How to travel from Ballarat to Palm Cove, Australia

The distance between Ballarat and Palm Cove is around 2,854km (1,773 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take the train and then fly which takes around 7h 5m.

3 routes found

We've found 3 different ways to get from Ballarat to Palm Cove by train, plane, bus and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Train and Plane

Take the train to Footscray then fly from Avalon (AVV) to Cairns (CNS).

  • Duration7h 5m
  • Flight time4h 20m
  • Typical cost
    A$705($475)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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Bus

Take the bus to Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St, Sydney then Brisbane and then to Cairns.

  • Duration2 days 13h
  • Departs4 times a week
  • Typical cost
    A$490($330)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Drive

Drive to Palm Cove.

  • Duration1 day 10h
  • Distance2,854km (1,773 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Ballarat and Palm Cove

There are several options for getting from Ballarat to Palm Cove by train, plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around A$490 ($330) and will take around 2 days 13h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can take the train and then fly and arrive in approximately 7h 5m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately A$705 ($475).

The distance between Ballarat and Palm Cove is around 2,854km (1,773 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 2,321km (1,442 miles)

It takes around 7h 5m to get from Ballarat and Palm Cove by train and plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 day 10h to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Ballarat to Palm Cove is to take the train and then fly which takes around 7h 5m and will set you back approx A$705 ($475).

The cheapest way to travel between Ballarat and Palm Cove, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around A$490 ($330) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Ballarat and Palm Cove. We recommend that you take the train to Footscray then fly from Avalon (AVV) to Cairns (CNS). instead which will take 7h 5m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Ballarat and Palm Cove. It typically takes around 2 days 13h and departs 4 times a week.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Ballarat to Palm Cove. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Southern Cross Coach Terminal/Spencer St, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns. These services run 4 times a week and will take a minimum of 2 days 13h.

V/Line, Firefly Express, Premier Motor Service, NSW TrainLink and Greyhound Australia run regular bus services between Ballarat and Palm Cove. Buses run 4 times a week and take around 2 days 13h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from Ballarat to Palm Cove. We recommend that you take the train to Footscray then fly from Avalon (AVV) to Cairns (CNS). instead which will take 7h 5m.

The closest major airport to Palm Cove is Cairns Airport (CNS) (CNS) which is approximately 17km (11 miles) from Palm Cove. Cooktown Airport (CTN) (CTN) and Palm Island Airport (PMK) (PMK) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

Drive yourself

Yes it is possible to drive from Ballarat and Palm Cove. The distance is around 2,854km (1,773 miles) by road and it will take around 1 day 10h in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Ballarat to Palm Cove is to take the train and then fly which takes, on average, 7h 5m and will usually cost around A$705 ($475).

How do I get from Ballarat to Palm Cove

Compare travel optionsbetween Ballarat and Palm Cove

Transport options from Ballarat to Palm Cove
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Train and Plane
7h 5m
A$705($475)
every 20 mins2,912km (1,809 miles)
Bus
2 days 13h
A$490($330)
4 times a week4,061km (2,523 miles)
Drive
1 day 10h
A$540($365)
on demand2,854km (1,773 miles)

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Airports near Palm Cove

The following major airports near Palm Cove offer regular flights to various popular destinations within Australia and internationally.

CNS
Cairns Airport (CNS)
International Airport
Distance
17km (11 miles) from Palm Cove
CTN
Cooktown Airport (CTN)
Domestic Airport
Distance
154km (96 miles) from Palm Cove
PMK
Palm Island Airport (PMK)
Domestic Airport
Distance
243km (151 miles) from Palm Cove