Depending upon where you live, you are likely to find a bike shop fairly close by.
The following links will take you to the RCTA members shops in each of the states and territories. RCTA members follow the Customer Charter and do their best to ensure that you have the right bicycle at the right price for your needs. They are also able to help fit you with accessories such as bags, clothing and personal items like sunglasses.
They can usually show you the best places to ride and the best way to look after your new (or older) purchase.
Supporting your local bike shop means that you will be supporting cycling, as shops help local communities, offer advice to newcomers and often become involved in promoting cycling across their local area. It means that what you buy is a genuine product, is what you need, and is properly assembled or installed. They provide peace of mind and convenience by offering warranty and post sales service that only comes with buying local.
Local bike shop staff have first hand experience with the products you are looking to buy. That knowledge is valuable and worth paying for.
Shop owners have invested heavily in a shop front that offers you the convenience of picking up that emergency item before a big ride, and they employ, mentor and train the people you rely on to service and repair your bike.
Your local bike shop owner is part of your community. They are paying the GST you might avoid when buying overseas, as well as other taxes that go straight back into funding this great country we ride in.