Fuel on Nullarbor

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 21:49
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Hi Guys
Heading off tomorrow to SA anyone got any updates on the Nullarbor fuel prices. We are heading over to the National Steam Engine rally in Murray Bridge and the garages on the Nullarbor are not on the fuel price listing. Any information on the best places to fill as we head to Murray Bridge would be appreciated. We are running on diesel and gas and our mate on petrol and gas. So all 3 prices would be good.
Cheers Red Tail Black.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 23:56

Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 23:56
Hi Red Tail

I can't help with recent prices, but have a beaut trip anyway.

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Follow Up By: Red Tail Black (WA) - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 01:04

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 01:04
Thanks Motherhen,
It will be great to give the new van a run. Even though we won't get to do much off roading this time. Will come back on the Hyden Norseman road to get a bit of dirt on her. Have posted pictures of new rig on my profile. Van finished up great and Elross did a great job. Will let you know how we go.
Cheers Red Tail Black
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Reply By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 07:25

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 07:25
HI Red Tail,

If you are going that far why not go a bit further to the Maitland Steam Fest on April 18 & 19 as well.
This year the C35 class will be there operating as well as C642 (pre runner to the 38 class).
This would have to be one of the best steam fests in Australia - street steam and portable engines, operating steam excursions, show n shine of all types of motor vehiclesetc etc.

Steamfest

Ive been going down from Queensland the past few years - well worth it if you love steam engines and older vehicles etc.

Cheers,
GPM
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Follow Up By: Red Tail Black (WA) - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 10:22

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 10:22
Hi Saharaman, Yes I know of that one thanks. I probably use the wrong name for the National we are going to. It is the National Historical Machinery Rally which involves all sorts from tractors to steam engines. Every two years the clubs have a National rally and all clubs bring along displays. Our travelling mates belong and we are going there first then going to do a few weeks of touring around SA.
Thanks again for the info
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Reply By: bruce - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 10:32

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 10:32
Fuel prices fluctuate...the best thing to do is to estimate..HIGH...and budget for it.....then if the price is lower you have had a win...if you really , really ,really ,want to go then the cost of the fuel should not be of to much concern....cheers
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Reply By: Holden4th - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 11:24

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 11:24
http://www.fuelwatch.wa.gov.au/index.cfm?pref=country&date=Today

You would be Great Southern I'd imagine. Any way, work out where you will refuel and type in the WA post code

you can also try this for the SA section of your journey

http://www.google.com.au/intl/en/help/ig/petrolprice/#utm_campaign=au-petrol&utm_source=pptg&utm_medium=ha&utm_term=fuel%20prices
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Reply By: Member - David M (SA) - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 11:43

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 11:43
Depends a bit on your tank range but I use Norseman/Mundrabilla/
Penong.With the 100 Series I find I might have to put a splash in
somewhere inbetween towing the van.
Cheers Dave.
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Reply By: Red Tail Black (WA) - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 11:43

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 11:43
Thanks for the info only wanted to know as we carry 800 to 900 kms of fuel so can skip the dearer ones if we get the chance. Price will never stop us holidaying life to short to let fuel prices hold you back.
Cheers Red Tail Black
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Reply By: Bruce M - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 11:52

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 11:52
I did this route a year ago, using unleaded. On the WA end Norseman was cheaper than Balladonia, Caiguna, Cocklebiddy and Madura. Prices came down again at Mundrabilla and Eucla (but NOT at Border Village). The price at Nullarbor was as high as the Balladonia to Madura stretch.Nundroo to Ceduna prices, and Port Augusta, were all the same, and around the same price as Norseman.

Based on my experience, you should fill at Norseman, top up if necessary at Mundrabilla or Eucla, then fill again at Ceduna.

Good luck, and enjoy the trip.

Bruce M
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Follow Up By: Red Tail Black (WA) - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:59

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 11:59
Thanks Bruce On the way now just pulled out of Beverley stop with friends here last night before our holiday. cheers
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 13:02

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 13:02
I agree with the info from Bruce, Red Tail. Same as my experience on my last two crossings.

Without hijacking the thread (hopefully) your consoles in your Troopy look terrific, especially the one over the instrument cluster.

You're probably on your way while I'm posting this (Sunday morning) but I'd like to encourage you to put in a comprehensive post (or blog) on both your consoles and other mods to your Troopy and a fullsome report, with photos, on your Elross van.

I suspect there aren't too many Elross vans out there, especially private ones, and it would be interesting to see a report on a WA off road van.

Enjoy your trip.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 13:06

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 13:06
PS, love the big cockatoo decal on the side of the van.

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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 15:17

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 15:17
It's always dear across there.
But what's it matter, you will still have to pay anyway.
ozjohn.
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Reply By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 18:15

Sunday, Mar 22, 2009 at 18:15
Red Tail
When we came across from the west a couple of years ago the guy in the little shell servo at Norseman had a roneoed sheet he gave out with the best prices on the nullarbor listed. We found he was pefectly accurate all the way across. Might pay to try him. From memory he was also the cheapest in Norseman. Right in the middle of town at the camel roundabout.

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Follow Up By: Red Tail Black (WA) - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 00:35

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 00:35
Hi Teege,
Followed this up and he is still giving out the piece of paper. So we filled there and at Mundrabilla. Thanks for info.
Cheers
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Reply By: DIO - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 10:59

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 10:59
If the feed bak on prices indicates say $1.90 per litre will that stop you going on your trip ??
My approach to fuel prices is simple. If you need the fuel just buy it. Worrying endlessly about prices will only spoil your trip.
I (and 275,00 other people)were at the Clipsal 500 over the past 4 days. Boozers obviously happily paying $9.50 for 375ml can of Bundy and Coke. Price didn't seem to slow anyone's drinking down. Cup of coffee $4.50, 600ml Coke $4.50, pies and pasties $4.20 etc etc.
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Reply By: Rod W - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 14:24

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 14:24
Hey Red Tail I've got an Uncle Dave Black (80yrs plus) and nephew Campbell Black (my vintage just below 60), both live in SA and both are into steam, so theres every possibility they'll be attending. So if you happen to meet them then say hello from me Rod W in Perth they should know who you mean.

Enjoy your trip.
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Follow Up By: Red Tail Black (WA) - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 00:37

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 00:37
Hi Rod will keep and eye out for them when they have the offical dinner.
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