Cost of petrol

Old Jun 22nd, 2003, 08:53 AM
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Cost of petrol

Dear Fodorites,

As we will be renting cars for a few sections of our trip it would be useful to know petrol prices (compact car). Can someone fill me in (or up) on this? Does it vary dramatically from state to state? (There is always at least a 20 cent difference between Santa Fe and Albuquerque 96km away!) Also what is the conversion between liters and gallons for this metric impaired american?
Thanks, AndrewDavid
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Old Jun 22nd, 2003, 01:15 PM
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Petrol prices here fluctuate almost daily. In general the more remote - the more you pay. The capital cities are around the same - although Darwin is more expensive. In Melbourne at the moment petrol is around 90 Aust cents per lire. There can be daily fluctuations of up to 10cents either side of this - for instance it always seems to go up just before the weekend or holidays - so if you can buy your petrol on a Tues or Wed it will be cheaper! Compared to 2 months ago, it's quite cheap at the moment - it hit 108 cents per litre.
To convert from litres to gallons - 10 litres = 2.64 gallons
Hope this helps.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2003, 02:08 PM
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Dear maryk,

Thanks for the heads up on petrol prices. Where does australian petrol come from nowadays?

Best wishes, AndrewDavid
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Old Jun 22nd, 2003, 04:22 PM
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Australian petrol comes from under the ground :0)
Well we have our own - we have plenty of resources but the Government has found that its very cost effective FOR THEM to tax everyone into the never never. However in Queensland today petrol was 67 cents per litre which really equates to about 1.5 times the cost of petrol in your state. The Imperial gallon in Australia is more than your gallon in the US and when you use the exchange rate it works out at about the above - well for some States it does.
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Janese/Liz has got it in one...parity pricing of australian govt tax rip an interesting issue.

Note that Liz lives in the cheapest fuel area of australia....the QLD govt can afford to subsidise fuel.

On my calcs. you should budget on about US 2.50 per US Gallon.

Except of course at Strahan were it will be double that.
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