Hi.. I'm now in Sydney (moved down from North Coast).
misstialouise..I have to ask..my eyes are not seeing your av very well..is that knitted piece on your hair bun or on your face? LOL I can't tell.
tarrentella.. I agree with mOnigrrl. I used to live in the Canberra area and it becomes mighty crisp there..and with wind chill, winter nights will sometimes be well below zero.
If visiting Sydney I would definitely go to Tapestry Craft in York St (they have an online site).
There are good yarn shops in Canberra also.
I've had friends knit from Bendigo Mills products who have been very happy with them and they do a quick postal service. I believe if you join they send you a card of various yarns they have for your selection.