Ultimately successful after what was an initial clusterfuck.
Kept seeing the Store landing page in both Chrome and the Apple Store app. No amount of refreshing, cache clearing, quit-restart would change that. Eventually switched over to Safari, got through to the store via Apple’s AU front page.
Managed to snag a 64gb Silver (my first choice) for pickup at Knifepoint on launch day. Was very lucky, as I tried to add another handset to see wait times, all were then at 2-3 weeks (now out to 4-5!).
25 minutes later placed an order for a genuine silicon case (Midnight Blue), ready for pick up on 1/11. Will just grab it on Friday. Although I might cancel/return if I can find something on eBay or whatever.
Credit card has been charged initial $1, not long after full $1579 was pre-auth’d. $1 auth for the case, full amount will probably pre-auth/charge a bit later.
Reading Whirlpool there’s a lot of very pissed off people. One guy is so angry he missed out on a launch day delivery he’s “packing up all his recent Apple products and returning them for a full refund”. Y THO.