melb to perth petrol prices???

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Hey guys leaving melbourne on the 20th of december headed to perth for a month, few queries, firstly im driving a 105 series 4.5 petrol/gas landcruiser! We have planed our way there apart from between ceduna and norseman we are unsure of the best place or places to setup a quick camp in a safe spot so id like to hear what you guys recommend for staying and also just curious as to what petrol and lpg prices are to be able to get a very rough figure of petrol prices. Much appreciate any help thanks
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 23:40

Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 23:40
Can't help much with current prices but your cheapest fuel at the eastern end of that stretch will be at Penong. If you fill there the staff at the roadhouse may have a slip of paper with the current prices across the Bight. When returning the service station near the tourist info centre in Norseman offers a similar service (and the cheapest fuel in town.)

As far as camping goes, I tend not to plan my stops more than half a day ahead. Camps Australia Wide is as good a publication as any for info. I tend to just travel and see how far I get. There are plenty of rest areas and side roads you can use for camping. None of them are away from the main road. The only camping with dunnies on the SA side is at the camping area at Nullarbor Homestead. On the WA side there are a few rest areas with long drops.

A good info web site is the Nullarbor Net site. If you are a golfer then see Nullarbor Links and take your clubs.


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Follow Up By: D-MaxerWA - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 22:29

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 22:29
Fuel on the Eastern side of the border is cheaper than the Western side. Nullabor Roadhouse is the most expensive, but they have really good water cheap. No chemicals or additives, I think it is straight out of the ground, but makes a perfect cup of tea. That tells me it is good water. Make sure you have all your containers ready, or the hose in the tank, as it is timed.

After you leave Ceduna, having filled up, keep an eye on the prices. If it is not too bad, fill up. You won't get a good price again until you get closer to Perth.

When looking for a camp spot overnight, look for a rest area that has a track leading off from it. You can sometimes get a few km's off the main road using the track and get less road train noise. Camps Australia has quite a few good spots, but there are others.
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 01:04

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 01:04
Suggest that you download the following 2 apps
- http://www.wikicamps.com.au/
- http://fuelmap.com.au/

First one allows you to set filter for what you need ( ours was dog friendly, big van, Telstra Mobile).

Second one will list the current prices for fuel in your locality.

Both these site rely on user input to keep them up to date.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 06:44

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 06:44
Yes, if you have a smart phone, those are great apps.
Wikicamps is long established and very helpful for camps etc, however the Fuel Map app is a bit new to have the volume of info yet (and regular updated pricing info needed for fuel) behind it.
Petrol Spy is reasonable though, but I normally update both Fuel Map and Petrol Spy when I fuel up.
If in sitting down for a break at a servo I will update both apps pricing with all fuels or a photo of pricing board, or pumps is way to snap with the phone for later update.
Both these apps depend on people uploading fresh info often, so users out there please try and do so, they will be valuable tools for motorists down the track.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 08:39

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 08:39
Hi there,

What is the 3G coverage like across that part of the world? I had the WikiCamps app when we went to the Cape, but it was no use for pretty much of the cape, due to phone service. We resorted to the book, which was great also for the visual aspect of the planning.

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 08:56

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 08:56
Wikicamps works offline, you download the map / camping info for use without connection.
You can even download the comments / photos for states you are heading through.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 09:05

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 09:05
Thanx Les,

It didnt work offline up north, maybe I didnt wait long enough for the downloads, the wifi at caravan park was very slow where we downloaded it. Just checking that now
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:44

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:44
No probs Bonz, yes best downloaded at home with decent wifi speed.
Works pretty good offline, and I find worth getting g the comments / pics too.

The fuel apps would need phone connection for sure, best used for planning, and as mentioned a pic taken for updates works until you get coverage and / or time to do price updates.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 08:54

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 08:54
A good read: Outback - Across the Nullarbor - NRMA

On our first crossing, the servo at Border Village had computer trouble and no one was getting fuel. Had to wait hours for a tech to come from Ceduna to fix it. Only truck and like minded drivers were okay to continue. We had plenty to get to Nullabore Roadhouse and even Nundroo if needed. We were on our way home from the SW of WA.

Luckily some, us included, were topping up at regular intervals and could continue. I don't mind stopping to boil the billy and get fuel etc.

Don't plan. Just don't let the tanks go any lower than what you would need to get to the second next fuel outlet. We only had one 65 litre tank in a Nissan Maxima then. Now we have a long ranger with 125 litres in the tanks and I can fit two jerry cans on the back carrier. That's a total of 255 litres or 3825 kms at 15 lt/100.

Stop where you feel you like the look or have done enough Kms. If fuel price is an issue then I would reconsider your budget. Just wondering. Okay.

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Follow Up By: terryt - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 11:18

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 11:18
You must have big jerry cans to fit 130 l in two.. 255 litres at 15l per 100k's is closer to 1700ks by my reckoning
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:06

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:06
Maybe we have a fuel tank under the car as well as the Long Ranger and the jerry cans. Do I really have to spell it out. Most 4wds do come with them you know!!!

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:23

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:23
Good one Terry. I did not check the figure. Stupidly just multiplied the two together. It did seem a lot but I had some vacuuming to do before my wife got back from the shops and rushed the post. Have to do my bit at times.

Catchya

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PS We have a 90 litre standard tank as well.
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Follow Up By: terryt - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 20:50

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 20:50
Hope no offence was taken. Just trying to clarify things.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 08:36

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 08:36
None at all.

I really prefer the straight up approach. What with the lack of grammar and understanding of the structure of the written word, that abounds these days, it's like a couple of pollies talking. You never know who is lying and who isn't. That is, even if one isn't!!

Catchya

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 10:50

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 10:50
How remiss of us, we have all forgotten the most important site - Quarantine Domestic.. Just don't try to buck the system. If you are unsure of anything then be up front and ask their advice. It's much better to loose something than let them find something hidden.
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Reply By: disco driver - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 12:52

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 12:52
If you budget for around $2.00/L you should have some change over, (enough for a beer or two even).
FWIW Border Village is nice but cheaper fuel is in Eucla about 10-15km inside WA.(Or it was last time I went that way)
Fuel at BP Norseman (on the corner of Eyre Hwy) is always dearer than a few k's down the road in Norseman.
As long as you are well off the road, camping is quite safe but may be noisy as trucks etc run all night too.

As others have already mentioned, be very aware of the WA quarantine requirements as you come into WA.

Hope this helps.

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Reply By: Member - Bigred13 - Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:52

Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:52
Hi Matth j, We found Camps Australia good as well ,Bunda Cliffs are a great stopover ,right on the cliffs ,and another was at the base of the old repeater station pylons , about 1.5 km north of road, quiet and hardstand area as well.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 11:23

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 11:23
General rule for fuel across the Bight: Cheapest fuel at the eastern end is at Penong, it's generally slightly cheaper than at Ceduna. Cheapest fuel at the western end is the (Shell?) service station at the corner of Roberts & Ramsay Streets. If you ask at these they often have sites of prices for all the stations between.

In the middle, Mundrabilla is generally a little cheaper than Eucla. The rest (including Border Village) will be dearer.

This is a general rule but can change.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 13:04

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 13:04
I heard that the Shell one in Norseman is no longer operating. It is not shown on Fuel Map. In Oct when we crossed, Norseman BP was cheaper than Caltex.
Mundrabilla and Eucla were the same price. Ceduna was cheaper than Penong and cheaper than Port Augusta.
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Reply By: exmouth1 - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 00:05

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 00:05
Last week unleaded 91 at norsman Caltech 146 cents, eucla 176 cents ceduna 132 cents per litre
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Reply By: exmouth1 - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 00:12

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 00:12
Sorry forgot to add plenty of places to pull off the road to camp, look for road or tracks and it will enable you to get far enough away from the noise of the trucks to get good nights sleep. Donga at caiguna 75 per night, motel room at ceduna 90 per night, motel at kimba 120 per night with a pokey bathroom, dirty room at Madura 120 per night.
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