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Metric Conversions

Trying to get your head around different measurements in different countries can sometimes prove challenging. The following table may help you. We suggest that if you are travelling to Cairns print this page out and place it your ticket wallet.

Cairns and in fact all of Australia operates on the metric system. Distances are measured in kilometres, temperature in Celsius and currency in dollars and cents.

To convert Celsius to Fahrenheit multiply by 1.8 and add 32.
To convert Fahrenheit to Celsius subtract 32 and halve.
Length, Distance and Area Multiply by
Inches to Centimetres 2.45
Centimetres to Inches 0.39
Feet to Metres 0.30
Metres to Feet 3.28
Yards to Metres 0.91
Metres to Yards 1.09
Miles to Kilometres 1.61
Kilometres to Miles 0.62
Acres to Hectares 0.40
Hectares to Acres 2.47
Weight Multiply by
Ounces to Grams 28.35
Grams to Ounces 0.035
Pounds to Kilograms 0.45
Kilograms to Pounds 2.21
British tons to Kilograms 1016
US Tons to Kilograms 907
Volume Multiply by
Imperial Gallons to Litres 4.55
Litres to Imperial Gallons 0.22
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