From Physical Programming
This course will introduce you to a variety of electronic hardware. Much of the hardware we use in class will be provided by RMIT however you will need to buy some items to complete your final assignment. At a minimum you will need to buy (or find) some form of sensor and probably some form of output device. You do not need to purchase your own Arduino unless you wish to work with the hardware outside of class time.
Jaycar, near RMIT on A'Beckett Street, sells a range of electronic components. They do not currently stock Arduinos. There are only three Australian suppliers of Arduino products, none of them are local (they are all on-line retailers).
Little Bird Electronics
Toys Down Under
SparkFun Electronics - a good range of Arduino boards and accessories.
Modern Device - some of the cheapest Arduino compatible boards available and a good range of sensors.
Adafruit Industries - a basic range of Arduino boards and some interesting Arduino add-on kits.
Make - a range of Arduino boards and special project boards based on the Arduino.
Evil Mad Science - makers of the Peggy display board, this company is a little bit out there, from egg painting machines to candy printers. Seeed Depot - an interesting range of Arduino shields (add-on boards).