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South-East Queensland motorists urged to find the cheapest way from A to B

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6 Jul 2021
a woman with a cup of coffee on her work commute
  • Big savings are possible if motorists living in high price areas consistently fill up somewhere else en route to work
  • The biggest winners are commuters from some eastern and western suburbs if they forgo their local servo and regularly fill up somewhere else instead
  • There’s a huge price discrepancy between suburbs on either side of the Brisbane River

We all love the idea of saving 20 cents per litre on fuel when we get the chance, but a new review of petrol prices by Compare the Market shows that Brisbane motorists could save hundreds of dollars in the long run by changing the habit of always filling up at their local servo.

Our analysis of unleaded petrol prices across South-East Queensland between January 1 and June 30 this year has identified the suburbs with the highest and lowest average fuel prices, so motorists can make a better-informed decision about where to consistently fill up and save.

Which South-East QLD residents are slugged the most at the bowser?

Motorists living in Brisbane’s east and west generally pay the highest fuel prices, with Thornlands taking out the unenviable title of the most expensive suburb in South-East Queensland over the last six months at an average of 161.04c/L – some 20 cents higher than the Greater Brisbane average of 141.13c/L (as of June 30, 2021).

Should a motorist from Thornlands travel into central Brisbane regularly and fill up in a suburb with far cheaper prices – such as Tingalpa (140.28c/L) – they stand to save significantly. In this case, 20.76 cents per litre and $10.38 per tank (assuming they fill up 50 litres).

If the driver refills their car every two weeks, they could save around $270 over the course of a year. Similar cash-saving journeys are possible across the Southeast.

Other suburbs with high prices include Eagle Farm (151.64c/L) on the north side, Chapel Hill (155.91c/L) in Brisbane’s west, Holland Park (146.21c/L) in the south and Milton (157.87c/L) in the inner city.

a man in a black jacket filling his car up with fuel

The suburb with the highest prices over time on the Gold Coast was South Nerang (149.66c/L), while Noosaville (147.10c/L) was top of the pile on the Sunshine Coast and Regents Park (147.83c/L) in the Logan area.

Compare the Market spokesperson, Simon Downes, says motorists should pay attention to typical fuel pricing in nearby suburbs because they just might strike gold by consistently filling up somewhere on the way to work rather than at their local servo.

“Many of us simply fill up at our nearest service station out of convenience, but we could be making big savings by instead getting into the habit of finding a cheaper servo en route from A to B.”

“By using fuel pricing apps, such as Simples from Compare the Market, motorists can track pricing in their area and find the best place to stop on their way to work, or the supermarket at the weekend,” says Downes.

The more commuters drive, the more they stand to save, especially those with jobs that require a lot of time on the road.

“It’s important that tradies or Uber drivers – and anyone who frequently clocks up the kilometres – pay attention to fuel pricing and consistently find the cheapest locations near them. They may seem like small savings in isolation, but over time they really add up, so it pays to plan ahead and check your routes.”

Who gets the cheapest petrol prices in South-East QLD?

The cheapest petrol prices in South-East Queensland can generally be found in Toowoomba and on the Sunshine Coast, where the suburbs of Helidon Spa (124.87c/L) and Tanawha (126.76c/L) recorded the lowest average prices in these areas.

However, the suburb with the cheapest prices across the whole of the South-East was Rosewood (124.34c/L) west of Ipswich, with Harlin on the Brisbane Valley Highway home to some of the cheapest prices in the Moreton Bay region (125.35c/L).

M1 Highway with traffic

How a change in routine can save motorists hundreds

Given most motorists cover the same routes and destinations, motorists could find savings on fuel by looking for a new spot to refill the tank along their regular work commute, school run or grocery shop.

Of course, driving far away to save money on petrol isn’t helpful if it isn’t close or on the way to where you needed to go in the first place, as Downes explains.

“Everyone’s personal circumstances are different, and there’s no point driving too far out of your way for cheaper fuel because the savings will be negated by the extra time on the road.”

“Most people use maps to help them find the quickest way of getting from A to B, so we should be using fuel pricing apps for the cheapest way of getting from A to B.”

For example:

  • on the north side, a driver from Kedron (143.20c/L) could fill up in the neighbouring suburb of Grange (132.11c/L) and save 11.09 cents per litre, $5.54 per 50-litre tank, and more than $144 over the course of a year, assuming they fill up every two weeks.
  • on the south side, a motorist in Rochedale South (145.08c/L) could fill up in Eight Mile Plains (133.52c/L) and save 11.56 cents per litre, $5.78 per 50-litre tank, and more than $150 over a year, assuming they fill up every two weeks.
  • someone who commutes from North Ipswich (147.75c/L) into Brisbane city would do well to fill up in Sherwood (133.36c/L) en route to save 14.39 cents per litre, $7.19 per 50-litre tank, and more than $185 a year, assuming they fill up every two weeks.

the Story Bridge crossing the Brisbane River, with the CBD in the background

The classic north-south Brisbane River divide impacts petrol prices, too

Brisbane residents have long feuded over whether the north-side or south-side of the river is best. While the average price of petrol is similar between the north and south of Brisbane city, there are some significant price differences between suburbs opposite each other along the Brisbane River.

Take the following findings for example:

  • residents of Indooroopilly (151.83c/L) could save a small fortune if their travels take them a short distance south of the river to Graceville (135.15c/L) – some 16.68 cents per litre, $8.34 per 50-litre tank, and more than $210 a year, assuming they fill up every two weeks.
  • it’s a similar story further along the river where motorists from Eagle Farm (151.64c/L) could save 13.78 cents per litre should they drive to Murarrie (137.86c/L) on the south side, $6.89 per 50-litre tank, and almost $180 a year, assuming they fill up every two weeks.
  • locals from Kenmore (154.07c/L) could save 4.96 cents per litre, $2.48 per 50-litre tank, and almost $65 a year if their route takes them through Mount Ommaney (149.11c/L), assuming they fill up every two weeks.

Average, highest and lowest petrol prices in each area of South-East Queensland

 

Brisbane East

Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
146.06c/L
  • Thornlands: 161.04c/L
  • Dunwich: 160.91c/L
  • Amity Point: 153.64c/L
  • Cleveland: 153.27c/L
  • Alexandra Hills: 152.70c/L
  • Hemmant: 137.07c/L
  • Murarrie: 137.86 c/L
  • Tingalpa: 140.28 c/L
  • Wynnum: 142.29 c/L
  • Mount Cotton: 142.87 c/L

 

Brisbane North

Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
138.51c/L
  • Eagle Farm: 151.64c/L
  • Brisbane Airport: 145.99c/L
  • Stafford: 143.74c/L
  • Kedron: 143.20c/L
  • Stafford Heights: 142.64c/L
  • Virginia: 134.21c/L
  • Pinkenba: 135.40c/L
  • Everton Park: 135.43c/L
  • Taigum: 135.60c/L
  • Deagon: 135.88c/L

 

Brisbane South

Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
139.90c/L
  • Holland Park: 146.25c/L
  • Carindale: 145.18c/L
  • Rochedale South: 145.08c/L
  • Camp Hill: 144.32c/L
  • Mount Gravatt: 144.27c/L
  • Robertson: 129.80c/L
  • Berrinba: 130.45c/L
  • Eight Mile Plains: 133.52c/L
  • Parkinson: 134.40c/L
  • Coopers Plains: 134.73c/L

 

Brisbane West

Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
145.40c/L
  • Chapel Hill: 155.91c/L
  • St Lucia: 155.46c/L
  • Bellbowrie: 154.62c/L
  • Kenmore: 154.07c/L
  • Indooroopilly: 151.83c/L
  • Sherwood: 133.36c/L
  • Graceville: 135.15c/L
  • Enoggera: 139.79c/L
  • Gaythorne: 140.14c/L
  • The Gap: 141.34c/L

 

Brisbane Inner City
Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
144.76c/L
  • Milton: 157.87c/L
  • Toowong: 156.03c/L
  • Fortitude Valley: 155.19c/L
  • Hamilton: 153.71c/L
  • Newstead: 153.12c/L
  • Hawthorne: 131.93c/L
  • Grange: 132.11c/L
  • Wilston: 132.81c/L
  •  Hendra: 137.15c/L
  • Clayfield: 138.74c/L

 

Ipswich

Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
139.02c/L
  • Somerset Dam: 157.50c/L
  • Churchill: 150.75c/L
  • Gatton: 148.79c/L
  • Sumner: 148.37c/L
  • North Ipswich: 147.74c/L
  • Rosewood: 124.34c/L
  • Minden: 128.30c/L
  • Toogoolawah: 130.36c/L
  • West Ipswich: 130.48c/L
  • Forest Hill: 130.82c/L

 

Logan – Beaudesert

Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
140.88c/L
  • Regents Park: 147.83c/L
  • North Maclean: 137.23c/L
  • Rochedale: 145.97c/L
  • Jimboomba: 145.37c/L
  • Park Ridge: 144.96c/L
  • Tamrookum: 134.11c/L
  • Eagleby: 134.93c/L
  • Crestmead: 135.50c/L
  • Kooralbyn: 135.55c/L
  • Underwood: 135.97c/L

 

Moreton Bay North

Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
139.96c/L
  • Burpengary: 147.68c/L
  • Rothwell: 145.46c/L
  • Narangba: 145.29c/L
  • Wamuran: 141.99c/L
  • Kippa-Ring: 141.91c/L
  • Harlin: 125.35c/L
  • Colinton: 127.38c/L
  • Kilcoy: 133.59c/L
  • Beachmere: 137.59c/L
  • Clontarf: 137.86c/L

 

Moreton Bay South

Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
141.67c/L
  • Dakabin: 147.99c/L
  • Griffin: 147.98c/L
  • North Lakes: 147.46c/L
  • Arana Hills: 146.30c/L
  • Kallangur: 145.16c/L
  • Strathpine: 136.60c/L
  • Dayboro: 137.20c/L
  • Eatons Hill:137.23c/L
  • Warner Lakes: 137.35c/L
  • Bray Park: 137.60c/L

 

Gold Coast

Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
141.10c/L
  • South Nerang: 149.66c/L
  • Main Beach: 148.99c/L
  • Nerang: 147.18c/L
  • Elanora: 146.78c/L
  • Benowa: 145.40c/L
  • Molendinar: 130.40c/L
  • Arundel: 132.07c/L
  • Bilinga: 133.50c/L
  • Yatala South: 134.90c/L
  • Mount Tamborine: 136.53c/L

 

Sunshine Coast

Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
137.98c/L
  • Noosaville: 147.10c/L
  • Noosa Heads: 146.66c/L
  • Forest Glen: 145.97c/L
  • Mooloolaba: 145.24c/L
  • Kenilworth: 145.17c/L
  • Tanawha: 126.76c/L
  • Witta: 127.80c/L
  • Maleny: 128.78c/L
  • Kunda Park: 130.21c/L
  • Palmview: 130.33c/L

 

Toowoomba

Average fuel priceSuburbs with highest pricesSuburbs with lowest prices
137.73c/L
  • Kearneys Spring: 145.98c/L
  • Charlton: 145.43c/L
  • Newtown: 145.11c/L
  • Darling Heights: 144.20c/L
  • Wilsonton: 143.64c/L
  • Helidon Spa: 124.87c/L
  • Drayton: 126.85c/L
  • Drayton North: 127.90c/L
  • Wellcamp: 128.76c/L
  • Meringandan: 128.82c/L

 

Petrol prices provided by our fuel monitoring partner, The Pricing Project.

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