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Where are all the eligible singles?

Updated on January 31, 2013

Do you ever get the feeling your city is in the middle of a singles drought? Has the sight of canoodling couples left you wondering where all the eligible bachelors or bachelorettes are hiding?

The good news is that there are countless singles across the country who are looking to find love – you just need to know where to look. With this in mind, here are five easy tips for anyone who is searching for a partner.

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Which locations have the most singles?

As a general rule, the most common place to find single people is in the big cities. Capital cities like Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane not only have larger populations, they also have more opportunities that lure single people to live there, like jobs and universities.

Certain suburbs in every city are also more likely to feature large groups of singles, like Sydney’s King Cross clubbing scene and the student quarters, such as Newtown and Glebe.

Common singles activities

There are some activities and locations that attract more singles than couples. Here’s a look at where to head if you’re hoping to meet some like-minded people looking for love in your city.

Places for sporty singles

The sporting stadium is a great place to meet single men and women, not to mention find someone who shares a love for your favourite team.For any Sydney singles looking for love nothing beats a game of AFL, and the Sydney Swans matches are renowned for their safe and fun atmosphere.

If you prefer to get involved and play sport rather than just watch, be sure to make your way down to your local beach. Glenelg, St Kilda and Surfers Paradise always have friendly games of soccer and volleyball g along the shorefront, so head on down and ask to join in.

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Places to find cultural singles

Discovering singles doesn’t need to always be about going out to nightclubs and bars. If you’re looking for someone who shares your love of books and literature, be sure to head to one of the independent stores that host book readings, like Berkelouw's book store in Leichhardt. Located in the old Italian district in Sydney, it’s a great spot to go for a coffee and start chatting to someone about their latest read.

Alternatively, there are some excellent independent cinemas in Australia, which feature a range of indie or alternative film releases. Why not head there with a few friends and get chatting with other cinema-lovers in the attached bar?

Places to find nature loving singles

Australia is renowned for its natural beauty, and there’s no shortage of singles who regularly make the most of the nearby scenery. As well as the beautiful beaches, Australia is also famous for its superb bushland. Why not join a walking group that treks through areas like the Blue Mountains in NSW or the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne?

Starting a new activity is often the best way to expand your group of friends and meet people who share your interests. Taking a diving course, joining a bush conservation group or learning to surf are all excellent ways to bump into other eligible singles with a passion for the outdoors.

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Resource box

Independent Cinema Association of Australia

A list of independent cinemas across Australia to find other cultured singles

Sydney Morning Herald

The best cities for the single man in Australia

Weekend Notes

Best places to meet single men in Melbourne

Where have you had the most luck finding singles in Australia?

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