Cars & Driving in Australia

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Fuel Types

According to statistics (ABS Motor Vehicle Census 2007), 94% of Australian cars run on petrol, 3.8% diesel and 2.2% LPG or dual LPG/petrol.

Fuels Available

  • Unleaded Petrol (ULP) - regular unleaded, 91 octane.
  • Premium Unleaded Petrol (PULP) - unleaded, 95 octane.
  • Other Unleaded Petrol - 98 octane and ULP with 10% ethanol also available.
  • Diesel - low sulphur (50ppm reducing to 10ppm) and bio-diesel available.
  • Automotive LPG (Autogas) - clean and relatively cheap, but you normally need an additional tank for the gas, which can reduce boot space.

    Links to more on fuel:   Coles Express/Shell   BP Australia   Caltex

    Price of Fuel

    At the time of writing (July 2012) regular unleaded petrol in Perth is about $1.30/litre, which is about average for the last few years. Depending on where you're coming from, that may seem cheap or expensive. At the same time fuel in the UK costs about £1.30 GBP/litre, equivalent to $2.08 AUD/litre, whereas in the USA it's around $3.50 USD/gallon, which is about 90 Aussie cents per litre.

    See MotorMouth for more info on fuel prices around Australia.