I was at the L&S store in Victoria recently, hoping against hope that they might have a Patterson tank and reels lying around.
They had a complete darkroom section, with fresh paper, chemistry, and some equipment. The fellow I talked to was knowledgable and friendly. I have to admit, in this day and age, I was pretty, (and pleasantly), surprised.
I bought some stuff and then went and had a beer to celebrate the fact that there's still some good shops around.