This is a compilation of some websites and other info that may be useful to you as an Aussie in the Netherlands
I've also added the section 'Nice Things in the Netherlands to give you a start on getting to know your new country.
Some are famous (e.g. Giethoorn, Zaanse Schans, some not so famous (e.g. underwater sculpture garden, the Delta Works).
There are some interesting places to sleep and eat out here, and some places to go to when you're feeling homesick: a park with parrots, emus and wallabies; tropical swimming pools, places to camp where you may be the only camper.
And things to do with the kids other than going to high priced fun parks (although I've put some of those in too).
Some things to note:
'NL' is frequently used as an abbreviation for 'the Netherlands'
* I've added a web link where ever possible; if they don't have a website, other details are given
unless indicated by (NL) for 'in Dutch', all websites are in English
* letters in brackets after localities indicate the province (to help you figure out if it's close by or not, or to plan a day out with various things in the same area):
Abbreviations: (Dr)Flevoland (Fr)Gelderland (Gr) Groningen (L)Limburg (NB)Noord Brabant (NH)Noord Holland (O)Overijssel (U)Utrecht (Zld)Zeeland (ZH)Zuid Holland
I've recently decided to put the listings in each section (mostly) in
alphabetical order, so if one of the listings is yours, don't get offended if
you're last it's just neatness!
Let me know if you have comments, corrections or additions, email us
Take care and hartelijke
P.S. Sorry to add this, but I'm afraid I can't help with individual enquiries.
Firstly, the number of email enquiries I was getting (on a daily basis) was swamping me to the exclusion of much else!
Secondly, and more importantly, I honestly don't have the expertise I collect links and all that, but I think the collective knowledge of the 100+ members of Australians Abroad who live in the Netherlands are much more able to give you a good and helpful answer, so post it on the message board in the Aussies in Holland section (or even in European Issues) and you'll be sure to get a good response.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE IN THIS COUNTRY
To get a list of other Aussies Abroad members living in the Netherlands, you can go to Find an Aussie and do a search for either the whole country or your area.
WANT TO PLAN AN EVENT HERE IN THE LOWLANDS
ANY ADDITIONS OR SUGGESTIONS FOR THIS PAGE?
If you've used one of these links and had good or bad experiences with them, share them with us.
And if you have any additions or suggestions for this page, please continue to send them to Peter
Many thanks to Kate, for her invaluable work in setting up this page.
Many thanks also to YOU, all of my fellow 'in Nederland woonachtig Australiërs' who have contributed information for this page!
And finally, thanks to the growing number of other visitors to the site (lots of Dutch but also other expats) who have been sending me great tips to add.