Track down the best prices in your area

Paying for fuel is part and parcel of owning a car. As prices continue to trend upwards, more people are looking to save at the bowser any way they can.

Saving even a few cents per litre can add up quickly if you did the math, and every bit counts!

Comparethemarket.com.au recognises the need to stay on top of prices, so we’ve given you a fuel comparison tool that lets you locate where some of the best fuel prices are close to you.

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Simply enter your postcode and what fuel you use and we’ll help you find some of the cheapest fuel in your area.
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There’s no escaping the fact that higher fuel prices are here to stay. Sure, they fluctuate depending on world events and changes to the exchange rate, however it’s fair to say that gone are the days of cheap petrol.

In order to help you find the best prices nearest you, comparethemarket.com.au has provided an easy-to-use tool that lets you enter your postcode and type of fuel you use, returning information on some of the cheapest fuel close to you. It takes only seconds, and by checking in and using this often you could really start to save on your fuel bill over time.

We update this information three times a day. This currently applies to the following areas of Australia:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Hobart
  • Adelaide
  • Canberra
  • Darwin
  • Perth

For certain regional towns in each state we provide you with the average price of fuel for the previous day.

Compare fuel and save today, tomorrow and next week at comparethemarket.com.au!

Cheap petrol prices

Things to look out for

The price of petrol impacts all drivers, and while the factors that determine pricing is out of our hands, you can still have your shot at finding the cheapest price at the bowser if you have your finger on the pulse.

At comparethemarket.com.au, we’ve provided a simple online price comparison tool for all motorists that displays some of the cheapest prices closest to you. Just by telling us your postcode and type of fuel you use, we’ll be able to point you in the right direction in a flash!

Keeping regular tabs of prices via our online tool can pay dividends.

The early bird catches the worm!

So we’ve established there’s not much you can do about petrol prices, but there’s a way you can buck the price trend. Picking the days where prices are lower in the cycle is the easiest strategy to cut down your fuel costs long term.

Win-Win

Another advantage of being able to compare fuel prices is that for the same amount you would normally pay on your particular fuel, you could put this into a higher performing fuel and come out equal. So essentially you’re getting better performance for the same price. Who could argue with that?

Play it smart and compare your fuel at comparethemarket.com.au and start saving today.

Types of fuel

Types of fuel in Australia

The types of engines out there and the fuel they take each have their own benefits. If you’re in the market for a new car, it’s especially important to know the difference between fuels when making your purchase, as it could ultimately influence the price you pay at the bowser.

Here’s a handy guide that explains the different types of fuels you’ll find in Australia.

Unleaded petrol (ULP)

If your car takes unleaded petrol, you have plenty of options when it comes to providers, as all stations carry unleaded petrol. The newer technology of petrol engines also means they are more efficient than previous generation petrol engines, in theory driving your dollars further.

Diesel

Although you typically pay more for this type of fuel over ULP, diesel is regarded as being much more efficient. Not only that, but diesel engines inherently have more torque and therefore are ideal for carrying heavy loads or towing things such as caravans.

LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)

LPG is much cheaper than Unleaded or Diesel, however the trade-off is that you achieve less performance, and it can often take up valuable luggage space in standard vehicles. The upshot, however, is that the government offers rebates to convert to LPG, therefore making it a viable option for the price conscious.

Premium unleaded 95 and 98 fuels

Often referred to as ‘higher octane’ unleaded, these two versions of ULP contain a research octane number (RON) level of either 95 or 98; which is essentially the fuel’s resistance to ignite under high pressure. Just about all new cars can take these variations of unleaded fuel.

Ethanol (E10)

Fundamentally this fuel is unleaded petrol except it contains up to 10% of ethanol – a biofuel derived from renewable products. This represents one of the cheaper petrol options on the market, and is compatible with all new, and some older cars.

Ethanol 85% (E85)

E85 is a high-concentration biofuel blend which contains between 70% and 85% ethanol and 15% to 30% unleaded petrol. E85 (also known as flex fuel) produces less harmful emissions than unleaded petrol, but can only be used in cars that are specifically built or modified to use it.

Biodiesel (BDSL)

This type of fuel is made from natural, renewable sources that burns cleaner and contains no petroleum and is biodegradable.

Premium diesel

Premium diesel has no real power advantages over standard diesel, however it is purported to clean your engine more effectively, in turn extending its life and providing better economy and bang for buck.

At the end of the day, the price you pay for your fuel is governed more or less by the type of engine your car has, and which compatible fuel you choose to run. By quickly checking our price tool at comparethemarket.com.au, you will at least have the best chance at locating some of the cheapest fuel in your area for your particular car. Try it now – it only takes seconds!

Fuel saving tips

The quickest way to save on your fuel

At comparethemarket.com.au, you’re able to quickly see some of the cheapest fuel prices in your area. Simply enter your postcode and the type of fuel you’re after into our easy-to-use tool.

Pricing information is updated regularly, so it pays to check-in often!

Timing is everything

With petrol prices following a price cycle of up to 3 weeks, the key to getting in at the right time is to try and identify the trend in your area.

By regularly keeping watch of the fuel price tool at comparethemarket.com.au, you can easily see online when the prices are at their lowest.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to keeping on top of ever-increasing fuel prices. By following the above tips however, you will be in good stead to save as much as possible.

Preparing for an emergency

You might consider storing fuel in case of an emergency. This can be a smart idea, especially if you live in a remote area. However, keep in mind that there are certain ways to store fuel safely.

Why not bookmark this page so you can check in regularly for some of the best prices nearest you? You could end up saving yourself a good deal of money over time!

Fuel prices in Australia

Sydney

Sydney Harbour from the bridge

Sydney is Australia’s largest and most populated city; home to over 1.5 million motorists.[1]

The city typically has a 20-day pricing cycle for petrol fuels and is often ahead of all the capitals for the cheapest fuel. Sydney motorists can pay as little as 120 cents per litre (cpl) and as much as 160 cpl at the pump, or three or four cents less per litre on average than Melbourne and Brisbane drivers.[2]

Based on previous quarters from 2017 to 2019, on the lowest and highest price average for regular unleaded petrol (ULP), Sydney drivers who fill up at the low points of the cycle could save as much as $1,003 a year.

Previous quarterly data* suggests the cheapest fuel in Sydney can be found around the Fairfield-Liverpool regions, whereas motorists in the Eastern suburbs usually pay more at the bowser than anywhere else in the city. The average distance between the cheapest and most expensive sub-regions in the New South Wales capital is 32 kilometres,[3] equating to driving from Darling Harbour to Taronga Zoo and back to save a few cents at the pump.

Lowest price in Sydney over time

  • Q1 2019- Perth 133.8 cpl
  • Q4 2018- Perth 147.4 cpl
  • Q1 2018- Perth 136.0 cpl
  • Q4 2017- Perth 131.9 cpl
  • Q1 2017- Perth 130.2 cpl

Figures obtained from original data supplied by MotorMouth Pty Ltd.

 

Melbourne

Melbourne CBD

The city of Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia and has over 342 kilometres of roads.[4]

Fuel price cycles tend to be volatile in Melbourne, with abrupt peaks and irregular low points occurring outside of the city’s typical 20-day pricing cycle. It often ranks as one of the most expensive capitals to fill up at where drivers can pay anywhere between 135 cents per litre (cpl) to 160 cpl at the bowser, or on average four cents per litre more than Sydney motorists, but on par with Adelaide drivers.[5]

Based on the lowest and highest price average for regular unleaded petrol (ULP) of previous quarters (2017-2019), Melbourne motorists who fill up during low points of the cycle could save as much as $596 annually.

The most economical petrol in Melbourne can be found in suburbs South-East of the CBD, according to previous quarterly figures*, whereas motorists in the Greensborough/Ivanhoe regions and in the North-East usually pay more at the pump. The average distance between the cheapest and most expensive areas in the Victorian capital is 25 kilometres, which in peak traffic could actually end up costing more in petrol than any savings made at the pump.[6]

Lowest price in Melbourne over time

  • Q1 2019- Melbourne 132.2 cpl
  • Q4 2018- Melbourne 145.3 cpl
  • Q1 2018- Melbourne 138.1 cpl
  • Q4 2017- Melbourne 131.2 cpl
  • Q1 2017- Melbourne 126.1 cpl

Figures obtained from original data supplied by MotorMouth Pty Ltd.

 

Brisbane

Brisbane river and city

The city of Brisbane, also known as the River City, is the third most populated metropolitan in the country.

Fuel prices in Brisbane can be unpredictable with irregular peaks and falls happening outside of the city’s typical 23-day pricing cycle. Brisbane consistently ranks as the most expensive capital for petrol, with recent price trends indicating Brisbane drivers can pay between 135 cents per litre (cpl) and 160 cpl to fill up or on average four cents per litre more than Sydney motorists.[7]

Based on previous quarters from 2017 to 2019, on the lowest and highest price average for regular unleaded petrol (ULP), Brisbane drivers who fill up at the low points of the cycle could save approximately $421 a year.

Previous quarterly data* suggests the most inexpensive petrol in Brisbane can be found in South Brisbane; meanwhile motorists in the Bayside and North-West regions pay top dollar for their fuel. The average distance between the cheapest and most expensive suburbs in the Queensland capital is 23 kilometres, which is not exactly a quick trip for a better cost![8]

Lowest price in Brisbane over time

  • Q1 2019- Brisbane 133.5 cpl
  • Q4 2018- Brisbane 145.3 cpl
  • Q1 2018- Brisbane 135.6 cpl
  • Q4 2017- Brisbane 134.8 cpl
  • Q1 2017- Brisbane 126.7 cpl

Figures obtained from original data supplied by MotorMouth Pty Ltd.

 

Adelaide

Adelaide skyline

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and the fifth-most populous city of Australia.

Petrol fuel prices in Adelaide typically follow a 17-day pricing cycle, while drivers can pay between 140 cents per litre (cpl) and 160 cpl for petrol in the city or on average three cents per litre less than Perth motorists but two cents more per litre more than Melbourne drivers.[9]

Based on the lowest and highest price average for regular unleaded petrol (ULP) of previous quarters (2017-2019), Adelaide motorists who fill up during low points of the cycle could pocket back about $523 a year.

According to previous quarterly figures*, Adelaide’s Western and beach suburbs have the cheapest fuel, whereas drivers who fill up in the Eastern suburbs usually pay the highest price per litre for their tank. The average distance between the cheapest and most expensive areas in the South Australian capital is 25 kilometres; not exactly a short dash but could be worth the time in free-flowing traffic.[10]

Lowest price in Adelaide over time

  • Q1 2019- Adelaide 133.8 cpl
  • Q4 2018- Adelaide 145.1 cpl
  • Q1 2018- Adelaide 129.3 cpl
  • Q4 2017- Adelaide 131.1 cpl
  • Q1 2017- Adelaide 124.5 cpl

Figures obtained from original data supplied by MotorMouth Pty Ltd.

 

Perth

Perth Elizabeth Quay Bridge

Perth is Australia’s fourth most populated city and one of the most expensive capitals for petrol.

Fuel prices in Perth typically follow a seven-day pricing cycle which can reach highs of 165 cents per litre (cpl) and lows of 135 cpl Comparative to other cities, Perth drivers can pay on average as much as four cents per litre more than Sydney motorists.[11]

Based on previous quarters from 2017 to 2019, on the lowest and highest price average for regular unleaded petrol (ULP), Perth drivers who fill up at the low points of the cycle could save approximately $127 a year.

Going by previous quarterly figures*, the Eastern suburbs tend to have the most economical fuel prices, while motorists filling up in the North and South regions seem to pay more at the pump than anywhere else in the city. The average distance between the cheapest and most expensive suburbs in the Western Australian capital is 15 kilometres or a short 10-minute drive![12]

Lowest price in Perth over time

  • Q1 2019- Perth 133.8 cpl
  • Q4 2018- Perth 147.4 cpl
  • Q1 2018- Perth 136.0 cpl
  • Q4 2017- Perth 131.9 cpl
  • Q1 2017- Perth 130.2 cpl

Figures obtained from original data supplied by MotorMouth Pty Ltd.

 

*Previous quarterly data (2017-2019) is only an indication of the cheapest and most expensive areas to buy petrol in based on past trends, so this information should be taken as a general guide only.

Sources:
[1] ID community- Australia community profile greater Sydney (2019).
[2] FuelPrice Australia- Fuel prices in Sydney (2019).
[3] Google Maps- Sydney (2019).
[4] City of Melbourne- Roads (2019).
[5] FuelPrice Australia- Fuel prices in Melbourne (2019).
[6] Google Maps- Melbourne (2019).
[7] FuelPrice Australia- Fuel prices in Brisbane (2019).
[8] Google Maps- Brisbane (2019).
[9] FuelPrice Australia- Fuel prices in Adelaide (2019).
[10] Google Maps- Adelaide (2019).
[11] FuelPrice Australia- Fuel prices in Perth (2019).
[12] Google Maps- Perth (2019).