Way to go Bonnie !
I actually met my now wife through online dating. The platform was Zoosk.
I never played the “games”, I had zero-tolerance for them. I like to think I was always honest, always respectful, and always me (mind you I was a lot older, late 30s to 40).
And I agree 100%, chemistry is absolutely determined in person.
I don’t know if there’s a cultural difference at play ( I suspect there might be), but in general, Aussies are very laid back, love to laugh and don’t take themselves too seriously.
PS: I still laugh at some dates I had where it honestly felt like I was in a job interview and my date would literally have a checklist of questions. That’s when I would always order us a JD and Coke !