Sunny Coast drivers slugged most for fuel in SEQ

A new report from the State’s peak motoring body has revealed Sunshine Coast drivers copped the highest petrol prices in south east Queensland in 2018.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club’s Annual Fuel Price Report Summary found the unleaded petrol (ULP) average was 145.7 cents per litre (cpl) last year – 1.8cpl, 2.7cpl and 3.6cpl more than that charged at the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Brisbane respectively.

“It’s frustrating Sunshine Coast drivers aren’t seeing the same competition we’ve seen in other parts of the region, and to add insult to injury, servos here also charged the highest indicative retail margin, 12.8cpl,” Ms Ross said.

“There’s no reason for drivers to be charged so much more. The Sunshine Coast is subject to the same highs and lows of the petrol price cycle as other cities in the south east.”

Ms Ross said motorists in nearby Gympie were charged on average 3.1cpl less than Sunshine Coast drivers in 2018.

“Gympie was the third cheapest spot in Queensland to fill up so it’s baffling that just up the road prices are so much cheaper,” she said.

“The only real way we’ll see retailers on the Sunshine Coast play fair is if motorists fill up at sites charging less. Drivers should use apps like RACQ’s Fair Fuel Finder to shop for the best deal and punish those retailers ripping them off.”

Currently the local ULP market had reached the cheap phase of the price cycle and the average sat at 123.8cpl, but Ms Ross warned prices could hike at anytime.

“In spots like Mountain Creek, Sippy Downs and Caloundra, we’ve seen prices below 120cpl, so drivers should take advantage of the deals that are out there and fill the tank today.”

RACQ’s Annual Fuel Price Report Summary could be viewed here.