Gold Coasters hit with high bowser prices

GOLD COAST motorists paid too much for unleaded petrol (ULP) in 2013, according to the RACQ’s Annual Fuel Price Report.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said while the average of 147.3 cents per litre (cpl) for ULP on the Gold Coast was less than in Brisbane, it was still higher than the 2012 average.

“Unleaded petrol on the Gold Coast was 0.6cpl cheaper than the average in Brisbane and 7cpl less than the Queensland average,” Ms Smith said.


“Despite this, prices were higher than we’d like to see, with motorists paying on average 2.3cpl more than they did on the Gold Coast the previous year.

“December was the dearest month for unleaded on the Gold Coast with an average of 153.9cpl.”

Ms Smith said the cheapest fuel on offer was found further north, where there is strong local competition.

“The Sunshine Coast was the cheapest place in Queensland to buy unleaded fuel in 2013, with an average of 145.7cpl,” she said.

“The cheapest diesel in the state was in Gympie, where motorists paid on average 152cpl.

“Diesel on the Gold Coast last year was selling for an average of 154.2 and LPG was 75.9cpl.”

Ms Smith said Brisbane’s 2013 average of 147.9cpl for ULP was the city’s highest yearly price on record.

“The RACQ will ask the ACCC to investigate the Brisbane petrol market, with it more expensive to fill up the tank in Brisbane than it is in many other capital cities, including Sydney and Melbourne.”

For more information about how much motorists should be paying at bowsers, please view RACQ’s Fair Fuel Price service at

The RACQ’s Annual Fuel Price Report 2013 can be found at