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Christmas cheer at the bowser: petrol prices to slide in the run-up to Xmas

By Compare the Market | 20 Dec 2015
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Australia’s quarterly petrol analysis reveals good news for Aussies as crude oil and retail prices come into line

Comparethemarket.com.au has unveiled its final national Quarterly Petrol Analysis* for 2015 that confirms the nation’s petrol prices look set to fall during the Christmas period. Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne motorists should all see lower unleaded prices in the week of Christmas.

The news is also good for Perth, which works on a seven-day price cycle. Monday is typically the cheapest day to fill up for Perth motorists and with Christmas falling on a Friday, prices should edge downwards towards Christmas day. Pressure eased at the bowser in Perth this quarter – motorists there saw a quarter average petrol price of $126.3, down 7.2cpl on the previous quarter’s average.

Free comparison website comparethemarket.com.au, which updates petrol price data three times daily across all major Australian cities, released petrol figures which compare average fourth quarter prices (13 September to 13 December 2015) against third quarter prices this year.

Petrol prices are down compared with last quarter, with Brisbane seeing the largest average fall by 9.3cpl to 126.2cpl. In Sydney, ULP prices sit at a quarter average of 128.4cpl – 7.4cpl down from last quarter – while Melbourne’s quarter average is 124.1cpl, well down from last quarter’s average of 129.5cpl.

While the long term forecast for Christmas points to lower petrol prices, Abigail Koch, spokesperson for comparthemarket.com.au says petrol prices in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney have just hit their peak so motorists should hold off as long as possible and wait for prices to drop before filling up.

Where motorists found the cheapest petrol in their cities during the quarter?

ULP averageMelbourneSydneyBrisbaneAdelaidePerth
Lowest122.3 in Frankston Cranbourne124.3 in Hurstville124.2 in North Brisbane125.3 in Port Adelaide124.1 in City/Bayswater

In Melbourne, Frankston/Cranbourne recorded the city’s lowest average for the quarter, at 122.3cpl. However, the cheapest place to fill up today is Cranbourne where prices are a much more manageable 108.9cpl.

Sydney again had the highest average for the country as a whole, following on from last quarter, with an average price of 128.4cpl. Sydney motorists looking for a bargain should head to Milperra where prices are around 112.9cpl.

Brisbane is enjoying the lowest prices they have seen for some time and the cheapest fuel in the Queensland capital can be found at Mango Hill at price of 113.7cpl for ULP.

In Adelaide, residents in Kilburn might be able to find the cheapest petrol, with some retailers offering prices as low as 107.7cpl. Joondalup may be Perth’s cheapest suburb for petrol in the run up to Christmas with the city’s and the country’s lowest price of 109.9cpl.


ULP average prices from 13 September to 13 December 2015

City13 Sept to 13 Dec 2015 (ULP average, cpl)


City sub-regions with the highest ULP quarterly averages (13 September to 13 December 2015).

CitySub-region13 Sept to 13 Dec 2015 (ULP average, cpl)
BrisbaneSouth Brisbane127.7
SydneyEastern Suburbs132.9


City sub-regions with the lowest ULP quarterly averages (13 September to 13 December 2015).

CitySub-region13 Sept to 13 Dec 2015 (ULP average, cpl)
AdelaidePort Adelaide125.3
BrisbaneNorth Brisbane124.2
MelbourneFrankston / Cranbourne122.3
PerthCity / Bayswater124.1


*Original data supplied by MotorMouth Pty Ltd

For interviews and more information, please contact:

Eve Hanks| 02 9279 3330 | e: ehanks@theideassuite.com.au 

About ComparetheMarket.com.au
Comparethemarket.com.au is a comparison website making it easier and quicker for Australians to compare products and services they rely on in their everyday lives. Whether you’re looking for a good deal on your car insurance, health cover for you and your family, the lowest fuel prices in your area, or an energy provider that suits your needs, then go to comparethemarket.com.au. It’s a completely free service and enables Australians to make purchasing decisions with greater knowledge, confidence and savings. Comparethemarket.com.au compares more than 100 brands across ten different categories. Comparethemarket.com.au is a member of the MotorMouth Partner Network.

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