https://www.getready.qld.gov.au Life in Australia is amazing - but not without risks. Storms, floods, bushfires, heatwaves, tropical cyclones and other threats always hover in the background. I currently live in the Netherlands, but it always saddens me to see reports of these kind of disasters that touch the lives of friends, family and other fellow Australians. … Continue reading Australian Emergencies and Disaster Management
What are your favourite places in Australia and the Netherlands? As a Dutch Australian who has lived my life between the two countries, I'm sharing a few of mine. One place that is very close to my heart is Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. I was born in Brisbane and my family then … Continue reading Caloundra, Australia
I'm sorting through some old documents today, and found this one for renting a home: a tenant's guide to the rules for renting in Queensland This is from some time ago, when we moved from the Netherlands (back) to Australia in 2007. Back then, we had a young baby and found an apartment for the … Continue reading Renting a home in Queensland
Dutch television show Grenzeloos Verliefd (Love without borders) is looking for candidates. In Grenzeloos Verliefd, we follow Dutch men/women who are in love and who are about to leave the Netherlands to move abroad for their foreign significant other. Is your Dutch boy/girlfriend, husband of wife about to move to Australia to live with you? … Continue reading Dutch television show Grenzeloos Verliefd (Love without borders) is looking for candidates
For those who are new to this blog - we're a Dutch Australian family who currently live in the Netherlands (read more about us here). We have spent more than a decade now travelling between the two countries. We have now settled long-term in The Hague and are happy here, though I miss Australia every … Continue reading 2016 Summer holiday in Australia
My Dutch Australian children have spent a few years of their life in Australia, but we have now settled in The Netherlands. When we left Australia in 2012, our girls were aged 3 and 5. They still remember a lot of things about our life there, but it's sadly fading fast. While in The Netherlands, … Continue reading How to Australianise my children?
My daughters and I left The Hague, The Netherlands on 7 December for a holiday and have had the most amazing month on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. You can read more about my connection to both countries and the first five things I did when we arrived (back) in Australia. We've been staying with my parents … Continue reading I have two homes
To bring you up to speed if you're not yet a regular on this blog, I'm a Dutch Australian who grew up in Australia, then married a Dutch man and lived in The Netherlands from 2002-2007. In December 2007, we moved to Brisbane but then our family relocated to The Hague last year (July 2012). … Continue reading The first five things I did when I arrived back in Australia from The Netherlands
An American friend has asked me - Do kangaroos have two legs or four? She has a bet riding on this and needs to know an official answer. She asked me as an Australian - but I have no idea! There is no doubt about the two legs they hop with of course, but are … Continue reading Do kangaroos have two legs or four?
Last week I wrote about my personal perspective on Australian politics and the upcoming election. As I write, it's Saturday evening in The Netherlands and I'm watching and listening to Australia's soon-to-be new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, give his victory speech on ABC News online. As someone who isn't enrolled to vote in this particular … Continue reading Australia (almost) has a new Prime Minister: Tony Abbott