WARWICK motorists heading to Brisbane or the coast for the weekend should fuel up before they leave to avoid paying the highest unleaded fuel prices in six months.
RACQ's Niki Kormendy said the majority of fuel retailers in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast had hiked their unleaded petrol prices to 157.9cpl - and kept them there.
Warwick prices are hovering at about 149-150cpl today.
"We expected unleaded petrol prices would gradually begin to drop after the recent peak, but the majority of retailers are still charging a six-month high price of 157.9cpl," Ms Kormendy said.
"Retail margins are high, around 17 or 18cpl, meaning retailers are taking the opportunity to reap extra profits.
"This is a clear case of petrol price gouging."
She hoped prices would start to fall before the weekend but said it was likely they could stay close to the record high until Monday.
"There's only a handful of fuel retailers offering cheaper prices now in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. On the Gold Coast all retailers are selling ULP for 156.9cpl or 157.9cpl," Ms Kormendy said.
"Motorists who need to fill up now should check RACQ's website racq.com.au/fuel) for information on where the cheapest fuel can be found. "However at this point, motorists should hold off as long as possible or buy only sufficient fuel to get through until next week when prices should start to fall again," she said.