route from Mackay to Townsville follows A1.
Other minor sections pass along the road:
 64: 14 km
 70: 6 km