Fuel prices peak ahead of the Easter long weekend

The State’s peak motoring body has warned south east Queensland drivers heading on an Easter road trip would be hit at the hip pocket, as service stations charged top dollar for fuel.

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The average unleaded petrol (ULP) price in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast had reached 148.2 cents per litre (cpl), 148.3cpl and 147.7cpl respectively.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said drivers had every right to be frustrated petrol prices had peaked just before the long weekend.

“Unfortunately, just as Easter and school holidays about to begin, we’ve hit the expensive phase of the south east Queensland petrol price cycle,” Ms Smith said.

“Last Easter, we were lucky to reach the cheap phase of the cycle over the break, but unfortunately, this time around, the timing’s not in our favour.”

Ms Smith said drivers who would travel over the break could save by doing some research.

“While prices are high in the south east, motorists can save money by shopping around in some of the cheaper locations. For example, servos in places like North Lakes and Mango Hill in Brisbane are selling ULP for more than 15cpl cheaper than the average,” she said.

“And if you’re travelling outside of the region this weekend, fuelling up in cheaper places like Gympie, Bundaberg and Maryborough is also going to save you dollars.”

South east Queensland ULP averages:

  • Brisbane – 148.2cpl
  • Gold Coast – 148.3cpl
  • Sunshine Coast – 147.7cpl
  • Ipswich – 147.6cpl
  • Moreton Bay – 147cpl.