So, here's where things are so far:
08/03/2009: Canberra to Sydney, Sydney to Christchurch (Jetstar, sigh)
09/03/2009: Recover from Jet Lag & late night by reassembling the Arcadia.
10/03/2009: Hello Southern Explorer! Yay!
04/04/2009: Goodbye Southern Explorer! Boo!
07/04/2009: Christchurch to Sydney (in the comfy chair), Sydney to Perth
14/04/2009: Perth to Sydney (Redeye in the comfy chair)
15/04/2009: Sydney to Canberra (Again in the comfy chair).
Southern Explorer: booked and deposit paid, first large instalment authorised from the card. Ouch!
Flights: Frequent Flyer Points + ~$300 including several legs in Business Class.
Extra Accommodation in Christchurch & for SwanCon: Working on it.
Things are looking good.