Canberra - Post Report Question and Answers

What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

I joined a book club that included other Americans, and I was part of a group of mums who ran, but otherwise, as noted above, you make your own fun. People go to Sydney or the beach for the weekend, or they go skiing or they meet up at a local pool. It mostly just feels like you are in the US living your life most of the time (except for the accents and the kangaroos in the streets). - Aug 2020


Not much, BBQ at the park? - May 2012


Lots of options. You have to work a bit to find the spots you like, but you can find pretty much anything you would want to do here. Canberra can be sleepy sometimes, but there is a lot of fun to be found if you go looking for it. - May 2011


Not really. 18 is the drinking age and the bars are full of idiots. - Dec 2010


BBQs are popular, of course! - Nov 2010


Australians are a very social people, and its easy to make Australian friends. Be sure you bring a bbq grill with you -- that seems to be their number-one past time! - Apr 2010


They have a lot of membership clubs here, depending on your interests/sports. - Oct 2009


Social life is ok. Being a small city you get small city entertainment. But Sydney is onlya 3 hour dirve if you need a big city fix. - Apr 2009


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