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While I am not familiar with what is available down under, I can say that you can get a boat that is capable of doing such a journey with in your budget, and that many boats smaller than 30' are capable of such voyages.
The Contessa 26, or the boat it is based on, the Folkboat are both good choices. Westerly made quite a few models that fit your requirements, but they're an English firm, so I don't know if there will be many down where you are. Albergs, Cape Dorys, Southern Crosses, Elizabethans, are all boats that might fit your requirements.
Most of the ones that will meet your budget will be older full-keel designs, rather than newer, more modern fin keel designs.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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