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Driving in Australia

Q. Driving Distances >>

How Far to Travel in a Day

Australia is roughly the size of continental USA but with a population of greater Los Angeles with most of that population located on the eastern sea board. So be prepared for long distances across open country with little population in-between.

Driver fatigue has been the cause of 20% of all traffic accidents. If you are going to be driving long distances it is recommended that you have more than one licensed driver and that you share the driving, giving each other a chance to rest. If this is not possible, you should rest every two hours giving yourself a 15 minute break even when close to your destination.

The amount you would like to cover in a day obviously varies according to the nature of your holiday. Assume if you are on the open road in your campervan that you will be covering between 80 and 90 kilometres an hour, stops permitting. We would not recommend you travel no more than 4 or 5 hours in a day. Any further and the drive just becomes a tedious chore, and you fail to acknowledge or appreciate the scenery you are driving through. An ideal distance is between 200 and 400 kilometres, as that way you cover a fair distance but not enough to tire you out.

Play it safe with your driving, take the time to enjoy the passing landscape, and your holiday will be all the better for it!

Location

Adelaide

Alice
Springs

Brisbane

Cairns

Canberra

Darwin

Melbourne

Perth

Sydney

Adelaide

-

1533/16

2044/23

3143/38

1204/16

3042/24

728/9

2725/30

1427/14

Alice
Springs

1533/16

-

3100/37

2500/30

2680/32

1489/18

2270/24

3630/40

2850/32

Brisbane

2044/23

3100/37

-

1718/21

1268/16

3415/44

1669/19

4384/53

1010/11

Cairns

3143/38

2500/30

1718/21

-

2922/35

3100/37

3387/40

5954/75

2730/32

Canberra

1204/16

2680/32

1268/16

2922/35

-

3917/43

647/7

3911/43

288/3

Darwin

3042/24

1489/18

3415/44

3100/37

3917/43

-

4045/55

4250/49

3991/43

Melbourne

728/9

2270/24

1669/19

3387/40

647/7

4045/55

-

3430/39

963/9

Perth

2725/30

3630/40

4384/53

5954/75

3911/43

4250/49

3430/39

-

4110/44

Sydney

1427/15

2850/32

1010/11

2730/32

288/3

3991/43

963/9

4110/44

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Please note that times and distances are approximations and will vary depending upon road conditions and time of year. It is suggested that you should check with local authorities before travelling in remote areas. (Multiply by 0.621 for Mile equivalent).

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