I was recently informed by the Dutch immigration department that Australian and New Zealand citizens can travel to a large number of countries within Europe for 90 days each, essentially bypassing the 90 day Shengen limit.
They said that the bilateral visa waiver agreements (link here) allowed for this in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Is this information correct? I am skeptical because I can't find any other information about this online, however they were adamant that this was the case and sent me an email with these details to give me proof.

Should I trust this information?

Edit: This is a different question to the "duplicate" linked as that question does not concern Australia, which obviously has different visa agreements to other countries.

Edit 2: I also found this website which seems to essentially confirm the information from the Dutch immigration department https://thefreedominitiative.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/unlimited-visa-in-europe-for-free-maybe/

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    I doubt that a Dutch-Australian agreement signed some thirty years before Schengen agreement can cover stay duration in, say, Sweden. I think it was a miscommunication.
    – Neusser
    Sep 7, 2017 at 13:23
  • It's there in Wikipedia but only lists 6 countries.
    – mkennedy
    Sep 7, 2017 at 13:33
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    The linked question doesn't contain the information for Australia or much of anything really. Voting to reopen.
    – mkennedy
    Sep 7, 2017 at 16:41
  • @mkennedy the linked question is a broad canonical about all nationalities, not just Australia. Feel free to expand the community wiki answer there
    – JonathanReez
    Sep 7, 2017 at 18:18
  • To OP: the linked question is precisely what you need. But unfortunately we don't have a solid answer for all the Schengen countries yet.
    – JonathanReez
    Sep 7, 2017 at 18:19


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