We have been sailing on in Australia
for the past two years, and have been shocked by the prices for haul-out. It is more expensive here to be on the hard
than to have a slip (pen) in a marina. Our first haul-out on arrival was at Port Bundaberg; the daily fee for being on the hard
(in the DIY section) was something like AU$50-60 per day. Ouch. Our second year haul-out was in Victoria - at Yaringa Boat Harbour on Western Port Bay; their yard fees
were 'reasonable' at AU$700 per 3 months, however, I believe their prices have gone up since last year. They do allow welding and blasting, although the yard is miles away from civilization. But the liveaboard
community there is great at providing rides to town for provisioning
We are currently in Pittwater, off Broken Bay north of Sydney
. The yard we rent our mooring
from (Lovett Bay Boat Shed) has informed us that New South Wales is implementing new OSHA-type restrictions in 2012 which will make DIY almost, if not impossible - things like having to wear a harness while on scaffolding; the scaffolding must have back-rail supports, etc. Many of the smaller haul-out facilities in NSW will be closing if these regulations
are enforced - they won't be able to take the financial steps necessary to comply.
If you make it to Tasmania, there is an excellent cheap
DIY yard on the Huon River at Port Huon called Kermandie Marina (email Tommo at email@example.com
Good luck in your search.