Thanks for the replies.
asanil - I had looked at bunkers and they do look well made but didn't really see a style I liked. I realise you can choose the finish you want so they might look different painted. Ah I have just noticed on their website that they have a showroom in Auburn. Might be worth popping in to have a look, I find they always look different close up.
Mamabug - yes this is what I consider a federation style bed. It is actually really nice and looks well made too but when we looked at one instore (it's also known as a Fraser bunk) it seemed too chunky for the small room it's going in. However, because it looks solid and well made it is still a possibility. The other downside for us is you can't reverse the ladder, which we would prefer.
babycat - Yes I know what you mean about not wanting to spend a fortune - especially as you have to buy 2 x new mattresses, bedlinen, doonas etc. This also looks like a nice bunk but is a mixture of hardwood and MDF, though the MDF may be just in the panels at the ends. Would be worth checking out, though I do prefer open slats at the bed ends, again because of the size of the room I thought it might seem too closed in. The room is rectangular so you would see the bunk end on, rather than side on if that makes sense. Hmm...I sound very picky don't I!
This is more the style I am after, but better made and solid timber - not a mix of materials. (Probably should have posted this in the OP)http://www.bestinbeds.com.au/shop-online/b...er/sussex-bunk/