Diesel on the way to Uluru

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 07:44
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Gidday,

Well as most of you are aware we are "doing a lap of the paddock"!!! We finally made it to Uluru yesterday (after 6 wonderful weeks in Tasmania) - We drove from Port Melb, thru to Murray Bridge, Port Augusta and stopped over night in Coober Pedy (what an experience!!!), we plan to do the rest of S.A. at a later stage.

We thought it expensive when we stopped at Spuds Roadhouse - Pimba (Stuart Highway) we paid $1.48 per litre, we had a shocking head wind so towing the van we went through the juice and decided it was better safe then sorry so we filled up again at Marla $1.58 per litre for diesel and I paid $3.25 for a litre of milk. We stopped at Ebenezer for lunch and took note of the diesel pump $1.90.

We then stopped for diesel at Curtain Springs $1.75 I guess you pay for being so remote!!!

We are here at Ayers Rock resort (Caravan park) for 2 nights - drove out to the rock yesterday afternoon and it is awesome, today we are going to the "Olgas" then back to the rock to do some more walks - worth the expensive diesel!!!!

Will post more pictures on the web later today or tomorrow:

http://www.travelingoz.webs.com

Cheers
Matt, Caz & Kids
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 07:50

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 07:50
Good to hear you are having a good trip.

We found the same thing a few years ago when there.

At least it gets cheaper in Alice. :o)
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 08:00

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 08:00
Hi John

Good to know it gets cheaper in Alice!!! we need to stop and work again for a few months either in Alice or Darwin!!! Eeek back to reality for a while

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 07:57

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 07:57
Yalara is usually cheaper than Curtin Springs, but Federal Hotels CHARGE a fee for using a cedit card, so watch out for that.

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 08:01

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 08:01
Hi Peter

So far they have ALL charged 1% for using the Credit Card!!!! its nuts.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 07:58

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 07:58
Hi Matt
Without knowing the economy of your vehicle and your fuel range, diesel is available all the way, but we only stop at the follows if travelling into WA via Yulara.

Last cheap fuel:Port Augusta.

Next fuel stop:Coober Pedy. The Ampol as you hit the town is usually about 6 cents a litre deader than other outlets in the town. Drive into the BP on the right hand in the middle of the Main street, or further east and fill up at Bulls Truck Depot.

Final fuel stop:Yulara. Last year cheaper than Erldunda and 20 cents a litre cheaper than Curtin Springs.

We will stop along the way, but utilize the good size fuel tank - 180 litres standard on the Prado.

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Stephen
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 08:05

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 08:05
What effect does carting an extra 90 kg of fuel have on fuel economy, wear and tear etc, I wonder?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 08:21

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 08:21
Hi Bob
We have had other diesel vehicles and there is no difference with them. When you head into remote locations like we do, that standard 180 litre tanks ( 2 X 90 litre, one at the back as on most vehicles and the other under the floor pan) wins hands down every time. You are still staking the same amount of fuel, but it is all located under the vehicle, rather than taking up valuable space from you vehicle.
Why do people add long range tanks to their vehicles?

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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 09:20

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 09:20
Gday
Bob, you must remember that Stephen"s vehicle is 150kg or so lighter by the time he pulls up for the next fuel stop.
Murray
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 11:14

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 11:14
If you turn right near Bulls at Coober Pedy you will find the Miners Co-Op that used to be about 4c cheaper than ANYWHERE else, but I think the others may have 'pressured' them recently?

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Peter
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 11:02

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 11:02
Fill up at the Rock or Kings Canyon if you go there.

We did and were dissapointed.

Fuel was $1.52 at both, about $1.65 at Erldunda and $1.75 at Wycliffe Well.

IF you have a Woolworths card there is a Woolworths Caltex in Alice and Katherine.

Came up thru there a month ago and always tried to buy fuel in the bigger towns so carried an extra 40 litres which made it up to your 180.

You will find its cheaper if you work out your fuel stops like that.
With 180 litres you should be able to do that.

We have managed to get from Kunanurra to Fitzroy crossing and top up there to get to Derby.
Also from Darwin to Katherine via Jabiru with 170k of trips at Jabiru.
Have fun we had the wind as well and it does make a difference.
We have got 4 k pl one day and 7 the next just cos the wind changed.
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Follow Up By: Mandrake - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 11:58

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 11:58
At 4 K pl it would be cheaper to stay put until the wind stopped --LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 12:15

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 12:15
Well had we known we might have but didnt turn head wind till we were to far on to stop.

If you want to do the trip and if you have to worry about things like that you shouldnt be doing it.

Cheers and tears LOL
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Reply By: Member - Allan B (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 12:38

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 12:38
Here are diesel prices we experienced a couple of weeks ago:

Kingaroy $1.11
Cunnamulla $1.09
Thargomindah $1.15
Innamincka $1.64
Birdsville $1.43
Mt. Dare $1.84
Alice Springs $1.29
Erldunda $1.56
Uluru $1.51
Kings Canyon $1.55
Boulia $1.25
Barcaldine $1.31
Chinchilla $1.17


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Allan

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Follow Up By: murranji - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:08

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:08
Whatever you do ,be warned about Cape Crawford in NT Over $2 ltr diesel a month ago and tax invoice shows a much lower price plus some surcharge???Drinking water to purchase only .Perhaps that was better than last visit a couple of years back,no fuel .Limp to Borrool..
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