Some of the state's cheapest

THREE weeks of monitoring fuel prices on the Fraser Coast has revealed a couple of early trends.

One is that Hervey Bay Boat Club 24hr Fuel and United Tinana have consistently offered the region's motorists the cheapest standard unleaded and diesel.

The other is that drivers on the Fraser Coast have, in recent weeks, experienced a much less volatile market than those in Brisbane and other places.

While in the past seven days those on the Coast have paid on average slightly more than those in south-east Queensland, the actual cost of fuel in the region has not varied much since the Chronicle's price watch began.

In comparison, Brisbane's prices have varied about five cents per litre each week.

In fact, the RACQ reports the monthly average for ULP in the Fraser Coast was bettered by just three other regions in the state.

The cost of diesel was also lower than the monthly Brisbane average, but overall was further back in the field.

RACQ's Michael Roth said cheaper prices in central and north Queensland were due to a lag in high oil prices flowing on to regional areas.

He said Mackay was the lowest with an average of 139.5 cents per litre for ULP while diesel in Townsville was the lowest across the state.

"During August, motorists in most coastal cities in central and north Queensland could buy petrol and diesel cheaper than those in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, where ULP jumped 8.2 cents per litre compared to July."



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