Distance between Sydney and Cairns

The distance from Sydney to Cairns is 2,411 kilometers by road including 194 kilometers on motorways. Road takes approximately 27 hours and 20 minutes and goes through Charters Towers, The Rocks, Millers Point, Dawes Point, Milsons Point, North Sydney and Cammeray.

Shortest distance by air 1,962 km ✈️
Car route length 2,411 km 🚗
Driving time 27 h 20 min
Fuel amount 192.9 L
Fuel cost 329.9 AUD
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City
Town
Village
Hamlet
Motorway
Primary
Secondary
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Point Distance Time Fuel
Sydney 0 km 0:00 00 min 0.0 L
2 km, 02 min
Millers Point 2 km 0:02 02 min 0.1 L
A4 1 km, 00 min
Milsons Point 3 km 0:03 03 min 0.3 L
M1 1 km, 00 min
North Sydney 5 km 0:04 04 min 0.3 L
M1 1 km, 01 min
Cammeray 6 km 0:05 05 min 0.4 L
M1 1 km, 00 min
Crows Nest 7 km 0:05 05 min 0.5 L
M1 1 km, 00 min
Naremburn 7 km 0:06 06 min 0.5 L
M1 2 km, 01 min
Artarmon 9 km 0:07 07 min 0.7 L
M1 A7 1,927 km, 21 h 45 min
Charters Towers 1,936 km 21:53 21 h 53 min 153.6 L
A6 A1 476 km, 5 h 27 min
Cairns 2,411 km 27:20 27 h 20 min 192.8 L
City
Town
Village
Hamlet
Motorway
Primary
Secondary
Unclassified
Point Distance Time Fuel
Sydney 0 km 0:00 00 min 0.0 L
2 km, 02 min
Millers Point 2 km 0:02 02 min 0.1 L
A4 1 km, 00 min
Milsons Point 3 km 0:03 03 min 0.3 L
M1 1 km, 00 min
North Sydney 5 km 0:04 04 min 0.3 L
M1 1 km, 01 min
Cammeray 6 km 0:05 05 min 0.4 L
M1 1 km, 00 min
Crows Nest 7 km 0:05 05 min 0.5 L
M1 1 km, 00 min
Naremburn 7 km 0:06 06 min 0.5 L
M1 2 km, 01 min
Artarmon 9 km 0:07 07 min 0.7 L
M1 1 km, 01 min
Lane Cove North 10 km 0:08 08 min 0.8 L
A1 1 km, 01 min
Chatswood 11 km 0:10 10 min 0.8 L
A1 1 km, 01 min
Roseville 13 km 0:11 11 min 1.0 L
A1 1 km, 01 min
Lindfield 14 km 0:13 13 min 1.1 L
A1 2 km, 01 min
Killara 16 km 0:14 14 min 1.2 L
A1 1 km, 01 min
Gordon 17 km 0:15 15 min 1.3 L
A1 2 km, 01 min
Pymble 19 km 0:17 17 min 1.4 L
A1 2 km, 01 min
Turramurra 21 km 0:19 19 min 1.7 L
A1 1 km, 00 min
Warrawee 22 km 0:20 20 min 1.7 L
A1 3 km, 02 min
Wahroonga 25 km 0:22 22 min 1.7 L
M1 3 km, 02 min
Asquith 28 km 0:24 24 min 2.2 L
M1 3 km, 01 min
Mount Colah 30 km 0:26 26 min 2.2 L
M1 3 km, 01 min
Mount Kuring-Gai 33 km 0:27 27 min 2.6 L
M1 2 km, 01 min
Berowra 35 km 0:28 28 min 2.7 L
M1 6 km, 03 min
Brooklyn 42 km 0:32 32 min 3.0 L
M1 5 km, 02 min
Mooney Mooney 47 km 0:35 35 min 3.7 L
M1 5 km, 02 min
Bar Point 52 km 0:37 37 min 3.9 L
M1 6 km, 03 min
Mount White 58 km 0:41 41 min 4.4 L
M1 3 km, 01 min
Calga 61 km 0:42 42 min 4.8 L
M1 2 km, 01 min
Mooney Mooney Creek 63 km 0:43 43 min 4.9 L
M1 10 km, 05 min
Somersby 72 km 0:49 49 min 5.1 L
M1 9 km, 04 min
Ourimbah 81 km 0:53 53 min 6.4 L
M1 3 km, 01 min
Palmdale 84 km 0:55 55 min 6.6 L
M1 4 km, 01 min
Mardi 87 km 0:57 57 min 6.8 L
M1 3 km, 01 min
Alison 91 km 0:59 59 min 7.1 L
M1 4 km, 02 min
Jilliby 95 km 1:01 1 h 01 min 7.4 L
M1 8 km, 04 min
Wyee 103 km 1:05 1 h 05 min 7.8 L
M1 8 km, 04 min
Morisset 111 km 1:10 1 h 10 min 8.7 L
M1 7 km, 03 min
Cooranbong 118 km 1:14 1 h 14 min 9.0 L
M1 9 km, 04 min
Freemans Waterhole 127 km 1:19 1 h 19 min 9.9 L
M1 6 km, 03 min
Killingworth 134 km 1:22 1 h 22 min 10.5 L
M1 3 km, 01 min
Holmesville 136 km 1:23 1 h 23 min 10.9 L
M1 2 km, 01 min
West Wallsend 138 km 1:24 1 h 24 min 10.9 L
M1 2 km, 01 min
Cameron Park 140 km 1:26 1 h 26 min 11.2 L
M1 2 km, 01 min
Seahampton 143 km 1:27 1 h 27 min 11.3 L
M15 13 km, 07 min
Loxford 156 km 1:34 1 h 34 min 12.4 L
M15 10 km, 05 min
Allandale 166 km 1:40 1 h 40 min 12.8 L
M15 12 km, 06 min
Branxton 178 km 1:46 1 h 46 min 14.1 L
M15 A15 21 km, 14 min
Singleton 199 km 2:00 2 h 00 min 15.8 L
A15 2 km, 01 min
Darlington 201 km 2:02 2 h 02 min 16.0 L
A15 17 km, 12 min
Ravensworth 218 km 2:15 2 h 15 min 17.3 L
A15 4 km, 02 min
Newdell Junction 222 km 2:17 2 h 17 min 17.7 L
A15 18 km, 13 min
Muswellbrook 240 km 2:31 2 h 31 min 18.1 L
A15 18 km, 14 min
Aberdeen 258 km 2:46 2 h 46 min 20.3 L
A15 13 km, 09 min
Scone 272 km 2:55 2 h 55 min 21.1 L
A15 9 km, 06 min
Parkville 281 km 3:02 3 h 02 min 22.4 L
A15 8 km, 05 min
Wingen 289 km 3:07 3 h 07 min 22.5 L
A15 18 km, 12 min
Blandford 306 km 3:19 3 h 19 min 24.5 L
A15 6 km, 05 min
Murrurundi 313 km 3:24 3 h 24 min 24.6 L
A15 18 km, 12 min
Willow Tree 331 km 3:37 3 h 37 min 26.4 L
A15 B51 15 km, 10 min
Quirindi 346 km 3:48 3 h 48 min 26.9 L
B51 26 km, 17 min
Werris Creek 371 km 4:06 4 h 06 min 28.7 L
B51 25 km, 16 min
Breeza 396 km 4:22 4 h 22 min 30.7 L
B51 14 km, 09 min
Curlewis 410 km 4:31 4 h 31 min 32.7 L
B51 27 km, 19 min
Gunnedah 437 km 4:51 4 h 51 min 32.9 L
B51 37 km, 27 min
Boggabri 474 km 5:18 5 h 18 min 37.0 L
B51 12 km, 08 min
Baan Baa 486 km 5:27 5 h 27 min 38.8 L
B51 32 km, 22 min
Narrabri 517 km 5:49 5 h 49 min 38.9 L
A39 31 km, 21 min
Edgeroi 549 km 6:11 6 h 11 min 43.8 L
A39 24 km, 16 min
Bellata 572 km 6:27 6 h 27 min 45.6 L
A39 21 km, 14 min
Gurley 593 km 6:41 6 h 41 min 47.1 L
A39 27 km, 19 min
Moree 620 km 7:00 7 h 00 min 48.4 L
A39 22 km, 16 min
Ashley 643 km 7:16 7 h 16 min 51.4 L
32 km, 22 min
Garah 675 km 7:38 7 h 38 min 54.0 L
50 km, 34 min
Mungindi 725 km 8:13 8 h 13 min 56.3 L
46 60 km, 41 min
Thallon 785 km 8:54 8 h 54 min 60.0 L
46 81 km, 54 min
St George 866 km 9:48 9 h 48 min 69.2 L
A55 117 km, 1 h 18 min
Surat 982 km 11:06 11 h 06 min 76.6 L
A55 71 km, 49 min
Roma 1,054 km 11:55 11 h 55 min 84.0 L
A7 262 km, 2 h 57 min
Rolleston 1,316 km 14:53 14 h 53 min 104.5 L
A7 74 km, 50 min
Springsure 1,390 km 15:44 15 h 44 min 110.0 L
A7 64 km, 44 min
Emerald 1,454 km 16:28 16 h 28 min 116.0 L
A7 38 km, 26 min
Capella 1,492 km 16:54 16 h 54 min 116.8 L
A7 66 km, 44 min
Clermont 1,558 km 17:39 17 h 39 min 124.3 L
A7 104 km, 1 h 09 min
Frankfield 1,661 km 18:48 18 h 48 min 127.2 L
A7 275 km, 3 h 03 min
Charters Towers 1,936 km 21:52 21 h 52 min 153.6 L
A6 86 km, 58 min
Woodstock 2,022 km 22:50 22 h 50 min 161.4 L
A6 33 km, 22 min
Stuart 2,055 km 23:13 23 h 13 min 164.1 L
A6 A1 11 km, 07 min
Douglas 2,066 km 23:20 23 h 20 min 165.1 L
A1 11 km, 06 min
Shaw 2,077 km 23:27 23 h 27 min 165.9 L
A1 41 km, 27 min
Rollingstone 2,119 km 23:54 23 h 54 min 169.5 L
A1 15 km, 10 min
Mutarnee 2,134 km 24:05 24 h 05 min 170.2 L
A1 12 km, 08 min
Bambaroo 2,146 km 24:13 24 h 13 min 171.2 L
A1 23 km, 15 min
Toobanna 2,169 km 24:28 24 h 28 min 173.4 L
A1 9 km, 06 min
Ingham 2,178 km 24:34 24 h 34 min 173.6 L
A1 50 km, 34 min
Cardwell 2,227 km 25:08 25 h 08 min 177.7 L
A1 45 km, 31 min
Tully 2,273 km 25:39 25 h 39 min 181.4 L
A1 15 km, 10 min
El Arish 2,287 km 25:50 25 h 50 min 182.6 L
A1 8 km, 05 min
Silkwood 2,296 km 25:55 25 h 55 min 183.5 L
A1 20 km, 13 min
Mourilyan 2,316 km 26:09 26 h 09 min 185.2 L
A1 32 km, 23 min
Mirriwinni 2,348 km 26:33 26 h 33 min 187.6 L
A1 4 km, 03 min
Babinda 2,352 km 26:36 26 h 36 min 188.1 L
A1 14 km, 09 min
Deeral 2,366 km 26:45 26 h 45 min 189.0 L
A1 7 km, 04 min
Fishery Falls 2,373 km 26:50 26 h 50 min 189.6 L
A1 14 km, 09 min
Gordonvale 2,387 km 27:00 27 h 00 min 190.5 L
A1 8 km, 06 min
Wrights Creek 2,395 km 27:06 27 h 06 min 191.3 L
A1 5 km, 03 min
Bentley Park 2,400 km 27:09 27 h 09 min 191.9 L
A1 11 km, 09 min
Cairns 2,412 km 27:18 27 h 18 min 192.8 L

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to drive from Sydney to Cairns?

Fuel cost: 329.9 AUD

This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 2,411 km / 100 km) * (Fuel consumption 8 L/100 km) * (Fuel price 1.71 AUD / L)

You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.

How long is a car ride from Sydney to Cairns?

Driving time: 27 h 20 min

This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.

  • 149 km with a maximum speed 110 km/h = 1 h 21 min
  • 30 km with a maximum speed 100 km/h = 18 min
  • 1,943 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 21 h 35 min
  • 193 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 2 h 24 min
  • 13 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 11 min
  • 54 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 53 min
  • 29 km with a maximum speed 50 km/h = 34 min
  • 1 km with a maximum speed 40 km/h = 1 min

The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.

How far is Sydney to Cairns by land?

The distance between Sydney and Cairns is 2,411 km by road including 194 km on motorways.

Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Sydney and Cairns respectively.

How far is Sydney to Cairns by plane?

The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Sydney and Cairns is 1,962 km.

This distance is calculated using the Haversine formula as a great-circle distance between two points on the surface of a sphere. The start and finish points are the centers of Sydney and Cairns respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.

How many hours is Sydney from Cairns by plane?

Boeing 737 airliner needs 2 h 27 min to cover the distance of 1,962 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.

Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 8 h 55 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 Sydney to Cairns?

Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH-6 Cayuse" need 8 h 10 min to cover the distance of 1,962 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.

Popular "Robinson R44" needs 9 h 20 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 Sydney and Cairns?

The halfway point between Sydney and Cairns is Rolleston. It is located about 110 km from the exact midpoint by road.

The distance from Rolleston to Sydney is 1,316 km and driving will take about 14 h 53 min. The road between Rolleston and Cairns has length 1,096 km and will take approximately 12 h 27 min.

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Where is Sydney in relation to Cairns?

Sydney is located 1,962 km south-east of Cairns.

Sydney has geographic coordinates: latitude -33.86796, longitude 151.21005.

Cairns has geographic coordinates: latitude -16.9205, longitude 145.77189.

Which highway goes from Sydney to Cairns?

The route from Sydney to Cairns follows A7, A1, A55, B51, A15, A6, M1, 46, A39.

Other minor sections pass along the road:

  • M15: 39 km
  • 25: 13 km
  • A2: 6 km
  • B56: 2 km
  • 49: 2 km
  • A4: 2 km
  • A38: 1 km
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