Hey board - I am glad I have the Amex Card - it is as widely used in Australia as Visa/MC.
Yes, Dogman has been to Melbourne, southern Australia, Hayman Island - northern Australian coastal island, and now am sending this message from an internet cafe in Sydney. I return to fabulous SF in another couple of days.
The American dollar goes twice as far in Australia - so I have been living like a king - with all accommodations, rooms, everything HALF our prices.
Best to you all mates - I will snap a message soon.
No worries....aaarrrffff! Dogman