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)
  • State Route 44 (Mossman - Smithfield)
  • (Cairns North - Kennedy Highway Junction/Smithfield Shopping Centre roundabout
  • National Route 1 (Smithfield Shopping Centre roundabout northeast - Mossman)
Major junctions
South end Bruce Highway (Queensland Highway A1), Cairns
  • Kamerunga Road (State Route 91)
  • Kennedy Highway (National Route 1)
  • Mossman-Mt Molloy Rd (State Route 44)
North endMossman-Daintree Road, Mossman
Major settlementsSmithfield, Palm Cove, Port Douglas
Highway system

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 northern end of the A1 Bruce Highway, in Cairns. It runs as the A1 north through Cairns to the suburb of Smithfield at the Smithfield Shopping Centre roundabout junction with the Kennedy Highway, crossing the south arm of the Barron River. From the Smithfield Shopping Centre roundabout north-east it continues as State Route 44 through the beachside suburbs of Kewarra Beach and Palm Cove, and then follows the coast almost to Port Douglas. It then proceeds north-west to Mossman where it terminates.

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 Brinsmead Kamerunga Road (State Route 91) - south - Kamerunga
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