Central Australia diesel prices?

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 11:24
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Hello all! :) I'm about to begin a journey from East Coast to West Coast through Central Australia. I'll be leaving from NNSW through Broken Hill, Flinders Ranges, Sth Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy, Yulara, Alice Springs, Katherine, Halls Creek, Derby, Broome then Karratha.

I am wanting to find out some idea on diesel pricing and recommended fuel stops along the way as I can imagine there will be huge fluctuations even in between servo's in towns. Here in NNSW diesel is hovering around $1.55 a litre. How much more would I be expected to pay travelling through inland areas?

Has anyone driven through all or part of this route very recently?

I leave in 2 weeks and aim at spending approximately 6 weeks on the journey. Sure to be nothing but magical!

Dan
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Reply By: vicex - Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 11:34

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 11:34
i can help a little rawlings station this was all about 6 weeks ago 171.9 , lyndurst 171.9, marree 195.5. oodnadatta 227.9 this was for diesel hope this helps allen
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Follow Up By: bushmonk - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:11

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:11
Thank you Allen :) real valuable information, greatly appreciated.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 11:49

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 11:49
Gidday

For WA prices there is the Fuelwatch website (google it) which lists the best prices in the major towns. Pilbara prices in the bigger towns where there is competition are between $1.60 and $1.70 a litre for diesel and it rises as you go north to around $1.85 in Kununurra. But that was yesterday .. who knows what it will be in a month?

You can expect to pay more at remote roadhouses or stations.

Enjoy your trip

Cheers Rocco
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Follow Up By: bushmonk - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:12

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:12
Thanks Rocco! :) will most definitely be jumping on that fuelwatch website.
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Reply By: Mat D - Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 14:43

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 14:43
I came through some of that country in late May, Port Hedland $1.63, Kunnanura $1.83, Threeways $1.63, Mt Isa $$1.56, Cobar $1.58, Ceduna $1.56 and Norseman $1.59.

Obviously some of those places don't affect you but I thought it was a handy guide. The worst bit is beer prices and many places across the top end don't sell take-aways and worst still, some towns are dry altogether. Fitzroy Crossing for example has only one bar, at the resort and no take-aways unless you are staying at the resort.

You can always walk without diesel but you need a beer at the end of the walk ;-)
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Follow Up By: bushmonk - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:14

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:14
All quite reasonable really considering their isolation. Greatly appreciated! Thank you Mat D.
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Reply By: Cruiser .- Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 17:20

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 17:20
bushmonk,

I am in Alice Springs at the moment so can give you last weeks prices coming from Port Augusta.

Pimba on 28/5 $1.77 diesel
Coober Pedy on 29/5 $1.68 diesel
Cadney Park on 30/5 $1.97 diesel
Marla on 30/5 $1.89 diesel
bypassed Erldunda so dont know
Alice Springs today was $1.709

Even though some of these prices were at places not on your itinerary, I hope this helps.

At the least its an indication that the prices are as expected, higher than the $1.55 you mentioned in NNSW

Cheers,

Cruiser
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Follow Up By: bushmonk - Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:17

Tuesday, Jun 05, 2012 at 18:17
Yep was definitely expecting to pay more. But quite pleased to read that adding about 10-15% is all that is needed. Thanks Cruiser! :)
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Reply By: PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 17:28

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 17:28
Anyone got a price for diesel in Finke?

Not going straight away but being forewarned would be better than not.

I am not really worried because if you have to go you have to pay. But with tanks carrying almost 300 litres it may be handy to fill up at the cheaper ones and not leave it until you do not have a choice.
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh - Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 17:35

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 17:35
G'day Dan
From Broken Hill to the Flinders, if you travel through Hawker, For fuel and good service drop in and see Chris @ the Repco service center.
Usually cheaper with fuel than the Mobil across the road.
Here is our trip from broken Hill to Hawker last year after the National gathering.
Trip Report
Google Map HERE
Happy Travels & a safe trip.

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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 20:13

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 20:13
Anyone have an idea what price the fuel at Kunawarritji would be this year?

Steve
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 21:11

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 21:11
$3.40 litre.

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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 22:20

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 22:20
Thanks Shaker.

That's a bit cheaper than I was thinking. I wonder if they take them Coles dockets....
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 21:16

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 21:16
My policy is that if people are good enough to provide fuel & supplies in remote locations, I am happy to pay the price. We need these outlets to stay in business, they aren't there just for our convenience in an emergency. If we don't support them they won't be there when we really need them!



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Follow Up By: Aussi Traveller - Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 22:12

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 22:12
G/Day Shaker.

I am new to this forum but well travelled, I agree with you when it comes to supporting out back towns.

This may not help but in January we fueled up in Makay at 156.2 per lt, then fueled up in Winton at 156 .6 per lt, we were happy with that.

Phil
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 22:21

Saturday, Jun 02, 2012 at 22:21
I found as a general rule that prices are lowest in towns with A Coles or Woolworths .

I found Broken Hill to be the cheapest anywhere.

Katherine was very good and 30 cents cheaper than 3 Ways. I had joke with the tanker driver that he must charge a Motsa for the 300Ks.

Fitzroy Crossing Coles was best in that area.


The roadhouses in WA I found to be terrible with backpacker "service " and a no care attitude.. Particularly Sandfire.
I use ULP but I think the prices are proportionate.
Regards Philip A






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Reply By: rob_macca67 - Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 at 19:47

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 at 19:47
We're heading out from Brisbane via Thargomindah twds Innamincka then up to Birdsville then onto Marree; William Ck; Coober Pedy; Woomera; Roxby Dns; Marree; Lyndhurst; Cameron Cnr; Tibooburra; Lightning Ridge & Home.
Looking at some of the quoted fuel prices, I better budget some extra $$ for Diesel....

Looking at Refueling at these spots:

Thargomindah
Innamincka
Birdsville
Marree (top-up) (Price: $1.96?)
Coober Pedy
Lyndhurst ($1.72)
Bourke
Goondiwindi
Brisbane


Does anyone have some fairly current diesel prices for any of the above ?? It would be much appreciated......

Cheers....
rob
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