Captain Cook Highway
Captain Cook Highway
|The highway at Craiglie near Port Douglas|
Captain Cook Highway (green on black)
|Length||75 km (47 mi)|
|South end||Bruce Highway (Queensland Highway A1), Cairns|
|North end||Mossman-Daintree Road, Mossman|
|Major settlements||Smithfield, Palm Cove, Port Douglas|
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.
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.
|Cairns||Cairns||0||0.0|| 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 River||6.9||4.3||William Walter Mason Bridges|
|Cairns||Smithfield||12.1||7.5|| Cairns Western Arterial Road (State Route 91) - south - Kamerunga / |
Smithfield Bypass - north - Smithfield/Trinity Park
|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 / |
|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|
- Hema, Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3.
- Queensland Government - Department of Transport and Main Roads - Maps
- Google (20 July 2017). "Bonnie Doon / Shannonvale / Cassowary tripoint" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
Media related to Captain Cook Highway at Wikimedia Commons