The driving distance from Sydney, Australia to Cairns, Australia is:

1,503 miles / 2 419 km

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Driving distance from Sydney, Australia to Cairns, Australia

The total driving distance from Sydney, Australia to Cairns, Australia is 1,503 miles or 2 419 kilometers.

Your trip begins in Sydney, Australia. It ends in Cairns, Australia.

If you are planning a road trip, you might also want to calculate the total driving time from Sydney, Australia to Cairns, Australia so you can see when you'll arrive at your destination.

You can also calculate the cost of driving from Sydney, Australia to Cairns, Australia based on current local fuel prices and an estimate of your car's best gas mileage.

Since this is a long drive, you might want to stop halfway and stay overnight in a hotel. You can find the city that is halfway between Sydney, Australia and Cairns, Australia.

Planning to fly a plane instead? You might be more interested in calculating the straight line distance to fly from Sydney, Australia to Cairns, Australia.

Though it is doable to drive from Sydney to Cairns we would recommend flying instead. Driving long distance in Australia is not for everyone.

You will need to adjust the way you drive because Australians drive on the left side of the road. And you’ll encounter a huge distance between each town for fuel and food stops. You may even find road signs like “Koala cross here at night.”

It takes about 3 hours to fly from Sydney to Cairns. There are 5 non-stop flights per day between both cities.

Cairns is the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef (the world’s largest coral reef system) and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Both are listed in the UNESCO Heritage List.

According to TropicalNorthQueensland, there are more than 100 ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Besides diving and snorkeling, you can view the coral reef without getting wet. Take a cruise, scenic flight or a semi-submersible and glass bottom boat tour.

Sydney, Australia

City: Sydney
State: New South Wales
Country: Australia
Category: cities

Cairns, Australia

City: Cairns
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Category: cities

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