I am in Brisbane also, I just wanted to say hi and let you know that I feel your pain!!
I am new to the site so a lot of what I have just read has gone over my head, I need to read up a bit more.
I am at my wits end too with my hair, all my friends have beautiful straight hair and they always look gorgeous and I have shocking hair. I really hate it when people say how easy curly hair is
I struggle trying to find decent products to use (and affording the ones I do find)
Hope whatever you do next works and makes a bit happier with your lot