Go to the shops like Courts, Harvey norman, etc. List down all cameras that you think look nice, feel ok to use and fit your budget. Then go google the reviews and make an informed decision. Easy, right?
Considering that you are new, and this is your first post, sorry that the replies seems a bit harsh. However please note that there are currently too many models of digital cameras out there for any one person to keep track of, hence it might be better for you to make a trip down to the nearest electronics store (e.g. Best Denki, Harvey Norman or Courts) and ask them for recommendations of cameras within your budget (< $300).
If you still can't make up your mind after hands-on with the recommendations, at least you will have a short-listed selection of which cameras you prefer. Then perhaps you might want to come back and ask for opinions on those you short-listed.