Written by Hannah Twiggs

Quarterly petrol prices highest in a year: New data reveals where to fuel up this Easter long weekend

Home > Blog > Quarterly petrol prices highest in a year: New data reveals where to fuel up this Easter long weekend

Hannah Twiggs

Motorists in Sydney and Perth can look forward to the weekend ahead with prices expected to be towards their lowest in the petrol cycle, while drivers in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide are being advised to top up only what they need to – not fill up – according to the latest quarterly petrol analysis from comparethemarket.com.au.

The free comparison website, which updates its petrol price data three times daily across all major Australian cities, analysed the average cents per litre (cpl) of unleaded petrol from 25 December 2017 to 25 March 2018. The data was sourced across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra, to find out which parts of the country were the cheapest, and where prices are sitting in the cycle ahead of the Easter long weekend[1].

Prices in Sydney and Perth are on a downward trend and should be nearing the bottom of the cycle leading into the Easter long weekend. Petrol prices in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane are peaking at the top of the cycle and will ease slightly toward the end of the week, but won’t be near their lowest point in the price cycle.

Motorists in Sydney were paying an average of 133.5cpl at the bowser over the quarter – the second cheapest around the country. The most expensive sub-regions were the Eastern Suburbs (138.4cpl) and north of the city, while petrol was 6.9cpl less in Fairfield-Liverpool at 131.5cpl. Later this week will be the best time to fill up the tank as prices near the bottom of the cycle. With prices as low as 119.5cpl in Condell Park and as high as 143.5cpl in Dural, motorists are being advised to shop around for the best price.

Drivers in the Victorian capital are being urged to hold off filling up their tanks for as long as possible and only fill up as much as they need. Prices in Melbourne are nearing the top of the cycle early this week and should ease slightly into the weekend. Melbourne petrol prices sat at around 136.3cpl over the quarter, with Vermont being the cheapest sub-region to fill up at 132.9cpl. The sub-region that paid the highest for petrol over the quarter was Greensborough and Ivanhoe at 138.1cpl.

As part of the Brisbane petrol price cycle, prices are currently at the top but should start to ease off slightly leading into the Easter long weekend. Motorists are being urged to only fill up as much as they need to and shop around for the cheapest prices. Mango Hill was recorded as having the cheapest petrol price however; this is still as high as 141.3cpl. Over the quarter, however, the sub-region of South West Brisbane had the lowest price at 135.6cpl.

Adelaide residents have been paying the least for fuel over the quarter, with the average price for petrol around 131.4cpl. The best deals were found in the Western and Beach suburbs, with prices sitting around 129.3cpl, while motorists in the Southern Suburbs were being slugged 132.4cpl. Like Brisbane and Melbourne, petrol prices are currently peaking at the top of the price cycle and motorists should top up rather than fill up over the weekend until prices ease further.

Perth residents are in for an Easter treat with prices expected to fall over the long weekend, but motorists shouldn’t hold out for too long as prices should peak again next Tuesday. There was little variance in prices across the city, with motorists in the South region paying around 137.2cpl over the quarter and those in the East region a little less at around 136.0cpl. As of early this week the cheapest suburb to fill up the tank was South Lake, where prices were as low as 120.8cpl.

Relative to the other capital cities compared, petrol prices in Canberra have been high over the last quarter, with the average price for fuel around 148.3cpl. There’s likely little relief in sight, but by shopping around, motorists can expect to save around 20cpl at some servos. As of early this week, Fyshwick is the cheapest suburb to fill up the tank, at 139.9cpl, while prices in suburbs such as Tuggeranong, Holt and Belconnen were around 149.9cpl.

Comparethemarket.com.au household savings expert Abigail Koch said: “While some capital cities might be at the bottom of the petrol price cycle this long weekend, most motorists will likely get slugged at the bowser. Our petrol analysis reveals prices over the quarter were at their highest in over a year – with the average price across the country sitting at 137.4 cpl.

“Petrol prices in most capital cities, excluding Canberra, run on a cycle of seven days to seven weeks. As part of the cycle, prices around the country should ease leading into Easter, but only Sydney and Perth prices will be at their lowest in the cycle. With school holidays in some states also kicking off this weekend, we recommend drivers across the country compare prices on comparethemarket.com.au, before heading out on the road, to avoid paying more than they need to for fuel.”

Quarterly average price for ULP in major capital cities between 25 December 2017 and 25 March 2018

City 3 month ULP average (cpl)
Sydney 133.5
Melbourne 136.3
Brisbane 137.6
Adelaide 131.4
Perth 137.0
Canberra 148.3


Sub-regions with the lowest ULP average between 25 December 2017 and 25 March 2018

City Sub-region 3 month ULP average (cpl)
Sydney Fairfield-Liverpool 131.5
Melbourne Vermont 132.9
Brisbane South West Brisbane 135.6
Adelaide Western and Beach Suburbs 129.3
Perth East Region 136.0

Sub-regions with the highest ULP average between 25 December 2017 and 25 March 2018

City Sub-region 3 month ULP average (cpl)
Sydney Eastern Suburbs 138.4
Melbourne Greensborough and Ivanhoe 138.1
Brisbane North West Brisbane 138.5
Adelaide Southern Suburbs 132.4
Perth South region 137.2


Suburbs with the lowest average ULP price on Monday morning 26 March 2018

City Suburb ULP average price Monday morning (cpl)
Sydney Condell Park 119.5
Melbourne Bacchus Marsh 129.9
Brisbane Mango Hill 141.3
Adelaide Plympton 120.9
Perth South Lake 120.8
Canberra Fyshwick 139.9


Suburbs with the highest average ULP price on Monday morning 26 March 2018

City Suburb ULP average price Sunday evening
Sydney Dural 143.5
Melbourne Craigieburn 149.9
Melbourne Cranbourne 149.9
Melbourne Cranbourne West 149.9
Melbourne Dandenong North 149.9
Melbourne Diamond Creek 149.9
Melbourne Carrum Downs 149.9
Melbourne Cheltenham North 149.9
Melbourne Balwyn 149.9
Melbourne Altona North 149.9
Melbourne Berwick 149.9
Melbourne Brunswick East 149.9
Melbourne Karingal 149.9
Melbourne Kealba 149.9
Melbourne Kew 149.9
Melbourne Highett 149.9
Melbourne Healesville 149.9
Melbourne Hampton 149.9
Melbourne Hastings 149.9
Melbourne Gisborne 149.9
Melbourne Gardenvale 149.9
Melbourne Footscray 149.9
Melbourne Endeavour Hills 149.9
Melbourne South Melbourne 149.9
Melbourne South Yarra 149.9
Melbourne Rye 149.9
Melbourne Scoresby 149.9
Melbourne Rosebud 149.9
Melbourne Truganina 149.9
Melbourne St Kilda 149.9
Melbourne Wyndham Vale 149.9
Melbourne Yarraville 149.9
Melbourne Moorabbin 149.9
Melbourne Melton 149.9
Melbourne Mentone 149.9
Melbourne Narre Warren 149.9
Melbourne Narre Warren North 149.9
Melbourne Lilydale 149.9
Melbourne Laverton North 149.9
Melbourne Langwarrin 149.9
Melbourne Malvern 149.9
Melbourne Lyndhurst 149.9
Melbourne Mornington 149.9
Adelaide Bolivar 149.9
Adelaide Broadview 149.9
Adelaide Cavan 149.9
Adelaide Christies Beach 149.9
Adelaide Dry Creek 149.9
Adelaide Edwardstown 149.9
Adelaide Elizabeth 149.9
Adelaide Gilles Plains 149.9
Adelaide Hillcrest 149.9
Adelaide Holden Hill 149.9
Adelaide Largs Bay 149.9
Adelaide Mawson Lakes 149.9
Adelaide Modbury 149.9
Adelaide Morphett Vale 149.9
Adelaide Norwood 149.9
Adelaide O’Halloran Hill 149.9
Adelaide Para Hills 149.9
Adelaide Pooraka 149.9
Adelaide Prospect 149.9
Adelaide Reynella 149.9
Adelaide Salisbury 149.9
Adelaide Salisbury Downs 149.9
Adelaide Seaford 149.9
Adelaide St Marys 149.9
Adelaide Stepney 149.9
Adelaide Stirling 149.9
Adelaide West Beach 149.9
Adelaide West Lakes 149.9
Brisbane Redcliffe 149.9
Brisbane Rochedale South 149.9
Brisbane Park Ridge 149.9
Brisbane Mount Gravatt East 149.9
Brisbane Murarrie 149.9
Brisbane Murrumba Downs 149.9
Brisbane Narangba 149.9
Brisbane Milton 149.9
Brisbane Lawnton 149.9
Brisbane Loganholme 149.9
Brisbane Lytton 149.9
Brisbane Mackenzie 149.9
Brisbane Slacks Creek 149.9
Brisbane Springwood 149.9
Brisbane Rocklea 149.9
Brisbane Stafford 149.9
Brisbane Strathpine 149.9
Brisbane Sunnybank 149.9
Brisbane The Gap 149.9
Brisbane Tingalpa 149.9
Brisbane Underwood 149.9
Brisbane Upper Mount Gravatt 149.9
Brisbane Waterford West 149.9
Brisbane Wynnum 149.9
Brisbane Wishart 149.9
Brisbane Woodridge 149.9
Brisbane Kippa-Ring 149.9
Brisbane Kingston 149.9
Brisbane Kenmore 149.9
Brisbane Hamilton 149.9
Brisbane Indooroopilly 149.9
Brisbane Kallangur 149.9
Brisbane East Brisbane 149.9
Brisbane Eagle Farm 149.9
Brisbane Graceville 149.9
Brisbane Greenslopes 149.9
Brisbane Geebung 149.9
Brisbane Birkdale 149.9
Brisbane Alexandra Hills 149.9
Brisbane Arana Hills 149.9
Brisbane Banyo 149.9
Brisbane Camp Hill 149.9
Brisbane Cannon Hill 149.9
Brisbane Capalaba 149.9
Brisbane Carina 149.9
Brisbane Cleveland 149.9
Perth Karragullen 134.9
Canberra Wanniassa 149.9
Canberra Tuggeranong 149.9
Canberra Gungahlin 149.9
Canberra Holt 149.9
Canberra Braddon 149.9
Canberra Belconnen 149.9
Canberra Dickson 149.9


* Original data supplied by MotorMouth Pty Ltd


For interviews and more information, please contact:
Neneh McGuire | +61 2 9279 3330 | +61 404 433 263|

About comparethemarket.com.au
Comparethemarket.com.au is an online comparison service that takes the hard work out of shopping around. We help Australians to quickly and easily compare and buy products from a wide range of providers. Our easy-to-use comparison tool enables consumers to find a product that best suits their needs and their back pocket. We’re also in the business of comparing personal finance products, utilities and can help find the lowest fuel prices in your area. Whether it’s car, health or home & contents insurance, we provide a completely free service, that empowers Australians to make buying decisions with greater trust, knowledge and savings. We’ve got your back, simples.


[1] This commentary is speculative given fuel prices for the future are subject to various factors

Related Posts