Well, we've finally arrived in sunny Adelaide! We flew via Singapore and landed in Adelaide on Saturday (the 10th). The flight over was OK - my little girl is 18mths and she coped really well with the UK - Singapore leg and we enjoyed a few days stay in Singapore, but the Singapore - Australia leg was a nightmare, and the poor thing cried for most of the flight :( She barely slept a wink and so has been really unsettled these last few days, but thankfully she's starting to eat properly again and is sleeping a little better, so I think she's starting to settle into being in Australia a bit.
When we arrived at the airport we collected our hire car and headed up to Mawson Lakes - my hubby had already sorted out a rental for us here but even so, we had booked a few nights in a serviced apartment, just to give us chance to breathe and get our LO settled. Can definitely recommend Quest Mawson Lakes to anyone up this end of town - apartment is really cosy and the staff are great.
Sunday we drove back down to the Ikea and picked up a few things to keep us going until our container arrives - a highchair for our daughter, cups and bowls, etc. Then we went to our rental to start cleaning it - the previous tenants had left it in an OK state really, but everywhere really needed cleaning properly before we could move in. We also visited a friend of a friend over here who lent us a cot and gave us our first taste of BBQing Aussie style! Later in the afternoon we went food shopping and collapsed exhausted at about 7pm!
Monday and today have been shopping and more cleaning days - we're near Gepps Cross so we've just been making various trips out there to buy a bed / mattress, fridge, washing machine, linens and towels. Monday morning the electricity and gas to the house were switched on. Most places at Gepps Cross seem to do next day delivery (provided they have it in stock) which is great for us, as we move into our rental tomorrow and didn't fancy camping on the floor (I haven't seen a spider yet, but I'm imagining them to be lurking everywhere anyway!).
So, that's kind of where we are at - still need to organise a car and a car seat for LO, but for now we have the rental so overall we're doing OK. It's been much more stressful than I ever imagined it would be though, and honestly when I saw Adelaide for the first time I was horrified, although I've since learnt that the bit around the airport and the salt pans you pass heading north don't exactly do the city justice!!! We're looking forward to moving into our new home tomorrow and taking it easy for a few days - maybe going down into the city later in the week. I'm looking forward to sleeping properly and not waking up at 3am again too!
Best of luck to everyone else heading over soon (or recent arrivals!) x