Hey Preston, welcome to eplaya!
If you snoop around these introductory threads a bit there was a surge of Aussie burners a couple of months ago. You might try getting ahold of some folks from your area!
Also, check out this Regionals page http://regionals.burningman.com/
for info about any regional gatherings that might be near you.
Good job on getting the prep work started early!
EDIT: Woops, forgot the URL for the regionals page.