Today in the mail we got our UK bank account Visa cards and a cheque book for the account. Now that will come in handy very soon - we have a deposit to pay on accomodation and they don't have credit card facilities.
So HSBC came up with the goods, just as they said they would. The account is open, the cards came to us here and there's nothing more to be done. I'd definitely recommend it to other Aussies wanting a bank account in the UK. Well worth the $200 fee to not have to do anything more.