13 Sep PORT DOUGLAS & travelling with mini x
To say we were well overdue for a break and family holiday was a total understatement. So we booked in a week long holiday for Hubby’s 40th to the Sunshine State. And boy, did they deliver. So here in a little snapshot of what we got up to, our fave finds and what it’s really like travelling with a toddler.
When packing, there is an overwhelming urge (particularly with littles in tow) to pack eveeerrrythang … just in case. My advice, especially when travelling to a popular tourist destination like Port Douglas, is just pack what you really need and buy everyday items at the local supermarket (i.e. nappies, swim nappies, snacks, wipes etc). In terms of my own wardrobe, it was all about the denim short (One Teaspoon), boyfriend shirt dress (Legoe Heritage), new Bonds swim and sandals from St Agni. Keep it basic and tonal, you don’t need much on a beach getaway!! Also, keep you luggage as light and portable as possible … we adore our Samsonite gear for travelling!
For mini, my 5 essentials were;
*Sunhat – Sunday The Label from Project You + Me
*Long-sleeve rashie – love this stripe number from Bonds swim
*Sunscream – Milk & Co Baby
*Baby Bug Spray – Simple As That from Project You + Me
*Organic Swaddle – Modern Burlap from Project You + Me (even with a toddler these are so versatile from covering them in the cot when AC is on to using as a throw on the beach)
We flew Qantas, as their service, in particular when travelling with a small person in tow, is a cut above the rest. As other parents will know, it’s the small things that make a big difference to your journey … like a loan pram to get from bag check to the boarding gate or the flight attendant’s enthusiasm to switch seats around to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. And a genuine desire to assist. We picked up loads of travel tips from our friend Mum With Wings, which I definitely recommend you check out before travelling with kids. Be early, be prepared and be willing to go with the flow is my advice (and pack an iPad fully loaded with Thomas the Tan Engine).
I have been stalking the luscious feed of the QT Port Douglas for an embarrassingly long time, so in terms of places to stay, it was at the top of the list. It was delightful and the service was second-to-none.
We stayed in a one bedroom apartment and it was perfect for us. A portable cot was provided upon request and the kitchenette meant we could easily prepare quick meals in our apartment (an essential when travelling with kids). The dining options were fabulous and the buffet breakfast at Bazaar was delicious and handy as it meant we could sleep in (a bit) and wander down to a relaxed brekkie. The grounds are ridiculously instagrammable (haha) and the amenities superb, including a moonlight cinema!! I enjoyed a Coffee + Sea Kelp Contour Wrap at SpaQ one afternoon whilst mini was sleeping and Hubs was on duty … heaven.
As we had a car we did a day trip up to the Daintree Rainforest + Cape Tribulation which I would highly recommend. It was so beautiful, we made regular stops and took our time exploring the sandy beaches and indulged in the most divine biodynamic + organic icecream at Floravilla.
Port Douglas itself has a range of wonderful places to eat + shop. I have included a list of our faves below, including some things to do.
Travelling with a toddler is super fun, there is so much newness to explore and we LOVED being in the warm weather and running around in shorts + singlets (as I write this, it’s pouring rain in Melbourne and 10.8C in the middle of Sept … brrrr). But it’s also exhausting. Their routine gets all messed up, they’re over-stimulated, Daddy is there all the time (Luka for example insisted Dad carry him everywhere for the entire 7 days) and they’re just plain excited. We loved every minute. We also can hope more tired than when we left. Gone are the days of sipping cocktails by the pool and reading mags all day. But we made it work, we had sneaky bits of indulgence and down-time, we had a blast, our mini human loved it and we wouldn’t change it for the world.
I can’t recommend Port Douglas highly enough for a family getaway, we’ll definitely be heading back x
Stay: QT Port Douglas
Eat: Lanternfish, Hemingway’s Brewery + The Little Larder
Coffee: Sparrow Coffee
Play: Port Douglas Sunday Market, Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Port Douglas Beach, Mossman Gorge