BATHURST motorists have started the new year with good deals at the bowser.
For the week ending January 12, Bathurst's average price for unleaded fuel was 141.7 cents per litre, with the price not changing from the previous week.
It puts Bathurst as the second cheapest in the Central West and less than two cents dearer than the next best location, which is Lithgow.
Lithgow's average for unleaded was 139.9 cents per litre, which puts it as third best in the state.
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NRMA spokesperson Bridget Ahern said that it's not uncommon for Lithgow retailers to offer their customers very competitive prices, but Bathurst motorists were by no means in a bad position.
"It's very good at the moment. Drivers can get fuel for $1.35 at the moment, which is considerably cheaper than Sydney, so if you're travelling to Sydney this weekend definitely fill up in Bathurst," she said.
In more good news for motorists, Ms Ahern said there were no significant price rises or falls on the horizon for Bathurst.
Petrol prices are also similar to what they were during last year's summer school holiday period, but Ms Ahern noted that it's global factors that affect the cost of fuel.
"School holidays certainly don't affect anything at all, and prices are pretty well stable and pretty comparable to last year's holidays," she said.
The ongoing bushfire crisis also hasn't affected prices in the Central West.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the best price for unleaded fuel in Bathurst, 135.5 cents per litre, could be found at multiple retailers, including the Metro on Rocket Street, the United, the Caltex near Stockland Drive and both 7-Eleven outlets.
The Metro at Perthville had the best price for diesel at 147.4 cents per litre.
For e10, the Caltex on Bentinck Street and the United both had this advertised as 133.5 cents per litre.
Ms Ahern encouraged people to check the MyNRMA app for up-to-date fuel prices to ensure they're getting the best deal, particularly if they'll be travelling.