Distance between Townsville and Cairns
The distance from Townsville to Cairns is 348 kilometers by road including 4 kilometers on motorways. Road takes approximately 4 hours and 2 minutes and goes through Currajong, Bohle, Ingham, Cardwell, Tully, El Arish and Gordonvale.
Shortest distance by air  283 km ✈️ 
Car route length  348 km 🚗 
Driving time  4 h 2 min 
Fuel amount  27.8 L 
Fuel cost  46.8 AUD 
Point  Distance  Time  Fuel  
Townsville  0 km  00 min  0.0 L  
14 6 km, 04 min


Currajong  6 km  04 min  0.4 L  
14 5 km, 03 min


Bohle  11 km  08 min  0.7 L  
14 A1 103 km, 1 h 09 min


Ingham  114 km  1 h 17 min  8.5 L  
A1 50 km, 34 min


Cardwell  164 km  1 h 52 min  12.6 L  
A1 45 km, 31 min


Tully  209 km  2 h 23 min  16.4 L  
A1 15 km, 10 min


El Arish  224 km  2 h 33 min  17.5 L  
A1 99 km, 1 h 09 min


Gordonvale  323 km  3 h 43 min  25.4 L  
A1 8 km, 06 min


Wrights Creek  331 km  3 h 49 min  26.3 L  
A1 16 km, 12 min


Cairns  348 km  4 h 02 min  27.7 L 
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to drive from Townsville to Cairns?
Fuel cost: 46.8 AUD
This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 348 km / 100 km) * (Fuel consumption 8 L/100 km) * (Fuel price 1.68 AUD / L)
You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.
How long is a car ride from Townsville to Cairns?
Driving time: 4 h 2 min
This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.
 275 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 3 h 3 min
 51 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 38 min
 7 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 5 min
 14 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 13 min
The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.
How far is Townsville to Cairns by land?
The distance between Townsville and Cairns is 348 km by road including 4 km on motorways.
Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Townsville and Cairns respectively.
How far is Townsville to Cairns by plane?
The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Townsville and Cairns is 283 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 Townsville and Cairns respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.
How many hours is Townsville from Cairns by plane?
Boeing 737 airliner needs 21 min to cover the distance of 283 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.
Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 1 h 17 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 Townsville to Cairns?
Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH6 Cayuse" need 1 h 10 min to cover the distance of 283 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
Popular "Robinson R44" needs 1 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 Townsville and Cairns?
The halfway point between Townsville and Cairns is Cardwell. It is located about 10 km from the exact midpoint by road.
The distance from Cardwell to Townsville is 164 km and driving will take about 1 h 51 min. The road between Cardwell and Cairns has length 184 km and will take approximately 2 h 10 min.
The other cities located close to halfway point:
Where is Townsville in relation to Cairns?
Townsville is located 283 km southeast of Cairns.
Townsville has geographic coordinates: latitude 19.25694, longitude 146.82395.
Cairns has geographic coordinates: latitude 16.9205, longitude 145.77189.
Which highway goes from Townsville to Cairns?
The route from Townsville to Cairns follows A1.
Other minor sections pass along the road:
 14: 11 km