There are 3 ways to get from Melbourne to Cooktown by plane or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Cairns, drive  •  9 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Cairns (CNS) MEL - CNS
  2. Drive from Cairns to Cooktown

$128 - $459

2 alternative options

Fly to Cooktown  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Cooktown (CTN) MEL - CTN

$190 - $245

Drive  •  38 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Melbourne to Cooktown 2033.4 miles

$290 - $420

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Cooktown, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Okapi Airlines and three other airlines fly from Melbourne to Cooktown every 3 hours.

Airlines
Okapi Airlines
Flights from Melbourne to Cooktown via Cairns
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $330
Flights from Melbourne to Cooktown via Sydney, Cairns
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $320
Flights from Melbourne to Cooktown via Brisbane, Cairns
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Flights from Melbourne to Cairns via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $550

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Melbourne to Cooktown?

The distance between Melbourne and Cooktown is 2484 km. The road distance is 3253 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Cooktown?

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Cooktown is to fly and drive which costs $160 - $650 and takes 9 h 28 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Melbourne to Cooktown?

The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Cooktown is to fly which takes 6 h 51 min and costs $250 - $330.

How long does it take to get from Melbourne to Cooktown?

It takes approximately 9 h 28 min to get from Melbourne to Cooktown, including transfers.