The story so far:
Plan A: Order the iPhones from Aussie Apple store. Send them to mate in Queensland. She sends them to her office in KL with special DHL or TNT connections. That didn’t work.
Plan B: Mate to send the iPhones to my parents in Melbourne. We collect them at Xmas time in six weeks, a very long time to wait. But there was another remote option…
Plan C: Mate’s colleague is visiting Queensland from KL next weekend for a couple of days then returning to KL. No third party to rely on and no customs to avoid. Strictly hand-to-hand dealing with people everyone knows. A theoretical eight day wait from now. Radstix. Fingers crossed :D