Sydney petrol prices plunge after record highs

With almost every other cost of living going up, Sydney motorists are enjoying petrol prices that have plummeted 30 cents over the past month.

The average cost of regular unleaded is now 167.4 cents per litre, and people have been encouraged to fill up before Australia Day when prices are predicted to rise again.

A petrol station in Sydney's eastern suburbs
Sydney motorists are being encouraged to fill up at the bowser now in the lead-up to the Australia Day public holiday. (Nine / Peter Rae)

The wholesale price for unleaded is 169.6 cents, more than 30 cents below the June 22 record; while the average price for diesel is 200.2 cents, falling almost 40 cents since November.

Diesel’s wholesale price has dropped 40 cents to 188.3 over the same period.

NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury said there were big price variations across the city’s petrol stations, and he urged motorists to shop around.

The gap between cheapest and most expensive service stations is currently 54 cents per litre, he said.

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