Captain Cook Highway

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Captain Cook Highway
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Captain Cook Highway (green on black)
General information
Type Highway
Length 75 km (47 mi)
Route number(s)
  • State Route 44 (Mossman - Smithfield)
  • National Route 1 (Smithfield - Cairns)
Major junctions
North end Mossman-Daintree Road, Mossman

Mossman-Mt Molloy Rd (State Route 44)
Kennedy Highway (National Route 1)

Kamerunga Road (State Route 91)
South end Bruce Highway (National Highway A1), Cairns
Major settlements Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Smithfield
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Queensland

Captain Cook Highway is a short Queensland highway that starts in Cairns and ends in Mossman, where it joins Mossman-Daintree Road, which continues to Daintree.[1][2]

Captain Cook Highway is used by many tourists to travel to Port Douglas north of Cairns. Apart from being a vital link between two tourist locations, Captain Cook Highway is a scenic highway that winds alongside the coast of the tropical seaside rainforest heading towards Port Douglas and Daintree National Park.

Route description[edit]

The highway commences at the end of the A1 Bruce Highway, in Cairns. It runs north through Cairns to the suburb of Smithfield as National Route 1. From there it continues as State Route 44 through the beachside suburbs of Kewarra Beach and Palm Cove, and then follows the coast to Port Douglas. It then proceeds to Mossman where it terminates.

Major intersections[edit]

LGA Location km mi Destinations Notes
Cairns Cairns 0 0 Bruce Highway (Florence Street) (National Route A1) - south-west - Woree /
Sheridan Street - south-east - Cairns CBD /
Florence Street - north-east - Cairns waterfront
Southern end of Captain Cook Highway (National Route 1)
Barron River 6.9 4.3 William Walter Mason Bridges
Cairns Smithfield 12.1 7.5 Brinsmead Kamerunga Road (State Route 91) - south - Kamerunga
13.1 8.1 Kennedy Highway (National Route 1) - west - Kuranda Captain Cook Highway continues north as State Route 44
Douglas Port Douglas 61.1 38.0 Port Douglas Road - north-east - Port Douglas
Bonnie Doon / Shannonvale / Cassowary boundary 71.2 44.2 Mossman Mount Molloy Road (State Route 44) - south - Mount Molloy Captain Cook Highway continues west with no route number
Mossman 75.4 46.9 Mill Street - east - Mossman CBD /
Mossman Daintree Road (Foxton Avenue) - north-west - Daintree /
Junction Road - north-east - Bonnie Doon
Northern end of Captain Cook Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hema, Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3. 
  2. ^ Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maps

External links[edit]

Media related to Captain Cook Highway at Wikimedia Commons