Travellers – and motorists living close to a state border in Australia – could save hundreds of dollars by filling up interstate.

Motorists living close to an Australian border could save hundreds of dollars in fuel by filling up in their neighbouring state.

Research by Drive has unearthed dramatic differences in the price of fuel in border regions across the country, with motorists in line to save as much as 35 cents per litre, according to information published on PetrolSpy.

Drivers on the NSW side of border towns Albury-Wodonga are paying $1.89 per-litre for petrol, while those on the Victorian side – less than five kilometres away – are paying as little as $1.55 per-litre.

For a 2022 Toyota Camry family sedan (the 2.5-litre petrol-only model rather than the hybrid) with a 60-litre tank, the savings can equates to $10 per refill – or about $350 per year based on the national annual average distance travelled of 15,000km.

It’s even more extreme for those exploring the country in a new Nissan Patrol V8 four-wheel-drive – with almost $50 saved by filling up that vehicle’s 140-litre tank in Wodonga, Victoria rather than in Albury, NSW, equating to an annual saving of more than $730 based on 15,000km driven.

Travellers between Victoria and South Australia would be well advised to check fuel prices, with bowsers in Nhill in Victoria some 15 cents per litre more than those less than an hour away in Bordertown South Australia.

Motorists in Tweed Heads on the northern border of New South Wales are paying about $1.89 per-litre for petrol – 20 cents per-litre more than Queenslanders, just a few kilometres to their north.

With taxes on petrol and diesel being set by the Federal Government – not by state authorities – the price differences appear to be nothing more than price gouging by fuel companies and/or retailers.

Despite the dramatic variations in price, according to the Australian Institute of Petroleum, unleaded has fallen by 8.1 cents per-litre as a national average over the past week, while diesel is now 6.5 cents per-litre cheaper across the country.

Over the past month, the price of (WTI) crude oil has dropped from $US105 a barrel to $US90 a barrel – with a five dollar drop in the last week suggesting the potential for greater fuel savings for Australian drivers in the coming days.

Extracted in full form: Border wars: Fuel prices vary dramatically across state lines – Drive

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