In order to have maximum success with cougars in Australia you need to be using the best apps and sites out there. There are a lot of bad apps out there that you can easily waste a ton of time and money on. Fortunately, there are also a few great ones that are well worth your time to try out.
Every year we test out all the cougar dating sites and apps out there (over 100) to determine which are going to give you the best chances. These are the sites that are going to give you the best opportunity to meet single, attractive cougars from Perth to Melbourne to Brisbane and everywhere in between. We also make sure the these are recommendations that work for both guys who are older and younger than the cougars using the apps. These work for everyone!
We are extremely methodical in our approach and investigate everything from user numbers to the attractiveness of the women actually using the apps. The four main things we look at are:
With that in mind, we spent hundreds of hours combining through the available cougar dating apps in Australia to find the best. Below is what we found and we will continue to update it regularly. Don't forget to share your experiences in the comments!
There are a couple of sites that really stood out again this year (and have been leaders for years now). They are very different in what they can provide so be sure to take the time to understand what they can do for you. Signing up for both to try is a great idea though to see what you have been missing.
If you are a man interested in an actual relationship and not just something short-term Cougar Life is the best cougar dating app on the market acros Australia right now (and you can try them for free). Adult FriendFinder (which we will talk about next) is going to be what you want for short-term fun but Cougar Life is the top choice if you want more than a one night stand or friend with benefits.
There are a few things that we really like about Cougar Life that are worth sharing in more detail. First, when it comes to using cougar dating apps or cougar dating sites bigger is always better. You want to use the app that has the most single women possible. This gives you the best chances of finding someone you click with and often more than one. It's amazing how much "luckier" you get when you have more options. With over 7,000,000 members on Cougar Life that is a lot of chances.
Second, and what sets them apart the most, is the mindset of the women who are on Cougar Life. You want an app the isn't shy about helping single women meet up with both younger and older men. Most dating sites are terrible about this and it creates an environment where the women are no safe to share their preferences openly. With this site, every woman is open to men who are older and younger and that makes the process incredibly easy.
Finally, we find that any site or app that actually provides real value to the users has a free trial and offers full refunds. If they don't even let you test them out asking for your credit card number you should be very suspicious. Cougar Life has a simple free trial offer and offer refunds for the few customers who are not satisfied making the decision to at least check them out pretty easy.
Give their free trial a go and see what we mean. You don't get any results without trying something new!
If you are looking for short-term fun using a cougar site in Australia there are only a couple of sites worth considering. The first is Tinder, which is an app that almost every guy under 35 has heard of or tried, usually with less than great results. The second, and far more promising for actually meeting women is Adult FriendFinder.
While not quite as widely known as Tinder (you probably won't read about it in the Herald Sun), Adult FriendFinder actually has a user base that is comparable in size (over 90 million active members). The reason they are not as trendy is that the majority of the users are not millennials blaring about it on social media. They have been around a decade longer than Tinder and tend to have users that or single women 30+ as well as a wide range in ages for men.
If you are looking for a fling with a cougar or a friends-with-benefits type situation there isn't a cougar site that compares. They have a ton of users to give you the best chances of finding someone you click with and do a great job of actually connecting you. You can't be in business for fifteen years and have that many members without delivering on your promises. We would know, we've rated and reviewed all the best hookup sites and apps in Australia and they've been the top for a while now.
At this point, there really isn't any reason for an Aussie not to check them out. They have a free trial and also solid refund policy if you do decide to make thing way easier with a paid account. There isn't any downside and you could end up with a lot of new fun for just a few minutes of time. Try them out!
Third on our list, and the last cougar site worth recommending is OkCupid. There are a lot of things that we like about OKC but also a fair number of drawbacks that you need to know about. You can find good success in a lot of places where finding a single cougar is easy, but you will have the most success if you fall into the categories below.
OkCupid, like most more general dating apps of its kind can be a great place to meet cougars but tends to HIGHLY favor guys who are pretty good looking. If you are a good looking man who also has a few pictures that really emphasize it OkCupid should be on your list. There are a lot of people using the app and your pictures need to be able to stand out from the crowd. If you can't do that, it might be a rough go for you.
You also need to be warned that there are a LOT of women on OKC who are just looking for attention and don't actually want to meet up. They are there for the ego boost they get from all the message they receive and only very rarely message back. This is something a cougar site or app with paid memberships really helps to avoid, those members are there to actually connect with people.
To summarize this, if you are a good looking dude who has a fair amount of free time to spend OkCupid is worth checking out. You would probably have better success on Cougar Life or AFF but OKC will work for you, especially if you want to date younger women as well.
Now that we have covered the three cougar dating apps we recommend for Aussies, lets take a look at a few popular apps that just are not that great for guys interested in dating a cougar.
Tinder does one thing very well, helping people in their teens and 20's find other single people their own age. If you are interested in meeting someone over 30 or so you are pretty much out of luck. They have a ton of people using their app in Australia but if you are actually looking to meet a cougar you are out of luck on Tinder. Women 30-35+ were dating long before the invention of Tinder and it just hasn't caught on that well with them.
Tinder also suffers from the phenomenon where the best looking guys get almost all of the attention. If you fall in the bottom 80% in terms of looks you are probably not going to have the best experience. You are much better off with an app that lets more than a photo or two decide your fate.
This is a cougar site that gets way more attention than it deserves. They must have a really good marketing department because we see their name all over the place but had an absolutely terrible experience using their site. There were a lot of huge issues we had during our testing that you need to know about.
To start, we found a large number of obviously fake profiles on Milfaholic. If you are ever on an Australian cougar dating site that has obvious fake profiles you should pick up and leave immediately. No legitimate site would do this!
They also try to trick you into signing up for a paid membership by sending you fake messages from obviously fake profiles. We had a completely blank profile yet were receiving multiple messages within minutes of signing up. There is no way this is legit.
Another cougar app that looks decent on the surface but you absolutely need to avoid is BeCougar. When you log in you are automatically sent over to BeNaughty (not a great start) and it gets worse from there.
Much like Milfaholic, there are a lot of fake profiles and they are even more blatant about it. If you scroll through some of the "members" you will likely see a number of celebrities, or at least their photos. It's an obvious attempt to convince people they have more member than they do and a huge reason to skip this site entirely.
With the best and the worst out of the way there are a lot of sites that fall in the middle. These are sites that are not terrible but just are not worth the time and money to use for finding single Australian cougars.
These are all big, general dating sites that don't focus on anything in particular. Everyone has heard of them and many people have tried them with mixed results. With these sites, even if they have a large number of single cougars it is usually pretty tough for younger guys to connect with them. These women are not as open to dating younger guys and instead tend to ignore them.
For real success with these women, you are much better off with a more focused site like Cougar Life.
Women over 35 don't tend to be the first adopters of the newest technology out there. That goes for cougar dating apps as well. With all the new apps coming out these women tend to stick to the tried and true ones that have been out for a while and they know work. If you are really looking to meet a woman 35+ don't expect to find them on the hot new app.