Holiday relief: fuel prices on way down

There's an 11 cent difference in petrol prices around Forbes but the average was 159.8 cents per litre on Monday.

There's an 11 cent difference in petrol prices around Forbes but the average was 159.8 cents per litre on Monday.

A reduction in petrol prices has been slow to come to Forbes, but we should get some relief at the bowser in coming weeks, the NRMA says. 

Prices have started to drop across the region, and Forbes has seen a small drop in the average price this week.

Forbes, with an average price of 160.4 cents for unleaded last week, was the only town in the region not to see a drop.

This week, NRMA spokesperson Rebecca Page said, the average price has eased a little to 159.8 but one service station in town has got unleaded available for 150.9.

The price for unleaded on Monday morning ranged from 150.9 to 161.9 and Ms Page said it showed the importance of doing your homework before heading out. 

“That’s an 11 cent price spread just in Forbes,” she said. 

In regional NSW, the price has dropped three cents (per litre) on average. It will continue to drop another few cents over the next few weeks.

Rebecca Page, NRMA

“It’s an independent that is the cheapest, and an independent that is the most expensive.”

Overall, those prices should ease a few more cents in the weeks leading up to Christmas. 

“In regional NSW, the price has dropped three cents (per litre) on average,” Ms Page said.

“It will continue to drop another few cents over the next few weeks.”

But the metropolitan trend is now back on the up.

“Prices in Sydney bottomed out last week at 122.9,” Ms Price said.

They’re now showing signs of another upward trend, but that shouldn’t flow on to regional areas for another number of weeks. 

NRMA members can check real-time petrol prices at service stations by downloading the smartphone app.

If you’re travelling out of town, you can also check petrol prices along your route and make sure you choose the best places to fill up along the way.

In Parkes, prices range from 154.9 to 157.9 cents per litre; in Orange prices range from 138.9 cents to 157.9 with several service stations in the 141.9 to 143.9 price range.

Prices are as low as 125.6 as far west as Lithgow. 

Ms Page says it’s well worth your while and especially at this time of year, when there are plenty of good ways to use every extra dollar.

She added that even if you have a discount voucher, it’s worth checking there’s not another service station with an even cheaper base price. 

The NSW Government’s Fuel Check website fuelcheck.nsw.gov.au also has real-time prices for some service stations. 

The NRMA said the drop in price was the result of an increase in oil production and a stronger Australian dollar.