Around Australia using LPG and petrol

by Chris Lucas
(Woolgoolga, NSW)

We have a 2004 Prado using both LPG and petrol. We plan to travel Australia for a few years pulling a 21 ft Jayco van.

Will I need to carry jerry cans of spare petrol to help get from eg Adelaide to Darwin and Cairns to Darwin or Darwin to Perth?

What have other travellers found--are there enough LPG outlets around Aus to keep topping up with gas--or not?

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LPG and petrol
by: Birgit

Chris, that depends on what exactly you plan to do, which routes you plan to take and which sights you want to visit on the road.
The more adventurous you are the bigger the chances that you could need a jerry or two for detours. (You shouldn't if you just stick to the main highways, but then you won't see a thing.)

I would recommend you get a good map that shows all the service stations and what they offer. (The maps I recommend in my free outback guide all do, sorry, don't have any direct links handy here.)

LPG Locator Australia APP for iPhone
by: Mike and Deb

Hi. We have an iPhone APP that is very useful for LPG users in Australia. Called LPG Locator Australia, you can download this APP from iTunes. It is very useful for trip planning. Info about the APP is also on Facebook and Youtube.

by: Roger

I have been searching for a GOOD android LPG for Aus locator. Found one but appears not to have independents covered. Any thoughts or help?

Around Oz with LPG only
by: NevilleW

I intend to travel from Melbourne to Perth and then to Darwin in a Falcon LPG only car Sedan. I cannot find a map that gives me confidence that I will find LPG in every big town. I intend to not get off the A1 all the way, so I may be ok if I just keep topping up with each big town. The RACV had nothing and just said assume all petrol stations (in their "Camp7" guide) will have LPG, that is not the case In Tassie. I think I will be ok, but it is risky.

LPG locators
by: Anonymous


It seems that there is no comprehensive list of LPG stations...only apps from each of the major suppliers.

Sooo, I had a play with the apps from Caltex, Shell & BP.

Caltex and Shell have very good apps but Shell seem to have less LPG coverage. I will use the caltex App as my go to to help me locate LPG stations. with the other 2 as back up.

LPG Locator app
by: Gary

LPG Locator Aust is a great app, very very handy but only available for iphones and ipads at this stage, hope they release an android version soon!

fuel map
by: seTup oNe

Fuel Map for Android, just select LPG as fuel type.

Is LPG available at all Service Stations from Ceduna to Perth?
by: Anonymous

I have NO SMART Phone, what can I do, as they all promote the use of Apps?

LPG only car
by: Anonymous

What about Cairns to Darwin and Darwin to Broome ?

LPG servos
by: Tony

Has anyone traveled from Brisbane to Cairns in an LPG only vehicle? If so are there autogas stations located all the way up the east coast?

LPG only Townsville to Melbourne
by: logeybear

Hi guys, I just travelled up and down the east coast in a LPG only van and I found fuel along the way easily. Only one spot I couldn't check because I wouldn't be able to make it back to the highway on one tank. Used the app LPG finder and it was ace. Going to head to Western Aus soon so fingers crossed it's as readily available as the whole east coast! Happy travelling hommies!!

by: Merv

Travelling from Gold Coast to Alice Spring on LPG only. Is there enough service stations within 500km of each other?

by: Merv

Hi, I'm still wanting to know if there is LPG stations from Gold Coast to Alice Spings on the M1 within 450ks of each other.

North Australia mainly diesel and petrol
by: Anonymous

I drove from SA throughout Victoria on a dedicated LPG vehicle, and had no promblem finding stations that had LPG. As oil companies make LPG,as well as petrol, you will see LPG outlets increasing as the oil companies contribution to reducing greenhouse gases. At the moment the east of Australia you can drive all the way from Melbourne to Cairns in a LPG or hybrid car. But if you try heading north from Adelaide or Perth, there is still a lack of LPG on these routes. The enviro minister should be doing there job and reducing diesel cars as diesel fumes are very toxic, with cancer causing compounds. The diesel promblem in Australia is real. We produce our own LPG gas from Bass strait, and LPG should be cheaper than what it is, so they're making huge profits. Countries in Europe are banning diesel cars, or setting dates to, as their toxic effects have been proven.

LPG coverage AUS
by: Anonymous

Northern WA and NT are the 2 states with poor LPG coverage. Petrol and diesel rule there.

No lpg up north
by: Anonymous

Don't try going to NT on a dedicated LPG . You will end up stranded and having to pay for a truck tow. This is diesel and petrol only. Being a small state not worth their money and many suvs, pickups and 4wd in NT on dedicated diesel or petrol only. I did not see any LPG seller in Darwin when I was there 2 years back. Stick to eastern and south states for LPG.

LPG Availablility on M1 in Queensland
by: Anonymous

Hello, I went for a trip from Brisbane to Ingham last May (2018). I found it very difficult to get LPG, the older service stations have it but often their pumps are broken and they do not get them fixed quickly, it can take weeks! Ended up on a tilt tray to get to Mackay from Rockhampton because the service station I intended to fill up at, had a broken pump. Very disappointing and frustrating. You need to call ahead to the individual service station to make sure they have LPG and that the pump is working!

I'm driving Adelaide to Alice Springs
by: Anonymous

G'day Guys
I'm wanting to drive from Melbourne via Adelaide to Alice Springs (Uluru) in a Ford Falcon dedicated gas vehicle. Am I going to have issues with buying LPG from Adelaide to Alice Springs?

Melbourne to Adelaide?
by: Harry

I will soon be travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide via the main highway. Can somebody please tell me about the availability of L.P.G. on this route.

WA and NT Petrol , and LPG if Available.
by: Anonymous

LPG is definitely not obtained reliably in Northern WA and the NT. My 4x4 does about 15 MPG at best on petrol, and so fuel costs tend to blow out, when LPG supplies are gone or a bowser breaks done. However, I can sleep at night, knowing that when in big towns and cities, I'm not pumping out carcinogenic diesel fumes. A pre-computerised vehicle that I can repair if necessary, I think can adequately offset most of the extra Petrol fuel costs, and can avoid the nightmare of having the vehicle towed for X thousand kilometres, when a black box shuts down for no apparent reason. I tend to take the drive belt off air conditioner compressors, which reduces heat stress (on the motor), and saves some fuel. Driving for hours on end in refrigerated air, is bad for the health ... much better to pull over in the heat of the day for a coldy and a snooze :-).

A matter of vision
by: Anonymous

Further to the above: when driving without an air conditioner, and the windows wound down, beware of sharp twigs: I nearly lost an eye, when extracting myself with trailer in tow, backwards from a track that ended in a tidal flat in deep twilight - the 'perfect storm'. After finally getting back to the main track, I drove to a small pub, where along with some new-found friends, proceeded to seriously drown my sorrows. Next morning, amid a raging hang-over, I discovered that my injured eye was producing a split image, and was also rivalling my self inflicted headache, in terms of pain. Fortunately, on arriving in town, several hours later, a kind lady at a pharmacy, took one look at my injured eye, and sent me post haste to the local medical practice, where I was given some special antibiotic cream, along with a firm slap on the wrist for being an idiot.
One or two miniature old fashioned plastic 12v fans mounted on the dash, helps to keep the front windows closed.

Jimey 40L tank travels
by: Jeffrey

Hello, I am planning to travel from the Harvey bay-QLD area to Uluru. I am traveling in a Suzuki Jimney 40L with a increased 25L jerry can. I am hoping to get some help on if this trip is something I can do whilst carrying this amount of fuel. If there are any websites or apps showing fuel stations along the way that would be a major help.


by: Dwayne

I have a gas dedicated car and wish to travel from wollongong N.S.W to QUEENSLAND Is there enough LPG petrol stations for me to fill up at as I do not wont to run out of gas because I can not switch over to petrol as I don't have a petrol tank

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