Nice to see your post on HUBB.
One great thing that happens in about February each year is a gathering of HU members somewhere in Oz. The last two years has been at Tintaldra near Albury. A great weekend to meet fellow travellers, take in some talks and slideshows of adventures and just sit and talk with like-minded people. Some even take their families so that is not a barrier either.
Keep a lookout on HUBB for the advertised dates. Book early if you want accommodation as there is usually 100-140 members there and Tintaldra is just a whistle stop with pub and general store on the Murray River. Drop me a line if you need more info.
Cheers for now and hope your enjoyment of the site fulfills your dreams.