Distance between Cairns and Rockhampton
The distance from Cairns to Rockhampton is 1,068 kilometers by road including 23 kilometers on motorways. Road takes approximately 12 hours and 23 minutes and goes through Bentley Park, Wrights Creek, Gordonvale, El Arish, Tully, Cardwell and Ingham.
Shortest distance by air  872 km ✈️ 
Car route length  1,068 km 🚗 
Driving time  12 h 23 min 
Fuel amount  85.5 L 
Fuel cost  162.4 AUD 
Point  Distance  Time  Fuel  
Cairns  0 km  00 min  0.0 L  
A1 11 km, 08 min


Bentley Park  11 km  08 min  0.8 L  
A1 5 km, 03 min


Wrights Creek  16 km  12 min  1.0 L  
A1 8 km, 06 min


Gordonvale  25 km  18 min  1.6 L  
A1 99 km, 1 h 10 min


El Arish  124 km  1 h 28 min  9.5 L  
A1 15 km, 10 min


Tully  138 km  1 h 38 min  10.7 L  
A1 45 km, 31 min


Cardwell  184 km  2 h 09 min  14.2 L  
A1 50 km, 34 min


Ingham  234 km  2 h 44 min  18.1 L  
A1 100 km, 1 h 07 min


Shaw  334 km  3 h 51 min  26.4 L  
A1 734 km, 8 h 32 min


Rockhampton  1,068 km  12 h 23 min  85.2 L 
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to drive from Cairns to Rockhampton?
Fuel cost: 162.4 AUD
This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 1,068 km / 100 km) * (Fuel consumption 8 L/100 km) * (Fuel price 1.9 AUD / L)
You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.
How long is a car ride from Cairns to Rockhampton?
Driving time: 12 h 23 min
This time is calculated for driving at the maximum permitted speed, taking into account traffic rules restrictions.
 20 km with a maximum speed 100 km/h = 12 min
 722 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 8 h 1 min
 296 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 3 h 41 min
 12 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 10 min
 17 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 17 min
The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.
How far is Cairns to Rockhampton by land?
The distance between Cairns and Rockhampton is 1,068 km by road including 23 km on motorways.
Precise satellite coordinates of highways were used for this calculation. The start and finish points are the centers of Cairns and Rockhampton respectively.
How far is Cairns to Rockhampton by plane?
The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Cairns and Rockhampton is 872 km.
This distance is calculated using the Haversine formula as a greatcircle distance between two points on the surface of a sphere. The start and finish points are the centers of Cairns and Rockhampton respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.
How many hours is Cairns from Rockhampton by plane?
Boeing 737 airliner needs 1 h 5 min to cover the distance of 872 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.
Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 3 h 57 min to flight this distance at average speed of 220 km/h.
This time is approximate and do not take into account takeoff and landing times, airport location and other real world factors.
How long is a helicopter ride from Cairns to Rockhampton?
Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH6 Cayuse" need 3 h 38 min to cover the distance of 872 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
Popular "Robinson R44" needs 4 h 9 min to flight this distance at average speed of 210 km/h.
This time is approximate and do not take into account takeoff and landing times, aerodrome location and other real world factors.
What city is halfway between Cairns and Rockhampton?
The halfway point between Cairns and Rockhampton is Merinda. It is located about 6 km from the exact midpoint by road.
The distance from Merinda to Cairns is 540 km and driving will take about 6 h 12 min. The road between Merinda and Rockhampton has length 529 km and will take approximately 6 h 11 min.
The other cities located close to halfway point:
Where is Cairns in relation to Rockhampton?
Cairns is located 872 km northwest of Rockhampton.
Cairns has geographic coordinates: latitude 16.9205, longitude 145.77189.
Rockhampton has geographic coordinates: latitude 23.37825, longitude 150.51344.
Which highway goes from Cairns to Rockhampton?
The route from Cairns to Rockhampton follows A1.