Take a journey to Holland without leaving Coffs Harbour
THE big question often asked is "If I can't afford to go all the way to Holland to see historic Dutch villages and wooden clogs being made, where else is best?"
Well now, how about beautiful Coffs Harbour on the central NSW coast and a visit to The Clog Barn Holiday Park just 1.5 km on the north side of the town centre as you are driving in.
Here, not only will you see clog making demonstrations 3 times a day for free, but also visit an amazing miniature Dutch village with all sorts of beautiful and perfectly constructed Dutch buildings.
They are true miniature replicas of the actual buildings I have seen many times way over there in the Netherlands and its photographer's paradise and yes - it's all free, complete with working Dutch windmills and two little working trains.
So, you will not be in Madurodam in Den Haag (The Hague), Holland which is also famous in the Netherlands for its miniature village and buildings 25 times smaller than they are in real life, but seeing all the work and dream of Dutch born Tom Hartsuyker who has created this over the last 35 years is so amazing.
Tom is now 85 years young and still making those model houses today.
But there is more, the shop you will enter upon arrival is absolutely full of everything Dutch from nick-knacks, books, clogs, wooden cuckoo clocks and superb hand painted Delftware, and of course, this is where the clogs are actually made.
Right next door is "Big Oma's" restaurant which is opens every day at 8am and serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and Dutch delicacies and croquettes.
Now if you are also looking for accommodation, then go no further for there is great clean comfortable accommodation in lovely self-contained cabins, plus powered sites for caravans, motorhomes and camping sites - and you can swim in the clog shaped swimming pool.
So where to start? Well after wandering through the shop it's time to visit the real miniature Holland and this is what impressed me so much. All the model buildings and town centres are clearly marked as to what they are and where they are.
My memory clicked into gear as I re-visited the Cheese Market in Alkmaar and enchanting towns and cities such as Maastricht.
Take a delightful stroll around the model Dutch Village at 215 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour.
For more information go to clogbarn.com.au or phone (02) 6652 4633.