Australia Dating Customs

by Melissa Sherrard

"Could I take you out to dinner this weekend?" is rarely heard in many places in Australia, because people Down Under still see the modern concept of dating as a new American custom that strikes them as odd. Australians go about finding that special someone in their own way, and attribute their style to the rich mix of ancient tribal influences and the traditions of European settlers.

Group Dating

Group dating is the norm across Australia, particularly among teenagers. It stands as a tribute to their gregarious culture and the value they place on friendship. Couples often don't go out on their first dates alone until they're almost 20 years old, and even after marriage Australians typically go out in groups more often than by themselves.

Women Lead

Single women in Australia typically do not shy away from asking out men they're interested in. Especially on the first date, women take the lead by making plans for the day or evening and handling reservations or other arrangements. When Australian women ask men out, they have no problem picking up the check, at least for the first few dates.

Going Dutch

Australians are used to paying their own way, and that includes when they're out with their significant other or on a group date. Whether you're meeting for an impromptu lunch or stopping at the theater later, it's not uncommon for both parties to help pay the bill. It takes the pressure off when everyone contributes, and Australians appreciate this in romantic relationships.

Matchmaking

Along with group dating, couples will often invite several of their single friends out for drinks, to their home for dinner, or to a movie to see if any sparks fly. But these get-togethers are not always planned to coax particular men and women into falling for each other on sight. Rather, they're simply a way for single men and women to get to know other singles who may share their interests.

Personal Ads

Australians let other singles know exactly what they're looking for by placing personal ads or participating in web-based dating services. This way to find fun and exciting people is becoming more popular as the cities along the country's coastlines blossom with new inhabitants. Shop around for the best service for you, and pick one that will protect your privacy.

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About the Author

Melissa Sherrard acquired her Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of Florida in 2007 and has been writing professionally ever since. She also has extensive hands-on experience planning weddings and other private functions. She has created original print materials including announcements, invitations and programs for weddings, corporate events and private functions.