Australia's women's soccer team have begun their European tour with a 3-1 loss in their friendly match against the Netherlands.

The Dutch broke the deadlock in the 12th minute, skilfully dissecting the Australian defence allowing Lieke Martens to slot the ball past Matildas goalkeeper Brianna Davey.

Australia struck back in the 27th minute through Katrina Gorry, whose stunning left-foot drive sent the teams to the break level at 1-1 at TATA Steel Stadion in Velsen-Zuid, west of Amsterdam.

Half-time substitutes Kim Carroll and Elise Kellond-Knight hoped to inject some composure into Australia's back-line.

However, it wasn't long before they were tested with Martens scoring her second in the 58th minute to again give the hosts the lead.

Sherida Spitse ensured the 3-1 victory with a late goal in the 83rd minute.

Matildas coach Hesterine de Reus said the match highlighted some areas that need improvement.

"I think in the second half it began to stretch out. Our defensive line dropped so we then had too much space in the midfield, we lost control," she said.

"I'd like to see improvements in holding our shape for the whole 90 minutes and more aggressiveness in our defence in the midfield.

"I did not see many explosive runs from the midfield, so this is also something we can look to improve."

The Matildas will face Dutch club ADO Den Haag on Tuesday before flying to France for their final match in Europe against France.