With 89 percent of Australians living in cities, we’re the most urbanised country in the world. That’s pretty amazing considering we sell ourselves as a nation of beer chugging, red dusk covered, larrikins. But with most of our population crammed into cities, you have to feel for the other 11 percent. Meeting someone special (or special-ish) is hard enough without living 15km from your nearest neighbour.
That’s where B&S balls come in. B&S, or bachelors and spinsters balls, are held in rural Australia to give single young adults the chance to meet their distant neighbours. The participants waste no time cramming a year's worth of socialising, drinking, partying—and lets be honest, nudity—into a single night.
We drove up to the B&S ball in Elmore, Victoria to check out the party. Our guides were Ashlie, a shy young country girl hoping to win her second consecutive wet t-shirt competition without the aid of alcohol; and Glenn, an abattoir worker looking for love.
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