You’re not going to find a Walkabout pub in San Francisco, and us Aussies seem to be pretty well spread out over the peninsula and east bay so it’s going to be tough to just run into a fellow Sandgroper, Taswegian, Crow-Eater or Banana-bender.
Your best bet for sharing stories and getting advice is to turn to the trusty internet-machine. I’ve compiled a catalogue of my favourite groups, mailing lists and Australian Communities in San Francisco and the US.
If you know of one that I’ve missed, feel free to get in touch or add it in the comments.
Have a little whinge about whatever you want, or ask a question, then return to your normal life.
This is a relatively new addition (unless you’re counting the historical aspect), and is perfect for those who are all for catching up with their fellow country-people in person (say that 10 times fast). Kicked off by a group of Aussies, the Third Thursday Aussies + Mates Happy Hour in September 2016 as a bit of a throwback to the gold mining days.
It seems that our reputation of being partial to a rowdy drink is well deserved in this case. A gang of the rowdier Aussies are thought to be responsible for an 1849 fire that burned down a portion of the city. So why not celebrate with a little get together down the pub?
“We came up with the idea after reading about the history of Australians in SF during the Gold Rush and the infamous Sydney Ducks. We just thought there was room for something more fun, welcoming and authentic than what was currently on offer,” says one of the founders.
Are you missing your weekly dose of footy? I’m talking about the real kind. Where the players wear guernseys and take spectacular marks? Then the Golden Gate Australian Football League is for you. They run men’s and women’s teams and even have a co-ed touch footy comp.
The women’s team, known as the San Francisco Iron Maidens, finished their 2016 on a high note – trouncing the Denver Bulldogs to claim the USAFL title. The Golden Gate Roos, the men’s team, were beaten 29-13 by the Austin Crows. But most of the points were scored with the wind behind the ball… so I reckon there should have been a rematch. The competition saw 40 footy club teams from across the US and Canada fight out for the championship trophy across six divisions.
Expat Community Groups
“This group started back in the late 90’s as yahoo group – it is still active in Yahoo.groups.com – but for the moment a lot of the original members are here and then some – ask to join your main criteria is to be an Aussie living somewhere either outside of Australia, having lived sometime outside of Australia, wanting to live outside of Australia or even wanting to know more about Australia. Bruce McCubbery started the Yahoo group with this intention and it lives on in his name.”