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Travel Times and Distances in Australia

Many overseas visitors to Australia make the comment that they donít realise just how big Australia is. Hereís a quick table that gives the distance in kilometres and miles between major capital cities and the estimated time it takes to travel by vehicle.

These times and distances are really only approximate. Remember Australia is a huge country (as big as the US) and so the weather conditions are extremely varied depending on which state youíre travelling.



Always contact the local authorities (Department of Roads, or the Police) to check on road conditions, especially in remote areas.


Adelaide to Brisbane 2044 kilometers (1269miles). 23 hours via vehicle.
Adelaide to Canberra 1204 kilometers (747 miles) 16 hours via vehicle.
Adelaide to Darwin 3042 kilometers (1889 miles) 24 hours via vehicle.
Adelaide to Melbourne 728 kilometers (452 miles) 9 hours via vehicle.
Adelaide to Perth 2725 kilometers (1692 miles) 30 hours via vehicle
Adelaide to Sydney 1427 kilometers (886miles) 14 hours via vehicle.


Brisbane to Adelaide 2044 kilometers (1269 miles) 23 hours via vehicle.
Brisbane to Canberra 1268 kilometers (787 miles) 16 hours via vehicle.
Brisbane to Darwin 3415 kilometers (2120 miles) 40 hours via vehicle.
Brisbane to Melbourne 1669 kilometers (1036 miles) 19 hours via vehicle.
Brisbane to Perth 4384 kilometers (2722 miles) 53 hours via vehicle
Brisbane to Sydney 1010 kilometers (627 miles) 11 hours via vehicle.


Canberra to Adelaide 1204 kilometers (747 miles) 16 hours via vehicle.
Canberra to Brisbane 1268 kilometers (787 miles) 16 hours via vehicle.
Canberra to Darwin 3042 kilometers (1889 miles) 43 hours via vehicle.
Canberra to Melbourne 647 kilometers (401 miles) 7 hours via vehicle.
Canberra to Perth 3911 kilometers (2428 miles) 43 hours via vehicle
Canberra to Sydney 288 kilometers (178miles) 3 hours via vehicle.


Darwin to Adelaide 3042 kilometers (1889 miles) 24 hours via vehicle.
Darwin to Brisbane 3415 kilometers (2120 miles) 44 hours via vehicle.
Darwin to Canberra 3917 kilometers (2432 miles) 43 hours via vehicle.
Darwin to Melbourne 4045 kilometers (2511 miles) 55 hours via vehicle.
Darwin to Perth 4250 kilometers (2639 miles) 49 hours via vehicle
Darwin to Sydney 3991 kilometers (2478 miles) 43 hours via vehicle.


Melbourne to Adelaide 728 kilometers (452 miles) 9 hours via vehicle.
Melbourne to Brisbane 1669 kilometers (1036 miles) 19 hours via vehicle.
Melbourne to Canberra 647 kilometers (401miles) 7 hours via vehicle.
Melbourne to Darwin 4045 kilometers (2511 miles) 55 hours via vehicle.
Melbourne to Perth 3430 kilometers (2130 miles) 39 hours via vehicle
Melbourne to Sydney 963 kilometers (598 miles) 30 hours via vehicle.


Perth to Adelaide 2725 kilometers (1692 miles) 9 hours via vehicle.
Perth to Brisbane 4384 kilometers (2722 miles) 53 hours via vehicle.
Perth to Canberra 3911 kilometers (2428 miles) 43 hours via vehicle.
Perth to Darwin 4250 kilometers (2639 miles) 49 hours via vehicle.
Perth to Melbourne 3430 kilometers (2130 miles) 39 hours via vehicle
Perth to Sydney 4110 kilometers (2552 miles) 44 hours via vehicle.


Sydney to Adelaide 1427 kilometers (886 miles) 15 hours via vehicle.
Sydney to Brisbane 1010 kilometers (627 miles) 11 hours via vehicle.
Sydney to Canberra 288 kilometers (178 miles) 3 hours via vehicle.
Sydney to Darwin 3991 kilometers (2478 miles) 43 hours via vehicle.
Sydney to Melbourne 963 kilometers (598 miles) 9 hours via vehicle
Sydney to Perth 4110 kilometers (2552 miles) 44 hours via vehicle.

For those of you who would like to let me know that Iíve left Hobart, Tasmania out Ė I have done so because you canít drive to Tasmania. You either fly or take the car ferry.


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