CHUB, if you want my advice buy a cruiser board and see how you go. If you really like it then think about buying a trick board. You don't have to buy a massive cruiser but something with big wheels. Also, it's hard. everything. Even a simple ollie or pushing is difficult. I think there's a steep learning curve but that only lasts for a limited time.
I did skate a TINY bit when I was around 10. I could ollie fine and was progressing nicely on kick flips.
It was always on my older brothers boards though and I didn't have any true interest. So I never really watched any videos, learnt about the equipment/brands or learnt mechanical skills. I had no skater friends or ventured anywhere besides the pavement outside the kitchen door (literally).
So I know what road I want to go down. I was hoping there was a "holy-grail" type skate store/brand like many industries have that would save me doing research and getting burnt.
Bummer you're in Darwin. I'm hoping the Redcliffe skatepark has cleaned up since I was a kid, that place was always a cesspool.