Captain Cook Highway

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Captain Cook Highway

Captain Cook Highway, Craiglie, 2015.JPG
The highway at Craiglie near Port Douglas
Captain Cook Highway (green on black)
General information
Length75 km (47 mi)
Route number(s)
  • (Cairns - Kennedy Highway Junction/Smithfield Shopping Centre roundabout
  • State Route 44 (Smithfield - Mossman)
Major junctions
South end Bruce Highway (Queensland Highway A1), Cairns
North endMossman-Daintree Road, Mossman
Major settlementsSmithfield, Palm Cove, Port Douglas
Highway system

The Captain Cook Highway is a short, regional highway in Queensland which originates in Cairns and terminates in Mossman, where it joins Mossman-Daintree Road, continuing to Daintree.[1][2]

The Captain Cook Highway is used to connect the CBD of Cairns to the Northern Beaches; a collection of suburbs which comprise the northern section of Cairns. It is also used by many tourists travelling to the town of Port Douglas, north of Cairns. Apart from being a vital link between two tourist locations, the 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 Captain Cook Highway commences at the northern end of the Bruce Highway (Mulgrave Road), in the Cairns CBD. It runs through the CBD and the suburbs of Cairns North and Aeroglen as Sheridan Street, with a speed limit of 60km/h. In this section, it intersects with Airport Drive, providing a connection to Cairns Airport. After the intersection with Aeroglen Drive, the northerly and southerly directions of the highway become separated by a median and the speed limit increases to 80km/h. It runs as National Route 1 north past the suburbs of Machans Beach, Holloways Beach, and Yorkeys Knob, until it reaches the intersection of the Cairns Western Arterial Road towards the Redlynch Valley.

As of November 25th, 2021, the highway branches off from this intersection onto the Smithfield Bypass; a two-lane section of highway which follows a path to the east of the Smithfield business center.

The original route continues north to the intersection of the Kennedy Highway in Smithfield, next to the Smithfield Shopping Centre. From this intersection, the highway continues north to the intersection of McGregor road, next to James Cook University, where it joins with the Smithfield Bypass. The two routes recombine and continue north as State Route 44 past the suburbs of Trinity Park, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove, and Ellis Beach. It then continues along the coast through Wangetti and Craiglie, before turning north-west to its terminus in Mossman.

Major intersections[edit]

CairnsCairns00.0 Bruce Highway (Florence Street) (Queensland Highway 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) Continues north-west as Sheridan Street.
Barron River6.94.3William Walter Mason Bridges
CairnsSmithfield12.17.5 Cairns Western Arterial Road (State Route 91) - south - Kamerunga /
Smithfield Bypass - north - Smithfield/Trinity Park
13.18.1 Kennedy Highway (National Route 1) - west - KurandaCaptain Cook Highway continues north as State Route 44
DouglasPort Douglas61.138.0Port Douglas Road - north-east - Port Douglas
Bonnie Doon / Shannonvale /
Cassowary tripoint[3]
71.244.2 Mossman Mount Molloy Road (State Route 44) - south - Mount MolloyCaptain Cook Highway continues west with no route number
Mossman75.446.9Mill 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
  •       Route transition


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
  3. ^ Google (20 July 2017). "Bonnie Doon / Shannonvale / Cassowary tripoint" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 20 July 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Captain Cook Highway at Wikimedia Commons