I've recently moved back to live in Brisbane after 12 years in Sydney. Like you, I've been looking to find some film enthusiasts to go shooting with. I have found a very active Brisbane-based Canon group who are mostly digital shooters so I'm still looking. Which area of Brisbane are you in? I'm just north of Caboolture.
I've not yet had time to set up a darkroom in the new house I've bought. that will come in time. If I find a darkroom for hire I'll drop you a message.
I also have MF gear for sale. Mamiya 645 if you're interested.