It surely makes it easier when both parents are there. Anyhow, it is not always an option and those travels I have had using less packing and made sure I got very well rested before the flight. One of the worst travel experiences was a 13 hours flight to Melbourne. Our then 6 months old slept twice, each a 1 hour nap and the older one fell a sleep only one hour before landing. (She used to sleep easily 6 – 7 hours on longer flights).
I can laugh about that memory now, but I remember checking in to our hotel after the flight as a wreck and sleeping 12 hours straight. Both kids passed out right away as well. Next day we woke up well rested to continue our adventure towards Tasmania as my husband arrived to Australia with his father. That whole trip became one of the best trips we have made with kids.
The nature in Tasmania was amazing. We had thought about renting a camper, but closer investigation made us renting a car and staying at camping sites in cottages instead. Not a stupid decision. We could enjoy the peace and quiet atmosphere of nature around the campsites but still have a bit of comfort from the cottage as well. The 3 year old was very happy playing outside in a small play area and as we drove around the beautiful island we were overwhelmed by the always-changing nature of the island.
Some of walking paths in the National Parks we decided not to go with a pram, but rather the baby was in a carrying sling to make it easier for the one carrying as both hands were free.
For us, coffee lovers, it was a highlight to be able to enjoy good coffee in Tasmania.
In Australia, the coffee tastes the same as anywhere else, but in Tasmania, they did offer the real Italian coffee! I remember us driving through a Copper Mines of Tasmania, in the middle of nowhere and we stopped by a little café, which was surrounded by many abandoned cars. When walking into the café I was in doubt if I would get anything for us, but they had a vegetarian menu, the best coffee in the whole island and very friendly staff. I ended up buying muffins with the coffee and now regretting, that I did not check their name. Anyhow, if around, pay a visit, do not judge the book by its cover.