Finding a board game group can be a great option for those looking to play a diverse range of board games and explore the board gaming hobby further.

However, finding a group can be a challenge if you don’t know where to start here are four options that should suit most looking to be involved in a board game community.

If you are looking at this article and are just looking for a meetup then check out this Google Map created by the Australian Board Game Community to find your local meetup or to find nearby board game groups and events.

The map even colour-codes different groups by the day of the week they meet and covers all of Australia (and some of New Zealand).

Every one of the groups Listed has the address, the cost to attend (if there is any) and meeting times listed along with any other relevant information that you might need to attend.

If you are looking for gamers for your group, this is a great resource to join.

If your board game group isn’t here and you want it to be you can CLICK HERE to submit your gaming group to the list.

Option One: Start A Group at home

A great option is to start your own board game group at home with a couple of friends this method will most likely have the largest financial investment as you will need to supply the games that you and your group will play each week.

But if you have a few group members invested in contributing games this is very easy to do and you can play the same game more then once, despite the logic of my gaming group.

Option Two: Start a Board Game Meetup

If you have the resources and are looking at creating something a bit more extensive and grandiose you can always start your own group.

To do this I would recommend you have at least 20 games in your collection that are a diverse mix of different styles everything from party games to a couple of Eurogames should provide a well-rounded range of games so that everyone has something to play.

Once this is done find a venue that has a few tables and advertise it in the local community and see who shows up.

Don’t be disheartened if you only get a couple of players but always keep in mind that even tho you might want to play for 12 hours most new gamers will be tapped out around 3 hours so don’t expect people to hang out all day at letting your community’s feedback drive your group.

Once you are set up CLICK HERE to submit your gaming group to the list of groups on the Map above.

Option Three: Join a Board Game Meetup

There are heaps of different options for you if you are looking to join an existing meetup don’t expect to be playing weekly but you should be able to find something using the map above otherwise it might be time to work with a group of people and get something local started.

Option Four: Play Games Online

You have tried all the other options and nothing works for you then why not try using a tabletop simulator and playing online? It’s a great alternative for those that can’t get to a regular group.

Download Tabletop Simulator Here

Check out some of the Groups Below

NameFrequency Day LocationDetails FacebookAges Cost Other Details
Canberra Boardgames ClubBi-Monthly 2nd & 4thSundayThe Durham Castle ArmsACT gambling is not permitted at any of our events. As we will be meeting in licensed venues, you need to be at least 18 years old to join.
Woden Valley BoardgamesMonthly – 1st weekdaySaturdayWoden LibraryACT games, card games.Free
GLOG (Gungahlin Library Open Gaming)Monthly – 2nd weekdaySaturdayGungahlin LibraryACT the games.Free.
KLOG (Kippax Library Open Gaming)Monthly – 4th weekdaySaturdayKippax LibraryACT gaming: board games, card games, etc.Free
Canberra Tabletop GamersVarious – see infoVarious – see infoACT table top gamingThis group serves as a community bulletin board for the Canberra gaming community. Events, retail offers and other items of interest will be posted, and members are invited to use the board to organise their own groups and sessions.
Australian National University Games SocietyWeeklyFridayHANDCOCK WEST (Building) 1st FloorACT GamesNIL
Enfield Gamers GroupBi-Monthly 1st & 3rdThursdaySt Thomas Anglican ChurchNSW
GamezillaDailyVarious – see infoGamezillaNSWgamezillaonline.com, board, miniaturevaried
Southside Board Games (Kogarah)FortnightlyMondayNSW
Broken Hill Tabletop GamersFortnightlyTuesdaySouth Community Centre LibraryNSWFree
Woonona Board Games GroupFortnightlyWednesdayWoonona Baptist ChurchNSW friendly, welcoming space for people interested in modern board and card games. Open to all ages, all genders, and all levels of board game experience.Free
Tamworth Games ClubFortnightlySaturdayTamworth Community CollegeNSWWarhammer 40K, AOS, MtG, X Wing, Armada, Warmachine, L5R, Relic Knights etc$5 entryChildren under 15 must be accompanied by an adult
Above board gamesFortnightlyThursdaySouth Dubbo Veterans and Community Men’s ShedNSW gamesgold coin
Chatswood Library Tabletop NightsFortnightlyThursdayChatswood LibraryNSWFree
Green Square GamersFortnightlyTuesdayGlenroy HotelNSW games nights, beginners welcomed0Be sure to join our Facebook group and like our Facebook page to keep up to date with upcoming events
Sydney Tabletop GamesMonthlySundayNSW Gaming8Attendance via RSVP ONLY – Please see the Meetup page for details
Sydney Central Board GamesMonthly – 1st weekdayFridayGames ParadiseNSW games5The $5 the attendees pay gets paid at the counter before heading upstairs to the gaming area. This is to support the venue.
Springwood Board GamersMonthly – 1st weekdaySaturdayHouseNSW through to Pandemic: Legacy. Plenty of Spiel des Jahres winners.FreeEvents are managed through the “Springwood Board Gamers” facebook group
Tabletop Games in the MountainsMonthly – 1st weekdaySaturdayKatoomba libraryNSW Tabletop GamesFreeThe facebook group is a general forum for organising games activities in the Blue Mountains. The monthly event at Katoomba Library is one of those activities.
Queanbeyan Open GamesMonthly – 3rd weekdaySaturdayQueanbeyan Leagues ClubNSW, games, games!Free
Game On!Monthly – 3rd weekdaySaturdayThe Lounge RoomNSWFun community space, so anything from party games to heavy euros.Donation to support MMAD who lend us the spaceWe do pizza dinners together for $5 around 7pm
Every Gamers GuildVarious – see infoVarious – see infoCharlestown LibraryNSW tabletop games – Every Game and Every GamerFree for first visit, casual entry or membership optionsMeets 4 times each month:
Kingdom GamersVarious – see infoSundayChurchNSW game’s and meet new peopleNone
Meeple MixerVarious – see infoSaturdayEpping Scout HallNSW celebrate International Tabletop Day and Ticket to Ryde’s first birthday, with all-day open gaming and fun activitiesTickets available at, Apr 27, 2019
Sutherland Shire GamersVarious – see infoVarious – see infoSylvania Heights Community & Youth ClubNSW and tabletop GamesSee website for times and days.
Newcastle Board GamesVarious – see infoVarious – see infoVariesNSW GamesFreeThis is a new group focus mainly for board game lovers in Newcastle and surrounding areas.
Northside Gamers – ChatswoodWeeklyTuesdayChatswood ClubNSW GamingFree (although purchasing food or drinks is recommended)We are and inviting group of gamers open to anyone to attend
Sydney Tabletop GamesWeeklyThursdayNSW Gaming5Attendance via RSVP ONLY – Please see the Meetup page for details
Lunchtime Games at CentralWeeklyGood Games Sydney CentralNSW GamingDiscussion Thread –
Inner West GamersWeeklyTuesday3 Weeds HotelNSWTabletop GamingFree
Ticket to RydeWeeklyWednesdayWest Ryde HotelNSWTabletop GamingFree (although purchasing food or drinks is recommended)
Upper North Shore BoardgamersWeeklyThursdayGametraders LiveNSW Gaming
Central Coast Board Games MeetupWeeklyThursdayGood Games GosfordNSW
Sydney Central Board GamesWeeklyTuesdayThe Bear BarNSW games6The $6 that players pay gives them a drinks voucher for the bar. It is just a cost to support the venue
“De-Stress” Social Gaming (Parramatta)WeeklyMondayParramatta RSLNSW
Northwest Board GamersWeeklyWednesdayRiverstone Schofields Memorial ClubNSW GamingClub membership is $5.50 per year and comes with various benefits like discounted drinks. We encourage game night attendees to join up and support the venue.
Northwest Sydney Tabletop GamersWeeklyFridayMini Espresso BarNSW
Northwest Sydney Tabletop GamersWeeklyTuesdayGames Night in the Hills @ Baulkham Hills Bowling ClubNSW
Northwest Sydney Tabletop GamersWeeklyWednesdayGGBV Boardgames @ Good Games Bella VistaNSW
Northwest Sydney Tabletop GamersWeeklySaturdayGood Games Bella VistaNSW
Sydney Beer and Board GamesWeeklySaturdayAustrian Schnitzel HouseNSW friendly gamersFree, but you really should buy a drink 🙂This is a friendly gaming group who plays for the love of cardboard. Aggressive, alpha gamers are not welcome.
NABSWeeklyWednesdayMayfield WestsNSW Tabletop GamesFREE
Lismore TableTop Gamers Inc.WeeklySundayLismore Heights Sports, Recreation & Community ClubNSW, minis, card games, RPGs- something for everyone.$5 casual- first visit free, memberships availableAll those under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Games in the hillsWeeklyTuesdayBaulkhum Hills bowling clubNSWCasual, mid weight and prototype0Join the Meetup group, all gamer levels welcome!
inner westie geeksWeeklyThursdayPetersham RSLNSW’s a small group, we meet most Thursday’s, ask on the FB page to confirm we’re not skipping a week
Central Coast Board Games MeetupWeeklyThursdayGood Games GosfordNSW beginner games to heavy euros. Dark Moon and Brass are club favourites.Nil
Exciles Board GamersWeeklyWednesdayExciles ClubNSWhttps://www.exiles.club, light, midweight or heavy as well as other fun board or card games.8 (this is for entry to the main club)There are also meets a couple of Saturdays each month. Check the FB page for details.
Randwick EurogamersWeeklyThursdayAndrew’s placeNSWEuros and co-opsFreeContact Andrew on BGG if you’d like to try us out
Armidale and Region Family Friendly Board GamersWeeklyMondayUpstairs meeting room at the Armidale LibraryNSW style games like Carcassonne, TTR, Catan etcfree
Good Games Hurstville Thursday Night GamesWeeklyThursdayGood Games HurstvilleNSWPrimarily eurogames with slant on the new hotness.NA
South-West Sydney GamersWeeklyFridayNSWBoard Games
East End Board Game SocietyWeeklyTuesdayGrain Store Bar NewcastleNSW to medium board and card games.$2/session includes insurance on personal gamesWe’re happy to include like minded players. Laid back and inclusive group. Email moderators for an invite.
Board Gamers Guild Eastern SuburbsWeeklyFridayGood Games Bondi JunctionNSW board games and most miniatures games$5 to store creditWe are located upstairs
In Memory of Looters LairWeeklyThursdayCabbage Tree Hotel Fairy MeadowNSW people feel like playingFreeAlmost every Thursday (numbers permitting) we honor the memory of The Looter’s Lair of Figtree, where many of us met, by playing board games at the Cabbage Tree Hotel in Fairy Meadow.
North Shore Beer & Boards GamesWeeklySaturdayBavarian Bier Cafe Chatswood – Shops 4 – 6, Chatswood Central PrecinctNSW beginner-friendly group meeting weekly. Bring a game you want to play, or just turn up!
Groote Board Game ClubWeeklyNT
Alice Warhammer and Tabletop Gaming ClubWeeklySaturdayOlsh Marian CentreNT from Warhammer to MTG and PandemicFirst time is free and then $2
Logan village gamersBi-Monthly 1st & 3rdVarious – see infoVariesQLDVaries0Looking to start a permanent group around the Logan Village area. Get in contact if you’re interested. Mainly just small group games collaborative and competitive.
Helensvale Board GamersFortnightlySaturdayHelensvale LibraryQLD games are fine.Free
Townsville BoardGamersFortnightlyWednesdayJubilee Bowls ClubQLD types of games5
Grilling GamesFortnightlyTuesdayGrill’d Camp HillQLD, Party Games to Mid weight GamesPurchase at least a drink ($4.5)Friendly, Welcoming to beginners.
Springfield Lakes Board and Card GamesFortnightlyFridayCrema Espresso SpringfieldQLD Coin DonationCheck Facebook page for event listings
Kedron BoardgamersMonthly – 1st weekdayTuesdayEdinburgh Castle HotelQLD Strategy gamesFree
Toowoomba BoardgamersMonthly – 2nd weekdaySundayBattlestation (Upstairs)QLD of all skill levels welcome3
Squad Leader Association of Brisbane (SLAB)Monthly – 3rd weekdaySaturdayAce Comics (Annerley Arcade)QLDSquad Leader (SL), Advanced Squad Leader (ASL)FreeWorld War II Tactical Boardgaming
Gladstone Board GamesVarious – see infoFridayGladstone Inclusion games as directed by the group$5/personPost in our Facebook group any games you would like to trial!
LXG BrisbaneVarious – see infoSundayQLD Contract Bridge ClubQLD and RPG$60 membership per year (free for members oo $7 for casual attendees).
Cloncurry Board Game and Puzzle ExchangeVarious – see infoVarious – see infoCloncurry CWAQLD and Strategy games0Always open to new members. We are an exchange, but also run Games nights regularly
Critical Mass NorthsideWeeklyFridayBanyo LibraryQLD Mass is (generally) focused on Euro games, in the style of Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan and more complex games.Free
Saturday Night Board GamesWeeklySaturdayGood Games IpswichQLD Friendly Board and Card GamesIts FreeParking underneath store via Limestone Street
Brisbane TableTop Saturday Gaming GroupWeeklySaturdaySt. Paul’s Anglican Church Ashgrove · Game Types BYO or play oursFreeJust be friendly.
Gold Coast Board Games ClubWeeklySaturdayQLD Board Games1
Capricorn TabletopWeeklyFridayCQUniversity RefectoryQLD, from BoardGames, Wargaming, Roleplaying etcFreeWe are located underneath the Birdcage bar.
Boardgames in the JungleWeeklyMondayThe Jindalee agesFREENo outside food or drink allowed as we are a cafe/kitchen. Feel free to bring young ones to play on the play equipment while you game, however, they are always your responsibility.
The Oasis boardgame groupFortnightlySaturdayVariousSAHttps:// boardgames.NilMessage the group to find out the next meet up time and location.
City of Small Gods Terry Pratchett Fan ClubQuarterlySundayLa Scala CafeSA Hobby BoardgamesGold Coin DonationGaming is only one of the things we do! Check the website for more.
Tabletoppers of AdelaideVarious – see infoVarious – see infoBrainHackr Board Game Bar & CafeSAwww.brainhac.kr Tabletoppers of Adelaide social group is made up of a diverse collection of gamers with a broad range of interests. With an active and engaging facebook community, it’s a great resource for finding new SA based gamers and organising play sessions.
Modbury Tabletop ClubWeeklySaturdayTea Tree Gully LibrarySA, and family friendly environment and we will follow and abide by the behavioural guidelines of the Tea Tree Gully Library
GAMES Club (Adelaide Uni, open to all)WeeklyWednesdayClub Rooms, Lady Symon BuildingSA a bit tricky to get to, message the page with any questions or for help navigating from Gate 10 or otherwise on Campus
Port Adelaide Library Board GamesWeeklyThursdayPort Adelaide board games and people!0All welcome
The Hobart League of Competitive Gamers (CoGs)Monthly – 1st weekdaySaturdayThe Big Blue HouseTAS competition and the maintance of leaderboards0A special interest group that complements the activities of the Hobart Games Society.
Hobart Games SocietyMonthly – 1st weekdaySundayLenah Valley Community HallTAS for first time, $5 after that (Membership available)Bring a friend or two, or come along and make new friends. Bring a game or two, or come along and play one of ours.
Hobart Games SocietyMonthly – 2nd weekdaySaturdayBellerive Community HallTAS for first time, $5 after that (Membership available)Bring a friend or two, or come along and make new friends. Bring a game or two, or come along and play one of ours.
Board Gamers of the North WestMonthly – 3rd weekdayThursdayCafe your own games if possible
Hobart Games SocietyMonthly – 3rd weekdaySaturdayLenah Valley Community HallTAS for first time, $5 after that (Membership available)Bring a friend or two, or come along and make new friends. Bring a game or two, or come along and play one of ours.
Hobart Games SocietyWeeklySaturdayVarious – check FB$5/night – annual membership availableVery friendly for beginners
Haven Table TopWeeklyFridayUniting Church HallTAS (donations welcome)
Hobart Games Society (aka ‘HoGS’)WeeklyVarious – see infovarious locations around tabletop gamesfirst time free, then $5 or join HoGSWe’re a family-friendly group who meet in and around Hobart, primarily in community halls and game stores. You can find our events in FB or on our website, or join our mailing list to receive bi-monthly mail-outs about what’s happening at HoGS!
Meeple Like Us – BendigoBi-Monthly 1st & 3rdTuesdayBendigo Bowling CentreVIC to Medium Euro.FreeFree meetup currently every third week on Tuesday.
Euro Games Fest (Melbourne)Bi-monthly – 1st & 3rdSundayWadham HouseVIC Gaming4To have fun and explore new European strategy Board Games
BADGAFortnightlySaturdayVRI HallVIC Games and Board Games$5 first time free
Cardboard City Games ClubFortnightlyWednesdayMetropolitan HotelVIC – Euros, Ameritrash, Fillers, etc …noneCalendar is published via the Meetup Group at
Goulburn Valley Gamers GuildFortnightlyWednesdayVarious locationsVIC us out on
Boardgames at the GeneralFortnightlyThursdayGeneral GamesVIC
Northern Suburbs Euro GamersFortnightlySundayCroxton Park HotelVIC, party, social
Monday Night BoardgamesFortnightlyMondayGames LaboratoryVIC
Gamers in Mernda and SurroundsFortnightlySundayBridge Inn HotelVIC, RPG, X wing, new to games, seasoned veteransAbsolutely FREE!We have over 600 games between the admins of the group with a good balanced of gateway games, older games, newer games and even Kickstarter games!
TribeNet PBEMFortnightlyVarious – see infoInternationVIC is a Play by Email build-campaign strategy game with a medieval mood set in a dynamic multi-player world.The first year is free to play to see how you like it.TribeNet offers a gameplay world of tremendous depth and sophistication unlike few others and it is constantly evolving as players are given the opportunity to help the game grow – this is one of its hidden strengths. It’s a collaborative community in which many players have formed strong bonds of friendship.
Genderbread GamersFortnightlySundayTallarook HotelVIC Gamers is a volunteer driven tabletop gaming group for members of the LGBTQI+ community, their allies and those questioning their sexuality. We meet fortnightly to play board games in a safe, fun, inclusive and discrimination free space. Our events are open to people aged 15+. All are welcome and encouraged to attend regardless of gender, sexual preference, physical ability or religion.
Games in the MaineMonthly – 1st weekdaySundayUniting Church HallVICHttp:// gamesGold coin
The Discerning Board GamerMonthly – 1st weekdaySaturdayThe House of WarVIC are a group who love our boardgames. We may all have our own tastes in games but a few common traits bind us together. This is the desire to play games that make us think, games that are unique, games that we can laugh over, games that we’ve possibly never heard of before and games that we’ll want to play again next month. Simply put i think we’re a group of people who are just a little bit discerning about the games we play.
Melton MeeplesMonthly – 2nd weekdaySaturdayMelton Library, Cafe sectionVICSocial tabletop gaming, euros and some party gamesFree!Inclusive space, LGBTIQ+ and game designers welcome, young people under 14 need an accompanying adult.
Hawthorn Cafe GamesMonthly – 2nd weekdaySaturdayHawthorn hotelVIC 12:00 to 4:00 pm: exclusively social/party games. 4:00-10:00 pm: Euro, strategy
St Paul’s Board GamesMonthly – 3rd weekdayFridaySt Paul’s Lutheran Church Box HillVIC people want to bringNo costCoffee, Tea available, BYO everything else
Casey Cardinia LibrariesMonthly – 3rd weekdayThursdayEndeavour Hills LibraryVIC new games. Modern classics rather than the old “roll and move” types.
Victorian Historical Boardgaming CollectiveMonthly – 4th weekdaySundayGames LaboratoryVIC wargames (e.g. GMT titles)Meets on the last Sunday of the month.
Webrary GamesMonthly – 4th weekdaySaturdayWerribee LibraryVICfree
Mallee Tabletop Games IncorportatedVarious – see infoVarious – see games / RPG / War Games$2 per person per evening for non members, or $5 a month membership.
BADGA ConVarious – see infoThe Bendigo wargamesvaries,annual convention, Queen’s Birthday Weekend
Here Be GamesVarious – see infoSaturdayHere Be GamesVIC“Regular tabletop games”. Everything welcome but we’re not focused ona particular type (e.g. miniature, party, etc)freeFree sausage sizzle at midday. Onsite library of over 150 games. Friendly group of gamers (not clicky)
Ballarat Board and Card GamesVarious – see infoVarious – see infoPancake Kitchen and variousVIC coin
Bayside Gamers for GoodVarious – see infoTuesdayCanoe CanoeVIC last Tuesday of the month except December
Billabong BoardgamersWeeklyTuesdayAmaroo Neighbourhood HouseVIC$2 after your first visit
GamezillaWeeklyTuesdayIzakaya ChujiVIC board games and card games welcome.2Board game nights run on Tuesdays and Thursdays – RPGs on Monday night. Get 10% off any food and drink purchased on the night. Please register via meetup as this event does book out.
Stranger Gamers – Western Suburbs Gaming GroupWeeklyThursdayCheeky PintVIC games, strategy games, ameritrash and social gamesBring your own game(s) to play or turn up and play something brought by someone else
Gamers @ DockersWeeklyThursdayGood GamesVIC, euro, strategy
Guf board games GeelongWeeklyTuesdayGuf GeelongVICAll games welcomeFree
Bendigo Gaming GroupWeeklyWednesdayGuf BendigoVICsearch Bendigo Gaming Group
Greensborough Board GamesWeeklyWednesdayGood Games GreensboroughVICAll board and tabletop gamesFree
Manor Lakes MeeplesWeeklySaturdayManor Lakes LibraryVICwww.wyndhamgeek.club, Ameritrash and Party GamesFree (will review at end of year)Children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult
Monash Boardgames SocietyWeeklyMondayMonash University – see facebook for weekly room membership, $3 if you have a MSA membership or $8 withoutOnly runs during semester, (with occasional meetings during the university breaks)
PGSWeeklyFridayPro Gamers and Collectibles (PGS)VIC play most Friday nights, with frequent events on other week nights. Pop in or post on the Facebook group.
Little Bandicoots Gaming ClubBi-Monthly 1st & 3rdSundayQuenda GamesWA, ages 5-12Free
Murdoch Gaming SocietyFortnightlyVarious – see infoMurdoch UniversityWA and allFreeWe meet on alternating Saturdays and Sundays. Student society, but open to anyone
WABA: Mt. ClaremontMonthly – 2nd weekdaySaturdayMt Claremont Community Centre (Banksia Room)WA GamingCost will be $5.00 but entry is free if this is your first WABA event
Perth Boardgaming GroupMonthly – 3rd weekdaySaturdayBob Daniels Community CentreWAAll types. Family friendly environment with a social outlook.FreeBring an attitude of fun and be willing to have a go.
WABA: ThornlieMonthly – 4th weekdaySaturdayForest Lakes Family CentreWA GamingCost will be $5.00 but entry is free if this is your first WABA event
The Board CollectiveVarious – see infoSaturdayQuenda Games, MidlandWA – multi-player, longer-play, higher level strategy10Frequency is 4-weekly (not an option in your drop-down). Next is Saturday 28th July, then 4-weekly like clockwork from there.
Busselton Modern Board Game ClubVarious – see infoVarious – see infoWA & Card Games
Monday Knights KalgoorlieWeeklyMondayBoulder Law Bowls ClubWA Board Games, MTG, RPG, 40k, KillteamFirst Time Free, $50 for membership
Karratha TabletopWeeklyWednesdaySoul cafe KarrathaWA

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