Driving to Cairns

We are all about having the best holidays so we never picked the quickest route we always picked the most scenic route you will find out why if you decide to follow our guide.

With so many great destinations along the way, driving to Cairns is a great way to see the best of Australia.

Sydney to Cairns

the distance of 2636 kilometres via the coastal road Pacific Highway and then the Bruce Highway (  miles) taking approximately 29 hours and 9 minutes of driving time.

Brisbane to Cairns 1702 kilometres via the Bruce Highway 19:30 hours driving time.

Melbourne to Cairns

We choose a route that took us via Eden, Kangaroo Valley, Sydney, Coffs Harbour, North Stradbroke Island, Brisbane, Fraser Island, Whitsunday Islands and then to Cairns.  A distance of 4074 kilometres driving time of 52 hours and 48 minutes

Cairns to Port Douglas


Townsville to Cairns

Cairns to Atherton Tablelands

Whitsundays to Cairns

Car hire in Cairns

you can pick up a rental car from the airport when you arrive or there are several car hire companies in the Cairns city.

Parking in Cairns

Parking in Cairns is easy most of the time. However, you do need to watch the time as the parking inspectors will be quite happy to put a ticket on your car if you overstay the time and the tickets are quite expensive.  There are signed areas that P3, for example, means that you can park there for 3 hours.  There are also areas on Abbott and Lake Street in the middle of the road that are not signed that you can park all day in.