Well I finally got some fresh sheet RA4 colour paper from the US and did some 30x40cm prints from 4x5, once I got all my colour cast corrected ( not easy with a condenser enlarger ) the print quality far surpasses what I can get done at a digital lab, it just takes me 100 times longer to do, price wise there is not much difference but once I have the colour calibrated the prints are no more expensive than B&W, the only thing is that I can not find colour sheet paper here in AU and not much range in rolls.
I certainly have no intention of dismantling my darkroom yet, I never did have. I am refurbishing it in fact to give me more room.
I am now also getting a lot of my supplies from BH Photo and in some cases even with postage from the US I save up to 40% over Australian prices, paper is still a bit costly to ship because of the weight but I can get it in rolls and it does work out cheaper in the long run. The only thing I do not get from the US is chemistry due to shipping restrictions but for some reason that is the one thing that is cheap in Australia but chances are it will not be available next week. I think that within 12 months there will be nothing available in Australia at all.
The market here is just to small and we are to far away from the rest of the world.
Got 4 10 sheet boxes of Kodak Ektar 100 colour print film for around $220 total, cant even find that film in AU and I like it better than Portra and that is just a few dollars more, add few extra boxes and the shipping cost does not go up that much if at all.
Keep your order under $1000 and it is all duty free. Of course it is not worth it if you are only buying a box or two of film.