Recent Diesel prices - NW W.A. & N.T.

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 11:29
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G'day all - Just a quick post to notify recent diesel prices I found whilst travelling Perth to Darwin in the first half of July 2012.

I know these prices are quite volatile, and no more so than at present, as the world oil price has trended down substantially in recent weeks.

I won't post any of the readily available current prices, in the areas logged by Fuelwatch W.A., as these are constantly available online. (click on "Country" and then on the highlighted price)

My notes:-

July 1st - Overlander - 148.9c litre

July 2nd - Nanutarra - 189.9c litre (reported as charging 199.9c a fortnight before)

July 4th - Pardoo - 184.4c litre

July 4th - Sandfire - 179.4c litre

July 6th - Broome - 168.7c litre - Shell/Coles Express

July 7th - Fitzroy Crossing - Ngyali Roadhouse BP - 163.7c litre

July 7th - Halls Creek - Shell/Coles Express - 163.7c litre

July 9th - Kununurra - BP - 179.9c litre

July 10th - Timber Creek Hotel - 199.9c litre (independent retailer up the East end of town was 193.9c litre)

July 10th - Victoria River - 176.0c litre

July 11th - Katherine - 154.7c litre (not much variation all through town)

July 12th - Darwin - Diesel selling around 151 cents/litre to 153 cents/litre ..

What is amazing to me, is how there is still a 20c premium on diesel in Perth, as compared to Darwin - where the price difference between ULP and diesel is around 2.0 - 3.0c a litre?!

Be aware that there has been a substantial amount of diesel shortages throughout the Pilbara, as the fuel companies have inadequate storage to keep up supplies during periods of high demand. The Pilbara Echo ran a big article about this problem, which is not getting any better.

We got to Nanutarra at 4:00 PM with only 1/5 tank of fuel, only to find that Nanutarra had no fuel. We had to spend the night there and wait until 11:00 AM the following morning for the diesel tanker to arrive.
This was on 2nd July, 4 days before the W.A. school holidays started!
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Reply By: racinrob - Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 12:06

Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 12:06
Woooohoo, Diesel in southern Sydney is presently at 134 cpl while E10 petrol is 10 cents a litre dearer at 144cpl, a bit of a turn around for a change.

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Reply By: Member - Joe F (WA) - Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 12:21

Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 12:21
G'day Ron N

It is quite amazing that fuel prices vary so much considering some of the retailers are on the same stretch of highway.

The inland highway ~ Port Hedland to Midland (Perth) is no different, with mainly BP fuel outlets where the cost of diesel can vary up to 30cpl.

Diesel prices in Newman have been close to $1-70 cpl, but there has to date not been any issue with supplies, as motorists I guess we just have to be grateful, while the fuel prices are so low in the inland Pilbara !!

Safe travels :
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Reply By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 15:08

Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 15:08
I wish people would take fuel prices to two decimal places and show the real price.

IE., 81.9 c p/l is 81.99 c p/l almost another cent.

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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 21:02

Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 21:02
Not sure how you come to that conclusion Peter. My last fill up the Board price was 121.9
Total cost was $147.21 divide that by 121.9 = 120.76292. The meter said 120.76L
If it had been 121.99 I would have only got 120.67 Litres. Bob

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Follow Up By: firm351 - Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 09:11

Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 09:11
Peter H1,

Correct me if im wrong but isn't the difference between 81.9c & 81.99c only 0.09c not 1c. If you spent $1000 at those two prices the difference in total volume would be less than 1litre. I don't think that would make too much difference to anybody.

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Reply By: Diesel 'n Dust - Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 19:38

Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 19:38

Thanks for update on prices.

Nanutarra is well known as a total rip off for food and fuel!

And yes Tom Price in previous years run out of diesel during the tourist season. But this shouldn't happen now with the part sealing of karratha/ Tom Price road.

Port Hedland should never run out cause by memory the BP bulk terminal have recently built 2 new storage tanks.


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Follow Up By: Flighty ( WA ) - Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:00

Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:00
It is very unusual to see Nanutarra not at the top of the list, as Matthew has pointed out they are famous for their pricing structure ( to put it politely )
Few years back we did Perth, Darwin, Alice, Port Augusta to Perth and they won the prize hands down by 20C a litre.

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Reply By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 21:46

Sunday, Jul 15, 2012 at 21:46
Toyocrusa ,

Have a look at your Woolworths dockets and they read to two decimal places.

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Reply By: mudbro2 - Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 01:13

Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 01:13
We went from Adelaide to Alice Springs for the Finke Desert race on June long weekend. Stayed in Alice Springs on the friday night then headed back south to Kulgera and east from there to Finke. Everyone was filling up at Kulgera at a bargain price of $2.10 p/l . What a ripoff, I think somebody was capitilizing on the Finke race traffic.
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Follow Up By: philw- Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 18:23

Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 18:23
Nothing wrong with that. That's the Aussie way these days,isn't it?
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