Oasis reviews online dating in Australia

So you are ready to try your luck with this online dating thing. You have followed the fads and read the ads seen the fluff and sorted through the chuff. So where do you go from here? Oasis Network has been involved in online dating since 2001 we have followed the fads and market trends and we now offer you a range of dating reviews, tips and advice to save you time and effort. Find out which dating site is right for you.

Having reviewed most of the popular dating websites in Australia we review the top five online dating websites with very interesting results.

- eHarmony is another global brand that is expanding in Australia and also claiming to have 20,000,000 worldwide members.


eHarmony does seem to be popular although the TV ads may be a factor in this. Having read a few reviews myself before I joined eHarmony I saw there is a wide range of opinions. It seems you either love or hate the eHarmony approach to dating.

eHarmony appears to be geared for heterosexuals so if you are a looking for the same sex I don’t think this site is for you. I would suggest that eHarmony is for the serious dater, someone looking for a partner (marriage). Whereas this concept may be a little hard for us westerners to grasp it is very popular in India and Asian regions.

eHarmony acts as the match maker, it is not a browse through profiles kind of site. As the story goes it was developed by a doctor to scientifically match people based on compatibility. This all sounds very exciting but it also means you had better have some compatible traits to be matched with. To get started you are going to have to complete around 400 questions so this site is not for the faint hearted.

eHarmony was not my cup of tea however reading their testimonials they certainly seem to be working for many. As I said if you are serious about finding a partner, find it a little awkward initiating the approach and you are sick of time wasters then it might be for you. It is one of the most expensive dating sites something around $50 per month depending on the term and you have to be patient but eventually the matches do start coming in and one never knows what value can you put on finding that perfect partner.

eHarmony gets 3.5 stars but there is a certain group of serious daters that this may suit and I must say it is unique in what it offers. We will keep an eye on this and look forward to hearing you comments on onur blog.

eHarmony Pros:

  • Seems to be based on some heavy science
  • It does do the matching for you
  • Members are definitely serious about dating
  • Stringent screening of members
  • It gives you a personality profile

  • eHarmony Cons:

  • It is higher priced than other online dating sites
  • You need to provide a huge amount of info on yourself
  • It is not geared to browse membership database
  • You need to be patient
  • You need to have compatible traits, no guarantee of match

  • eHarmony Rating: 4 – 5 overall for dating in Australia!


    eHarmony Tip:

    An insiders tip: I read somewhere that one of the way to get the most out of the eharmony site was to sign-up for free, complete the questionnaire and receive your personality profile. Then leave it until you build up a small pool of matches, before signing up for a paid membership. This way you don’t have that agonizing wait for a match thinking that you have been ripped off or worse that you may be uncompatable with anyone. Apparently eHarmony will also from time to time offer you a coupon to sign-up to a paid membership so you may jag a discount as well. Good luck and good dating.

    Oasis Advice:

    One important statistic to remember is that 20% of the profiles get 80% of the attention. If you want to have more success with online dating put less emphasis on people’s looks, spend more time reading peoples profiles and more time on your initial emails to these potential matches. It should go without saying put some character into your own profile (a little humor goes a long way) and of course put up the best photo you can of yourself.

    There are many very nice, honest, intelligent and successful people out there who could make very good partners with you however may not be as photogenic, poetic or quite frankly as attractive as you would like them to be. It is very easy to be critical when you're browsing through a long list of profiles but you may be your own worst enemy. Try and be a little more open minded, a little less defensive and less focused on looks. We live in a very critical society and scrolling through a directory of photos is not helping matters. Try and look passed the photo and try to read into what people say about themselves with an open mind 'don't be so critical'.

    Also very important is only date locals. Chatting or engaging with people in far away (often exotic) places is only asking for trouble. If they are locals it is easy to establish their credentials this will minimize the risk of being scammed because believe me they are out there.

    Oasis Active, Match, RSVP, eHarmony, POF they are all very good sites with well thought through features to help in your quest for a partner, date or even a friend. Knowing what you are looking for will help; not having too high an expectation and understanding the pitfalls of online dating will also help. Remember the sites are simply the venue they attract people just like you who are looking for someone (some good, some not so good, some downright bad). How you approach it, the people you search for, chat with and possibly meet depends on you. Do not be too critical of the site if you have a bad or boring experience. Be positive, be careful but not too suspicious of people and you will get out of it what you put in. Obviously some people are more cut out for this type of thing but hey what have you got to lose. Relax, exercise some common sense, enjoy and jump in; millions of people are doing it.

    Oasis Quick Tips:

    My number one safety tip is: only date locals. Ask specific questions that only locals will know. Spend some time chatting online before meeting someone. When you are ready, meet in a public place maybe with a friend but don’t invite them over for drinks. A quick coffee at a local coffee shop in the middle of the day is great. Don’t have too high of an expectations, approach it as meeting a new friend. Exercise common sense but don’t be too suspicious. If someone sounds too good to be true they probably are so be cautious. Never lend anyone money for any reason (that is just silly) and don’t give out too many personal details online. Relax, ask about them, talk about things they are interested in, don’t compare them to your last boy or girl friend. Most important enjoy the experience remember we are doing this for fun :)

    Oasis Disclaimer:

    eHarmony Oasis Active, RSVP and Match Australia websites and trademarks are owned by their respective companies. Oasis network the owner of oasis.com.au has no relationship with any of these company. Opinions in this review are opinions of the writer only and do not reflect the views of oasis network, its owners, staff or associates. If you would like to write a review or comment on this review please feel free to add your comments to our dating blog.