Townsville and Cairns

Yesterday we got back from a 10 day holiday trip to North Queensland. First stop was Townsville. I’d pre-booked long term parking for our car which was $109 for up to 15 days. We drove to the long term carpark near the airport and then loaded our bags onto the shuttle bus. Baby Emma was in the front carrier which meant I could still move bags. At the airport we checked in, made our way through security, and then to the parents room for a quick nappy change before going to the gate to get on our plane. This was Emma’s first flight so I was a bit worried. We gave her a bottle of milk as the plane was taking off. Once the milk was finished she fell asleep and slept for the entire flight.

Emmas first flight

Plane view

My mother picked us up from the airport, using the baby seat in her car that we’d rented from the Queensland Ambulance Service. While in Townsville Emma got to meet family and friends and got lots of cuddles.

Cuddles from Grandma
Grandma cuddles

Cuddles from Aunty Jeannie
Aunty Jeannie

Julia keeping an eye on Emma

While in Townsville we went to a family dinner at Uncle Merv and Aunty Vi’s. My Uncle had a few garden ornaments which were cars and planes. I thought Emma might like to drive one of the cars.

First Drive

On Thursday we picked up a rental car to drive to Cairns. The drive is normally 3.5 hours. There were some roadworks which slowed down the trip. Stopping to feed and change the baby slowed the trip down even more. It took a painfully slow 6 hours to get to Cairns. Once we arrived we checked into our accommodation at the Cairns Colonial. Our room was right near a tropical pool which I used a couple of times. Although I had to purchase swimmers because I’d forgotten to pack any.

The family in Cairns
At Cairns

Our family

Nappy on Grandma
Napping on Grandma

On Saturday was Brett and Jo’s wedding. It had been raining heavy on Friday and then again on Saturday morning. But by mid morning the rain stopped and it was wonderful weather. The couple looked lovely, as did I 🙂 Was a wonderful wedding ceremony and I’m so happy for my two friends.

Brett and Jos wedding

At the Cairns Colonial they had provided us with a baby cot for Emma to sleep in. For a bath though she got to go for a swim in the sink.

Bath in hotel sink

We got back from our trip yesterday afternoon. Emma slept again the entire flight home.