Fuel prices hike ahead of Easter long weekend

The State’s peak motoring body has warned south east Queensland drivers there would be no major relief at the petrol pump this Easter long weekend.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Brisbane market was currently in the most expensive phase of the price cycle and it was expected to continue into the four-day holiday period.

“Brisbane drivers should avoid buying unleaded at this time but we realise that can be impossible with so many people planning to take road trips ahead of the long weekend so it’s very frustrating,” Dr Michael said.

“The average unleaded price in Brisbane is sitting at 159 cents per litre (cpl) and it could sit around there for a few days yet, so we’re not expecting any major relief at the bowser before Easter.

“While the majority of retailers are charging 159.9cpl, there is cheaper to be found if drivers use the apps available and shop around.”

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Dr Michael urged drivers to ensure they planned their journey in advance and factored in when and where to fill the tank.

“If you’re heading away for the long weekend use the apps and websites available like RACQ’s Fair Fuel Finder to locate the cheapest fuel in your area because there are still a handful of sites offering a better deal,” she said.

“Think about your destination and use the apps to find out if there’s cheaper fuel there or along the way and plan to fill up accordingly.”

Drivers could download RACQ’s Fair Fuel Finder app to locate the lowest petrol prices across Queensland.