Update (Feb.6/07): The Official Google Blog - Google Maps down under
Google Maps has added two valuable features today for users in Australia and New Zealand: Driving Directions and Business Search:
The "Get Directions" feature is available for both Australia and New Zealand roads and streets while "Find Businesses" is available only for Australia.
Google is also releasing Google Maps for Mobile to mobile users in this region today, making the availability of local business search and directions that much more useful while out and about.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Here comes Google's maps with the lot
Web deal for Google, News
The Radioactive Yak Blog:
Google Local Australia Live
Related Google Maps Mania posts:
Google Maps Australia is now live
Australian Google Maps Mashup Posts:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
New Zealand Google Maps Mashup Posts:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
Google Maps street maps for ALL of Australia and New Zealand!
Also from the Google Maps API Blog (Sep.6/06):
Australia and New Zealand Get Geocoding