Any Aussies near Melbourne that can help with personal request?

My son (Jackson, Alum 1918) was in Australia on a once in a lifetime trip and bought 2 snow globes, which he collects. After researching it, he thought he could travel with them, but customs confiscated them.

I am looking to see if there is anyone that could help me out. I would like to buy replacements and have them shipped to the US.

One of them is a lantern from Queen Victoria Market Stalls, the other is a Koala with gold leafs from the Koala Conservation Reserve on Phillip Island.

Let me know if you think you can help!


Were they confiscated by customs or TSA (or AU-equivalent of TSA)?

if it was TSA, mailing would work; if it was customs, I think they’d be likely to be confiscated again.

TSA I believe. It was a domestic flight between Melbourne and Sydney. It was because they aren’t allowed in carry-on because of the qty of liquid. He was already well past bag checks, so he couldn’t transfer them to checked bags.

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That really sucks, I’m sorry that happened.
Usually you are allowed to take any quantity of liquid onboard a domestic flight here, however, it does unfortunately have an exception that isn’t widely advertised:

Source: Travelling with powders, liquids, aerosols and gels

I’ll certainly post this thread on the FIRST Aus discord server and let you know how it goes.

I will also be heading down to Melbourne for the Melbourne Robotics Tournament next weekend and will spread the message there!
Unfortunately I wont get time to hunt them down myself while I’m there, otherwise I would.

I’ll let you know if I manage to get anyone onboard!

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Thanks. Cost is not a significant issue, especially after the amount the trip as a whole cost. He was super sad because he purposely didn’t buy a bunch of random stuff, so he only bought these two items and they both were confiscated… So being the good parent that I am, I would like to make this happen. :heart: