UNLEADED petrol prices are soaring in the Redlands, with motorists having to pay more than 177 cents per litre to fill up at well above last week's national pump price average.
Australia Institute of Petroleum figures show fuel prices have hit a 20-month high, while global oil prices rose in the past week due to concerns on United States supplies.
The RACQ is urging motorists to fill up only if they come across a servo charging 144 cents per litre or less, noting many sites across greater Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ipswich were charging more than $1.75 per litre.
The national pump price average last week was 154.2 cents per litre, a rise of 3.6 per cent on the previous seven days.
That is less than the 177.9 cents per litre being offered at Mount Cotton, Victoria Point, Cleveland and nearby suburbs on Tuesday.
Several locals told the Redland City Bulletin they were fed-up with Redlands prices and had been travelling elsewhere for a fill-up.
Some readers reported paying more than $2 per litre for premium unleaded fuels, while others found cheaper regular unleaded prices at places like Logan, Tingalpa, Macgregor and Mount Gravatt.
Susan Murphy said it was worth driving to Gumdale or Manly to fill-up, while Debra Sayer said a trip to Hillcrest would see motorists pay about 134 cents per litre.
Islander Greg Hartay-Szabo said he was not bothered by the prices because they were always dearer on the islands due to barge shipping costs.
Petrol Spy valued Russell Island fuel at 199 cents per litre about three weeks ago.
"On the flip side, (you) only need to drive just a few kilometres around on the island every week," Mr Hartay-Szabo said.
Stephanie Todd reported paying 38 cents per litre less to fill up on the Gold Coast, where prices were about the $1.34 mark.
"Paying up to 177 cents per litre at the pumps in Redlands (is) just not fair," she said.
"Come on state government, get us cheaper fuel for Redlands."
Bowman MP Andrew Laming said higher prices were impossible to justify but retailers would price fuel as high as they could get away with.
"Price controls have been tried before but we end up with a mean price higher than allowing cycles to occur," he said.
"If only we supported independents when they were around, but the majority fell for the Woolies four cent discount and now we reap what we sewed."
Commonwealth Securities chief economist Craig James said Huricane Ida was disrupting oil supplies from the Gulf of Mexico.
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