Upon the recommendations of a good friend, we've been to Centre Plumbing, in Bentleigh, to look for a kitchen sink.
Surprisingly, there are come good looking kitchen sinks out there. However, with our small budget we went for a budget sink - the Abey Project Plus 175, 1 3/4 bowl for $269. Much more expensive sinks are available.
A problem with mixer taps is that they become loose and leak from the body of the tap, and most manufacturers only offer a five year warranty on the cartridge within them. The cheaper taps with trendy extendable vegetable washing attachments also have nylon hoses that wear out - the one on display was showing signs of wear. The sales assistant advised that taps with push buttons (eg to change the spray pattern) may wear out more quickly too ie there's one more item to break.
In the end, we decided to go with the New Zealand made Methven Goose Neck for $280 (reduced from $330) because we liked the look and it comes with a 15 year warranty. It is a simple tap, without vegetable washing attachments or push-buttons to change the spray pattern. We rationalised that a cheaper tap with hoses and buttons may wear out quickly, then we'd be up for the price of a replacement tap or parts as well as the hefty costs of a plumber to change it over.