Hi, I'm an ex flight attendant and now a mummy and i frequently get asked such questions. Please read my blog www.flyingwithababy.com for many tips and info for all things related.
In answer to your questions ( but I think you have left and come back by now!)
Do we need to take a car seat? In Australia a UK car seat and others are not valid. You need an Australian approved one- best to hire from over there, which is very easy to do.
Do you need to prearrange with a taxi? Generally yes you do but if you ring up this can be organised for you.
Food- they have all sorts of food and milki, a lot different than UK- no Aptamil etc/ Take a few for your journey but otherwise it helps toddler/baby be more adventurous with other tastes. At the end of the day, carrots, brocolli, chicke, fish , bananas etc are available in most places.
Buggy- you can take yours or hire when out there. Most Australian airports if you fly Qantas will let you use of their ones whilst in the terminal and transiting etc. A baby carrier Ergo etc is usefull for when you can't use your pram and have a sleepy toddler and heaps of luggage.
Entertainment- new toys wrapped up entertain well and also apps on ipad/iphone, a few familiar items. and of course walks up and down the plane! Please see the blog for more detailed info on all of the above.
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