RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the average at the Gold Coast was 166.8 cents per litre (cpl), which is currently higher than the average price in Brisbane.
“Drivers still planning on heading away for Easter will be shocked at what they’re paying at the pump,” Ms Ritchie said.
“Almost 90 percent of servos are charging 160cpl or more for unleaded, which is the most expensive prices seen since January 2020, before the arrival of the pandemic in Australia.
“Gold Coast prices tend to fall quickly and lower than Brisbane, but they also rise faster and higher – which is what we’re seeing now.
“This is the peak of the cycle, so we expect prices to get cheaper over the coming days but only by about one or two cents per day.
"It’s also possible the lockdown in Greater Brisbane could impact the Gold Coast by stagnating prices so there'll be no significant savings ahead of Easter."
Ms Ritchie advised Gold Coasters to top up only with what they needed.
“If you need fuel just put in enough to get you by or hold off until prices fall,” she said.
“If you’re going away for Easter it may pay to check the average price at your destination or along your route and aim to fill the tank where it is cheaper.
“That information is easily available by looking at RACQ’s Fair Fuel Finder and locating the cheapest sites wherever you are in Queensland.”