Distance between Gladstone and Cairns
The distance from Gladstone to Cairns is 1,178 kilometers by road including 23 kilometers on motorways. Road takes approximately 13 hours and 39 minutes and goes through Rockhampton, Mount Larcom, Bajool, Kawana, Parkhurst, The Caves and Yaamba.
Shortest distance by air  959 km ✈️ 
Car route length  1,178 km 🚗 
Driving time  13 h 39 min 
Fuel amount  94.2 L 
Fuel cost  159.2 AUD 
Point  Distance  Time  Fuel  
Gladstone  0 km  00 min  0.0 L  
58 32 km, 24 min


Mount Larcom  32 km  24 min  2.0 L  
58 A1 42 km, 28 min


Bajool  74 km  52 min  5.7 L  
A1 34 km, 23 min


Rockhampton  108 km  1 h 16 min  8.5 L  
A1 6 km, 04 min


Kawana  115 km  1 h 21 min  9.0 L  
A1 5 km, 03 min


Parkhurst  120 km  1 h 24 min  9.3 L  
A1 15 km, 10 min


The Caves  134 km  1 h 35 min  10.3 L  
A1 17 km, 12 min


Yaamba  152 km  1 h 48 min  11.4 L  
A1 57 km, 39 min


Marlborough  208 km  2 h 27 min  15.9 L  
A1 969 km, 11 h 11 min


Cairns  1,178 km  13 h 39 min  94.0 L 
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to drive from Gladstone to Cairns?
Fuel cost: 159.2 AUD
This fuel cost is calculated as: (Route length 1,178 km / 100 km) * (Fuel consumption 8 L/100 km) * (Fuel price 1.69 AUD / L)
You can adjust fuel consumption and fuel price here.
How long is a car ride from Gladstone to Cairns?
Driving time: 13 h 39 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 = 11 min
 820 km with a maximum speed 90 km/h = 9 h 6 min
 299 km with a maximum speed 80 km/h = 3 h 44 min
 15 km with a maximum speed 70 km/h = 12 min
 23 km with a maximum speed 60 km/h = 23 min
The calculated driving time does not take into account intermediate stops and traffic jams.
How far is Gladstone to Cairns by land?
The distance between Gladstone and Cairns is 1,178 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 Gladstone and Cairns respectively.
How far is Gladstone to Cairns by plane?
The shortest distance (air line, as the crow flies) between Gladstone and Cairns is 959 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 Gladstone and Cairns respectively. Actual distance between airports may be different.
How many hours is Gladstone from Cairns by plane?
Boeing 737 airliner needs 1 h 11 min to cover the distance of 959 km at a cruising speed of 800 km/h.
Small plane "Cessna 172" needs 4 h 21 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 Gladstone to Cairns?
Fast helicopter "Eurocopter AS350" or "Hughes OH6 Cayuse" need 3 h 59 min to cover the distance of 959 km at a cruising speed of 240 km/h.
Popular "Robinson R44" needs 4 h 34 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 Gladstone and Cairns?
The halfway point between Gladstone and Cairns is Debella. It is located about 8 km from the exact midpoint by road.
The distance from Debella to Gladstone is 597 km and driving will take about 6 h 58 min. The road between Debella and Cairns has length 580 km and will take approximately 6 h 41 min.
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Where is Gladstone in relation to Cairns?
Gladstone is located 959 km southeast of Cairns.
Gladstone has geographic coordinates: latitude 23.84317, longitude 151.25613.
Cairns has geographic coordinates: latitude 16.9205, longitude 145.77189.
Which highway goes from Gladstone to Cairns?
The route from Gladstone to Cairns follows A1.
Other minor sections pass along the road:
 58: 32 km
 64: 14 km
 70: 6 km