One of the most dislocating aspects of moving to a new place is not knowing anyone. One of the best ways I've found to solve this alienation is to arrive and immediately volunteer in the community. There is nothing like throwing yourself in to helping out to help you meet people and get to know your new area. It's win win for everyone.
This morning I've spent doing the morning shift looking after the community gallery here in my new town of Bellingen. It's been quite a pleasant learning.