Finding Sex on Sydney Backpage, Craigslist and Gumtree

Many men enjoy the challenge of sifting through adverts on Sydney’s top classified sites in an ambitious attempt to get laid.

Australia has three personals sites that are ripe for chasing sex.

All three of these sites have adult personals sections where Sydney users can take a punt on whether the girl behind the text is actually a normal woman keen on meeting for sex (unlikely), or a sex worker in disguise (very likely), or simply a scammer looking to rob you (possible).

First, here’s a breakdown of the different sections offered by each site:

Sydney Backpage, Gumtree and Craigslist

In to the Unknown: Finding sex on Sydney Backpage, Craigslist and Gumtree

Sex on Craigslist SYD

Craigslist is the world’s oldest and arguably most successful classifieds site.

It has a huge array of ads for everything from jobs, to used cars, to accommodations, to blowjobs in the back of a car park.

Chances are, if you’re reading this article, the latter sounds more enticing than a new set of wheels.

In which case, you’ll be interested in this section:

Sydney Casual Encounters: This is the home of Craigslist SYD’s adult personals, and trust us, it can get pretty damn busy (and confusing).

The section is broken in to various categories that define what exactly you are looking for.

For example:

  • w4m – Woman seeking man
  • m4m – Man seeking man
  • m4w – Man seeking woman
  • w4w – Woman seeking woman
  • t4m – Trans seeking man
  • m4t – Man seeking trans
  • t4w – Trans seeking woman
  • w4t – Woman seeking trans
  • t4t – Trans seeking trans

The fun doesn’t end there.

Craigslist Sydney also serves up personals for couples seeking a woman, man or trans, as well as single men/women/trans seeking couples (of various mixes).

The selection is mindboggling, but needless to say, the listings are dominated by two categories:

Men seeking women, and women seeking men.

Sex on Sydney Gumtree

Gumtree is another popular classifieds site that is well-known to most readers.

It is most often used to sell second hand goods. The cars and used vehicle sections are brimming with activity.

But is Gumtree a good way to get laid in Sydney?

Compared to Craigslist and Backpage, our answer, regrettably… is no.

Gumtree doesn’t offer adult personals outside of its in-house ‘dating portal’, which is Even here, the adult listings are buried under ‘casual dating’, where you are likely to confuse women seeking sex with those who want to be wined and dined but ‘nothing serious’ — and certainly nothing sexual!

We occasionally see escorts slipping their ads in to the Services For Hire section, but we’d question why you’d go here when you can use a proper escort agency, or somewhere like Craigslist which is to-the-point in filtering what you want.

Sex on Sydney Backpage

Finally, we have Backpage.

And what a sordid little haven Backpage can be.

Here you’ll find the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of Sydney personals.

First, we should be clear, there are two distinct sections that you shouldn’t confuse:

Backpage Dating vs. Backpage Adult Services

Come on, guys. Don’t be hounding women in the wrong bloody section.

Sydney’s Backpage highlights include:

Backpage is a breeding ground of dubious intentions.

Most of the women on here are not interested in no-strings sex; while those that are might be upfront about charging as a sex service, they might also turn up with their pimp and expect to be paid for services that you haven’t agreed to.

The same can be said of any classifieds site that offers adult listings, but Backpage seems to have a higher ratio of scammers and pimps than you’d find in the corresponding section on Craigslist.

Backpage, to their credit, do their best to weed out the bad apples — but it’s a losing battle.

And a lot of men simply aren’t going to report that they’ve just been duped in ways that would make Catfish blush.

How to Use Sydney Personals (and Stay Safe!)

Our advice for using the three mega classified sites — Craigslist, Gumtree and Backpage — is quite simply:

Do your research before you agree to meet anybody you find on there.

The most obvious sign that you’re walking in to trouble is that the person you’re talking to doesn’t have a screening process.

What is a screening process?

Simply put, it is an individual’s attempt at self-preservation.

Most escorts have a strict screening process where they collect some basic details about you, then apply their due-diligence, and make a decision on whether you are who you say you are.

In an age of webcams, SnapChats, Facebook profiles and instant identity checks, this is pretty much common sense. An escort will screen you before she agrees to meet you.

If she doesn’t have a screening process, be worried.

This suggests that there is an ulterior motive, or a pimp, or the sucker is you.

But what about ordinary women interested in no strings sex?

We’ll be honest with you…

Your alarm bells should be ringing by default if you see a ‘normal’ woman seeking out sex on these sites.

It is extremely rare to find normal ordinary women cruising sites like Backpage and Craigslist for cheap sex. This is because, as we all know, it is infinitely easier for a woman to get laid if she decides that she isn’t feeling picky.

Sorry guys, but demand far outweighs the supply.

Whatever the case, a lack of screening process is even more of a red flag in the rare cases that you find yourself talking to a normal Aussie girl who fancies a quick shag in the Sydney region.

Moral of the story?

If it sounds too good to be true…

Put it back in your trousers and keep looking.

Note: For men who are happy to pay for sex, we’ve got a huge list of the best Sydney brothels in 2016.

We’ve never understood why men who are expecting to pay would roll the dice of chasing sex on Craigslist or Backpage. When you could go somewhere licensed and safe, where the women are stunning and will line up to meet you. Makes so much more sense.


  1. Craigslist Syd is full of agencies and brothel girl these days. Used to be you could pick up some pretty decent freelancers, but it’s gone downhill. I’d have more faith plucking a girl straight off King St. than dealing with some of the charlatans on there.

    How come no mention of Cracker?

    You get the same old agencies, but it’s a better mix.

    Haven’t tried Backpage. Too many scam stories!!

    • Hi – yes, you’re right. Cracker is a good alternative to Craigslist SYD. Very similar in layout to Backpage actually.

  2. I’m a bi guy in my 40s in Sydney and I use Craigslist all the time. I’ve tried back page and cracker, but everyone there is an escort as far as I can see.

    I’ve met dozens of guys and girls, although all the girls these days seem to be spam, so in the last two or three years, I’ve only met guys on Craigslist. Everyone I’ve met has been genuine and exactly what I’ve been looking for. Only two were creepy;

    One was a child who got under my radar so be very careful of that, and the other was a nut job who tried to hook me up with two of her older male friends. In an effort to get out of the encounter and not wanting to sound prudish (she was very hot and I may have wanted to meet up with her later) I told her I was only interested in “slim white girls like her”. She called me a bigot and proceeded to stalk me for a few months.

    Otherwise, ALL my encounters have been fun and free. I can’t recommend Craigslist highly enough. I could have met (particularly the guys) a new mate each week. You do need to be careful though so I recommend never giving out your phone number, stick to the Craigslist email relay, and use a fake Gmail or iCloud account. That way they can’t track you down until you are ready to disclose who you are. Also, run a mile from the kids. Even if you’re into that sort of stuff. You will be caught, so not only is it WRONG, you could go to jail.