Digital Camera Warehouse with branches in Sydney close to me, Melbourne and Brisbane. Prices there were far better than any I had found elsewhere and they also sell online. My friend had the basic lens for the camera and I'll probably get a wideangle lens when I have a bit more experience with the camera. He also has a camera bag which suits the camera and he'll lend me this me.
He came with me for moral support. it's not far from where either of us live. I couldn't fault the service. As I said I don't know much about cameras. let alone SLRs and I am sure I asked some stupid questions. The salesman was very polite and answered in terms I can understand.
My old Olympus has done very well. It's had a lot of use over probably eight years and perhaps a bit more, and it's getting quite tired now. The battery is also wearing out and not holding its charge well and that's another almost $100 to replace it.
One thing is for sure - I hope I never have to take any pictures like those coming out of Japan now. They are horrifying. Truly horrifying.