Love, Down Under: Dating agency matches single women to farmers
"Brides" pursue a single male on a race track as part of a radio promotion in Brisbane, Australia.
May 28th, 2011
02:59 PM ET

Love, Down Under: Dating agency matches single women to farmers

Pop singer Beyonce told single ladies to put their hands up, but maybe she should have directed them Down Under.

A dating agency is shuttling busloads of single women to rural areas in hopes that they’ll find lonely farmers, according to an article in the London Telegraph.

Contacted by CNN late Friday, Brie Peters said she got the idea for the single women tours from a chance encounter.

“I’m lucky enough to have some friends that live in the outback of Australia,” she said, “and we were at a pub one night and the pub owner said, ‘Brie, you’ll be interested in this, ‘I know a lot of single women that send me letters’ ” looking for rural men, she said.

Peters said she came up with a tour service, Thank Goodness He’s a Country Boy, that caters to women but also addresses a serious issue in Australia's urban areas: Evidently it's where the boys aren't.

In 2008 a book by author Bernard Salt stated Australia had nearly 100,000 more women than men in its metropolitan areas. The book even had maps that showed where the guys were.

Is it that bad for single women in Australia, particularly in New South Wales, Queensland and Melbourne, areas where Peters operates her agency?

In February a Brisbane radio station ran a promotion, Running of the Brides, that pitted women in bridal dresses in a race after one man. The pre-Valentines Day stunt was a gas, but the event was put on after statistics that showed there were seven women to every one man in the city.

Peters, who also owns an event company, said she remains single despite running into great guys every time she organizes a tour.

“What we do is we take the city girls out to the country and throughout the day. The women get fully pampered, they get makeup, they go out to eat and the guys put on a massive show,” she said.

Peters said she’s been doing the tours for about six months now and has an “85% success rate.” She said her biggest outing consisted of 200 women heading to the dust roads and Outback bush in search of menfolk.

But don’t think the men aren’t screened, Peters said.

“I try to go out into the town and meet as many of the guys as I can beforehand,” she said, “because many of them are shy. They aren’t just farmers, either. They are plumbers, run-of-the-mill normal, ordinary men.”

The girls night out does come with a cost: Peters said she charges $350 for women and $50 for men.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    i like.. "love down under"

    May 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. farmer troll

    i'm lookin for lovin out here in the sticks. any city troll women folk wanna come out her to my farm?

    May 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. used up city women troll

    hey farmer troll. tired of pig-pen lovin? i'm ready of all these city troll's and am ready to make a move to the country.

    ps. farmer troll if you can't wait to find out what im like in bed. jusst get a bucket of knight crawlers and close our eyes.

    May 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fancy stuck up city women troll

    @used up city women troll

    if you hadn't slept with every city dweller it wouldn't be like throwing a hotdog down an alley way..

    May 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. High Jack My Name

    Women be careful men cheat, look at Arnold, Tiger, Newt, John Edwards, Clinton, Sanford, Solomon, Gary Hart, Jim Baker etc; P.S the Trolling is old, give it a rest, retard.

    May 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. God's Gift to Wimmen

    Run faster, dude – maybe none of them hawgs will catch up to you.

    May 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dutch

      Go NOW! Run to the choppah! Heaven awaits with many fine women who aren't woodchippers!

      May 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Imglad

    Gonna be a bunch of lonely sheep.

    May 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. H.A.M 99

    I love it down under, up top, and sideways...

    May 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey

    Don't laugh.
    You've got to meet them somewhere.
    In your apartment building. In the gym. In a bar. At the beach. In a music rehearsal.
    On a farm...? OK, so bus them in.
    Not a big selection, though.
    Why don't the guys take the bus (or tractor) into town?

    May 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT

    @IMGLAD...

    question= why do farmers take the sheep to a cliff to do them?

    answer= so they psuh back...

    May 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    I like to dress up as a muslim sheep herder and sneak up on the sheep and have my way with them.

    May 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      awesome...lol ever see that video of the night vison helecopter recording them over there in iraq...lol it happens more than they admit..

      May 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Miss Anthrope

    I'm not sure these city girls would be ready for the life as a farmer's wife...
    Farming is an extremely difficult, time-consuming job. Literally a sun-up to sun-down job.
    It's a harsh way to make a living.
    Good luck to them!

    May 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      whatever... thats what mexicans are for...

      May 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Miss Anthrope

    Ruffie....
    You're so not right...but I laughed anyway.

    May 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      clarification... only the illegal ones...

      the rest can work at tacobell and kfc and pizzahut..

      May 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey

    sheep wieners taste almost as good as gay black wieners.

    May 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Ever have a girl after the Denver Nuggets finished with her? It's the best of both worlds.

      May 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    sometimes when i feel like a jerk i put on my "ins" jacket and hat and walk into the fast food restraunt... it's so funny..

    May 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quigley

      The big corporate companies don't hire illegals. Only the cheapo mom and pop shops do. Regardless of what you may have heard from Michael Moore

      May 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
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