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Whitsunday Fuel Price Has Tourists Grinning

By Mark Beale

Cheap fuel can be added to the list of reasons the Whitsundays is the perfect place to visit.

This was the view of Victorian tourist Liam West as he filled up for 100.7 cents per litre from Metro Petroleum, which is yet to change its branding from Shell on Shute Harbour Road.

“Airlie Beach has been much cheaper than the rural areas north of Brisbane,” he said.

According to Petrol Spy, the price difference between the cheapest fuel in Mackay (United 119.7 cents per litre) is almost 20 cents higher than the cheapest fuel in Cannonvale (100.7 cents per litre).

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said gaps in fuel pricing were becoming more common.

“Prices often do differ even in areas where it may not be too far, like the Mackay and Whitsunday areas, but that doesn’t mean that it’s fair,” she said.

“Ayr, which is quite remote, has the cheapest fuel in Queensland but Townsville costs much more.”

Metro (formerly Shell) and United Petroleum stations boast the cheapest fuel in the Whitsundays.

Where to fill up

Cannonvale Caltex: 104.9 cents (unleaded)

United Petroleum: 102.7 cents (unleaded)

Metro Petroleum (formerly Shell): 100.7 cents (unleaded)

Source: Whitsunday Times

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