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Getting Around Australia

With a land mass close to 8 million square kilometres, 32 times that of the UK, getting around Australia can be a daunting task. Many travellers get around Australia using a car or a camper, however, this can be a daunting task especially for people with limited time available. The distance table and links to transoprt providers and map services below will help you plan your trip with the time you have available.

Distance Table

Kilometres to Miles Conversion
Kilometres 10 55 100 255 550
Miles 6 35 60 160 340
Distances and Travel Times Between Centres
From Destination Road Distance By Air By Car/Coach By Rail
Hours/Kilometres Kms Hrs Hrs Hrs
Sydney Adelaide 1412 1.4 24 25.3
Sydney Brisbane 982 1.5 17 16
Sydney Canberra 286 .6 4.2 4.3
Sydney Melbourne 872 1.1 14.3 10.5
Adelaide Perth 2781 3.1 35 38
Adelaide Alice Springs 1533 2 20 20.25
Adelaide Brisbane 2045 2.15 33.3 40
Brisbane Gold Coast 98 .3 1.4 1.5
Brisbane Cairns 1716 2.05 25 32
Melbourne Adelaide 731 1.05 9.3 12
Melbourne Hobart 610 1.05 N/A N/A
Darwin Alice Springs 1488 1.55 19 N/A



Google Maps
A service offering powerful, user-friendly mapping technology and local business information-including business locations, contact information, and driving directions. Provides comprehensive maps and allows you to identify specific blocks of land on the map when you type in an address.

Whereis Street Atlas
This is a very useful service that allows you to search for a specific address or a region within Australia. The database currently covers capital cities and some popular destinations such as the Gold Coast.

Australian Tourist Commission
A range of detailed maps covering capital cities and the surrounding regions.

Transport Providers

Domestic Airlines
A directory of Domestic Airlines operating flights in Australia.

Rail Services
A directory of Train services operating throughout Australia.

City Transport
A directory of public and private transport providers operating in Australia's capital cities.

Car Hire
A directory of car/campervan rental operators, chauffered limousines and taxi services.

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