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New analysis reveals Australia’s most expensive cities for petrol

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In a climate of soaring petrol prices – by as much as 3c per litre a month in some areas – a new analysis reveals the cities in which motorists were slugged most in the June quarter.

Comparethemarket.com.au, which provides free petrol price comparisons across Australia, analysed unleaded petrol (ULP) prices across five major cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide – in the June quarter. The findings reveal an average increase of 2.6c per litre between April and June across the cities, with a quarterly average of 150.7c per litre*.

A city-by-city analysis in the same quarter reveals surprising results. It wasn’t motorists in Sydney or Melbourne who copped the highest petrol prices, but in Perth and Brisbane. At 2.8c above the national average for the quarter (153.5c per litre), Brisbane was Australia’s most expensive city for petrol. Melbourne, on the other hand, was the cheapest city for petrol, at 2.3c below the national average (148.4c per litre) for the quarter.

Adelaide came in second cheapest – at 1.1c below the national average (149.6c per litre). However, prices in Adelaide grew fastest from April to June, by a whopping 4.3c per litre, compared with the national average increase of 2.6c in the same period.

Abigail Koch, spokesperson at comparethemarket.com.au, says: “Brisbane is the city to watch in July and August. It is Australia’s most expensive city for petrol last quarter – 2.8c per litre above the national average. Brisbane petrol prices rose by 4c per litre between April and June.

“At the other end of the spectrum, Sydney was surprisingly the second-cheapest city alongside Adelaide, with an average of 149.7c per litre, and grew just 1.3c per litre from April to June – half of the national average increase. Perth, too, while it’s the second-most expensive city for petrol (a June average of 152.4c per litre), has had the slowest price increase, just 0.8c between April and June.”

Shopping around for petrol is fast becoming a necessity rather than an option for motorists. “Alongside petrol, our health insurance premiums have increased this year, and energy prices are set to increase even if the carbon tax is repealed. Shopping around for cheaper petrol means knowing where and when to top up. Rather than filling up at places you know, we recommend you research online on the day to get the best deal,” Abigail says.

*Original data supplied by MotorMouth Pty Ltd

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