Petrol prices in Australia vary from state to state. You can bet on that. What did you expect, that petrol prices in Australia would be uniform?
The fuel prices in Australia might be A$1.20 in Melbourne, but A$1.50 in the Northern Territory. What are you gonna do?
You gotta bite the bullet and pay through the nose. LPG is popular in Australia, and you can have a LPG unit installed in the
trunk or boot of your car. LPG is less than half the price of petrol. It's a way to counter high gasoline prices in Australia. Fuel prices in Australia rock! LPG and LPG units rock!
Fuel Prices In Australia
"It's unfortunate that 'Down Under' doesn't
mean that down underneath the dry Australian soil lie vast oil fields which defy
the imagination and keep Australian gasoline prices cheap. Rather, 'Down
Under' refers to your bank balance relative to $0 after constantly refilling
your fuel-guzzling Australian vehicle"
Doug Knell, Doug's Republic
As they say, everything's relative. If you jump into a tub
of ice water, it may actually feel warm -- if you've just
spent the last half hour swimming the oceans off Antarctica.
What's expensive to you will be cheap to a Saudi Arabian oil
She won't be filling you up or drying your tears after you
Is gasoline/petrol cheap or expensive in Australia?
That, again, is relative. A Venezuelan, Kuwaiti, and
Iranian at an
Australian petrol station would suffer a heart attack, but a
Norwegian, Dutchman, and South Korean would rejoice. Americans will find the
prices about 20-25% more expensive than home.
* Prices sampled between June 2008 and June 2009.
It doesn't actually matter if these prices become dated,
because the relative price of gasoline is quite
consistent over time. In other words, if
Bermuda's cost of gasoline per liter is double Australia's,
as measured by the gas cost as a percentage of a local
citizen's disposable income, Bermuda's relative cost will
also be, more or less, double Australia's next year.
The figures in the table below are distorted by the fact
that they are denominated in one currency, the US dollar.
The US dollar does not appreciate or depreciate at the same
rate against all currencies. Indeed, it may appreciate
against some and depreciate against others. But if the
world price of oil goes up to US$100/barrel, virtually all
nations all affected, and prices rise everywhere. Use
the table below as a general gauge. Do not sue us if
the prices you experience in real life induce more
hypertension or fatigue than the ones you view on our list.
Explore Oz Shows diesel, bio, ULP
(unleaded petrol), and LPG (liquid petroleum gas) prices for
all states and territories as well as 365-day national trend
of fuel prices and 30-day state trends. Fuel Watch
Displays the cost in Western Australia of various fuels
AIP Breaks Australia
down town by town and displays average weekly prices for
past 12 weeks and for 40 weeks
Australian Automobile Association
Over 100 regional and rural centers and 8 capital cities are
monitored. Data here can be downloaded in PDF or Excel
Is It Worth Buying A Car Which Runs LPG?
LPG or liquefied
petroleum gas or autogas is considered a green fuel for internal
combustion engines. It reduces exhaust emissions.
Now, it's not like Aussies are green dreamers,
hellbent on keeping Australia clean for their
children and their children's children.
It's economics. LPG costs less than half, per liter. of conventional gasoline. An Aussie in
the know explained to me that LPG should be even
cheaper than it is. The stations set the cost
of LPG to fall within a certain percentage of the
cost of petrol/gasoline. As petrol
prices rise, so do LPG prices, even though LPG
prices are dependent on the Saudi Aramco Contract
Price, not the price per barrel of certain types of
LPG cars in Australia are really dual fuel cars. They can run on
either unleaded gasoline or LPG. If you can find a good buy on a
car that also runs LPG, then consider it a bargain. But I wouldn't a
pay a premium of more than AUD 1,000 to get an LPG vehicle because you
won't earn back the premium.
Believe me. I thought about it. Anyone contemplating
driving a car 30,000 kilometers around Australia considers the price
differential per liter between gasoline and LPG. It's deceiving to
think that you'll save the total cost difference between a liter of
petrol and a liter of LPG. You won't, because the burn rates
for the two fuels are different. A car will be able to travel
further on one liter of petrol than it will on a liter of LPG.
As an illustration, the Toyota Corolla officially gets a fuel economy of
13.5 km/liter on petrol. On LPG, its fuel economy is 9.17 km/liter.
In other words, the fuel economy is 32% worse with LPG. Then you
need to factor in the premium you're paying to buy a dual fuel vehicle
vs a standard gasoline-only one. Last, you have to calculate
how many kilometers you expect to put on the car to see how many liters
of fuel you'll be putting in it.
Any vehicle can be converted to use LPG. As of August 2006, the
Australian government offered a AUD 2,000 grant to individuals doing the
conversion on a new or used petrol or diesel vehicle and an AUD 1,000 grant if the LPG unit is fitted
at the time of manufacture of a new vehicle. As of 2009, the grant on conversions for used vehicles
dropped to AUD 1,750. In 2013, it will drop to AUD 1,000, and be gone
altogether by mid 2014. The grant does not cover the entire conversion cost, which ranges
from AUD 2,500 to 4,500, depending on the specific vehicle.
In my circumstances, where no grant then existed, it made no financial sense to convert any of my
cars, and it probably won't make sense for you either. An LPG conversion seems to only make a helluva lot
of sense if you're living in Australia permanently and driving the same vehicle for the next 5 years. Then,
no doubt about it, the LPG unit will earn its keep.
Be forewarned that any car fitted with an LPG unit will have a good
share of its trunk/boot space vanish.
Petrol prices in Australia are not the cheapest in the world, but hell, they ain't the most
expensive either. Fuel prices in Australia naturally vary from state to state and city to city. LPG is catching on because the
cost per liter of LPG is less than half the cost per liter of petrol. Cars which run LPG are really dual fuel vehicles which run
both unleaded petrol and LPG. You can have a LPG unit installed in the
trunk or boot of your car and receive a A$1,750 grant to do it. It's a way to counter high gasoline prices in Australia. Petrol prices in Australia
are, overall, very reasonable. No complaint about such fuel prices in Australia. LPG and LPG units are sweet, mate.