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One thing is as predictable as Christmas: the nearer we get to the holidays, the pricier petrol becomes.

This week’s NRMA survey saw Tweed Heads South near the top of the list of towns where petrol-price gouging is taking place.

Historically, Tweed petrol prices were kept competitive because of the town’s proximity to Queensland where, up until recently, the government subsidised fuel costs.

But those days are well gone – and so is Tweed’s competitive advantage.

This week at Tweed Heads South unleaded petrol was 134.5c a litre, although diesel remained competitive on 125.1c

At nearby Murwillumbah, petrol was three cents cheaper on 131.0c but diesel was four cents more expensive at 129.9c.

Further down the coast, unleaded was 130.7c at Ballina, with diesel on 123.9c.

Away from the coastal holiday centres petrol prices were better, with Lismore on 127.5c and Casino 128.5c, with diesel on 124.0 and 123.5 respectively.

No petrol prices were recorded from Byron Shire outlets in the survey however according to the mynrma app the cheapest price for petrol was $121.9 at Woolworths Caltex Byron Bay.

NRMA members are encouraged to download it from the Apple Appstore or Google Play before they travel to ensure they get the best prices along the route.

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  1. I am wondering why you dont can diesel cars a bit more as they are far more polluting, not to mention trucks
    The go further therefore saving money but are moer polluting. Sadly the greens in their intelligence…or lack of drive them. If it comes to the dollar they pollute more in ignorance

    If we are to go by the current technology , diesel engines are more polluting than petrol engines(with catalytic converters).

    petrol engines these days have something called catalytic converters that convert pollutants such as CO to less harmful CO2. When compared to petrol cars without catalytic converters, catalysts cars have much lower emission of pollutants.

    Diesel fuel contains more energy per litre than petrol and coupled with the fact that diesel engines are more efficient than petrol engines, diesel cars are more efficient to run.emission from Diesel engines are much lower when compared to Petrol engines without catalytic converter.

    when compared to petrol cars with a catalyst, diesels have higher emissions of NOx and much higher emissions of particulate matter.

    so, In that sense we can say that Petrol engines are more efficient.

    ps I would love to know how to make steel without coal !! and so would the world…

  2. I wonder if it’ll be the same as last year, the price difference between Bundaberg and Ballina was 9c/litre, in Bundaberg’s favour making a complete joke of the long accepted argument to the ACCC that the higher prices are due to freight costs. Although I’m sure the local retailers on the coast will be emboldened by the recent ACCC verdict that there is no problem. Happy to report in on the Bundy/Ballina price difference upon my return in the first week of January as it has been consistent over the past ten years that I have been going up there every Christmas/New Year.

  3. QLD did not subsidise petrol costs; it simply did not tax it as heavily. I was motoring that was subsidised, because the level of taxation did not reflect the large flow on costs of dependence on cars. The result is the urban sprawl found in the mega city of SE QLD, and he long journeys people make thee to go to work and play.


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