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Australian Culture Guide

Janusz Siwiorek .

How To Make Friends With Locals

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When you are in Australia it’s time to make friends with the locals. This is a great way to really experience your town from a local perspective and enrich your cultural understanding during your time there.

There are many ways to meet locals – from exploring websites and apps such as MeetUp, Bumble BFF and SportsHosts, to attending popular art exhibitions and cafes, or joining student groups networks and even group assignments.

Finding where the locals spend time is one thing, but building up a genuine friendship can take some effort. We recommend choosing an ongoing activity that you are interested in and attending on a weekly basis so you can build your friendship over time.


Most institutions have clubs and societies. There are many clubs made up of others that share your particular interest in Harry Potter, badminton, Clash of Clans, singing, getting fit, robots, fashion and beauty, debating, juggling, Kpop, movies, Mahjong or your political, religious and cultural group. The list of options is endless! 


Meetup is a website that allows you to find all different kinds of sporting events and groups. From casual soccer matches on Saturdays to Dragon boating teams, this is a great way to be active and meet new people.


Bumble BFF is the place where you can meet your new best friend, partner in crime, wing woman, workout partner, or anything else that strikes your fancy!


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Melbourne locals love their sport! Groups of fans go together each week to watch games, meaning an instant community of people you can connect with.

SportsHosts is a simple, easy way to find real people to watch live sports together. This is your opportunity to meet locals, come together over sports and build your community.

The SportsHosts website allows you to find local sports fans, who you then can connect up with as your buddy to attend a sports match and enjoy typical Melbourne GameDay activities such food before the game, drinks afterward.

Sport is a great event to connect through, as you can easily understand it and it’s an important part of the local culture. Following a team’s progress each week means you’ll always have something to talk about with your new friends.

( by Portia)