Driving distances in Australia... you wonder how far it is from Perth to Sydney, or from Adelaide to Alice Springs?
Although Australia is the world's smallest continent, it is a big country, I already told you :-). Driving in Australia needs a bit planning, especially for visitors from overseas who are not used to drive these vast distances. I'd love to help you.
In the chart below you get a quick overview about the distances between the major cities. But don't stop here, I'll give you much more tips to help you to plan your journey.
|KM From / To||Adelaide||Alice Springs||Brisbane||Darwin||Melbourne||Perth||Sydney|
The numbers in the chart might vary slightly from map to map, depending on where in a large city they start to measure the distance. These days I often use online map services for a rough estimate of driving time and distance. However, for detailed planning, I just prefer a road atlas or regional map, the latter often give info about attractions along the way.
As a traveller in Australia you won't just drive from A to B. You will certainly explore and detour to highlights along your way. So the trip from Sydney to Brisbane for example, can easily result in 1200 km or more.
Also, the table shows the quickest connections. Between some cities you have the choice of different routes, whereas sometimes you just have to take that one highway available, unless you are ready for major detours.
Here are some route suggestions between the major cities in Australia. Distances are measured from/to the central business district (CBD) in each city. This might explain variations from other map sources. Driving times are suggestions, you need to adapt these to your personal likings.
Now when you finish this tour you can proudly say "traversed Australia", or at least "I crossed the Nullarbor" when you only go from Perth to Adelaide.
Total distance: 3935km
Driving time: 42 hours
Time required: 6 days minimum
Crossing Australia from the south to the north lets you experience the different climate zones. You will also get a great Outback feeling.
Total distance: 3027km
Driving time: 35 hours
Time required: 4-5 days minimum
This is another long-distance journey that takes you through some wonderful Outback regions. There are very lonely stretches along the way, so make sure you carry some food, water and have enough fuel.
Total distance: 3933km
Driving time: 46 hours
Time required: 5-6 days minimum