When I moved countries I had to start all over...for the first 6 months I stay around my family and hung out with their friends but they weren't mine...different types of people that liked different things to me. I joined a gym with my brother, as encouragement for him but also to get myself out there and meet people. But people aren't going to come up to you...I had to go the extra mile and talk to them, smile at them and even join in when they had Friday night drinks...soon I was introducing myself to all the ladies and asking for them numbers to catch up for coffee sometime..with the ones that I connected with which was most. Now after 6 years here I have a huge circle of friends and most are affiliated with a gym..not just the original one that I had joined but all over the Gold Coast.
Find something that interests you and put yourself out there...go the extra mile and be the one to start the conversations or ask to meet up for a drink be it coffee beer or even watching the footy. You'll be amazed how meeting a handful of people opens the doors as you meet their friends and friends of friends. And yes, people still do go to others houses for meals or bbq's....well it's a huge part of the life style here in Australia