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Katie and Suri Hit the Pool in Australia

By Louise Talbot

After the Cruise clan did some high-profile celebrating in Australia last week, the ladies of the family took time out to spend a relaxing day by the pool.

With Tom Cruise checking out of the Melbourne hotel Tuesday, wife Katie Holmes and their 3-year-old daughter Suri remained "very much in residence" at their luxury digs, according to a source.

Dressed in a flattering green paisley one-piece swimsuit, Holmes played with Suri who held onto a blue floatation noodle in the indoor pool. The duo spent time in the spa, then headed to the larger pool where they were surrounded by local Melbourne children vacationing with their families.

"Suri looked so cute," said Felix Mason, 14, who was relaxing in the pool and spa area. "Even before I realized it was her I had thought she was an adorable little girl.”

Another guest, William Cuthbertson, 9, said he recognized Holmes from 2005's "Batman Begins." "Suri was tucked up against Katie's chest and she wouldn't show her face to us," he said.

Holmes smiled at the others and wrapped her daughter in a fluffy white towel. Holmes, looking trim, put on an oversized gray shirt from the musical "The Jersey Boys," which the family saw during at a Sunday matinee.

Holmes is preparing to start shooting "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" in Melbourne this month.

On Friday, the family celebrated Tom's 47th birthday by watching an Australian football match from a private box.