I do like the Palomino Blackwing's in "grey" ("half the pressure, twice the speed" ones). I have a soft spot for black erasers - specifically Faber Castell and Pentel ones.
I have another soft spot for the Mars Clutch pencil by Staedler.
Ticonderogas aren't really an Australian thing. I can't find them anywhere in a Brick and Mortar store.