7 Days in Australia: Our Recommended Itineraries

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Put simply, Australia is huge. Its size means that when planning a visit to Australia for 7 days or less, it is incredibly important to choose just one or at most, two destinations and to stick to that decision, however tempting the various sites further afield might be, lest you want to spend most of your time traveling. With a one-week Australia itinerary, this means heading to either the west coast around Perth, the east coast at Sydney or Cairns, or the country’s equally wonderful Red Center at Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park and its surrounding landscapes. 

Stuck for ideas? Take a look at our recommended Australia itineraries for 6 and 7 days below.

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1. Tasmania Highlights: 1 Week in Australia

Launceston is a great place to visit in Southern Australia.
The peaceful Tamar river makes for a great off the beaten path destination.
Cradle Mountain is one of the best points of interest in Tasmania.
The trail leading to Cradle Mountain is challenging but worth it.
Day 1 Visit historic Richmond
Day 2 Experience wilderness in Mount Field National Park
Day 3 See Montezuma Falls, Tasmania’s tallest waterfall
Day 4 Enjoy views from Cradle Mountain, visit Launceston
Day 5 Relax on the pristine Bay of Fires beach
Day 6 Explore Freycinet National Park and famous Wineglass Bay
Day 7 Board a ferry to Bruny Island, say goodbye to Tasmania

Leave the tourist traps behind as you circle the often-ignored Tasmania during this Australian itinerary for 7 days. Relish the island’s dramatic scenery with its plunging cliffs and quirky towns on your drive to Richmond. A truly epic experience awaits you in Tullah amid ancient rainforests and waterfalls cascading down the cliffs. For those nostalgic about old, sleepy towns with historic buildings, there is Launceston in the Tamar Valley, not far away from the Bass Strait. Continue southeast from Launceston to Bicheno and enjoy its stunning landscape of mountains and beaches. Spot Bruny’s famous white wallabies before its time to say goodbye. See more 7-day tours in Australia.

2. Trekking Adventure: Australia in 6 Days

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Lake Dove, located within Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a great place to go for a hike in Tasmania.
Day 1 Arrive in Launceston and hike through Cradle Valley
Day 2 See cascades in Waterfall Valley, camp near Lake Windermere
Day 3 Hike along the shore of Douglas Creek
Day 4 See Mount Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak
Day 5 Climb to the top of Du Cane Gap, see the peaks of Du Cane Range
Day 6 Travel back to Launceston and prepare for departure

Sweeping views, dramatic landscapes and unique creatures are all part of everyday experiences during this 6-day trip. Traverse the Cradle Valley by foot and make your way up to Marion’s Lookout for the spectacular panorama encompassing the beige, rocky spires of Cradle Mountain and the ultramarine Dove Lake. Then, hums of plunging cascades and running streams welcome you in the Waterfall Valley. The crossroads between Mount Pelion and Mount Ossa might as well be the highlight of this trip but the breathtaking vista of the Du Cane Range from the Du Cane Gap is not far behind. See more 6-day tours in Australia.

3. The best of Western Australia: 7-day Australia Itinerary

Dolphins near the shore at Monkey Mia in western Australia
Meet friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia in Shark Bay Marine Park
Day 1 Visit the Pinnacles and journey along Indian Ocean Drive
Day 2 Explore Kalbarri National Park
Day 3 Come face to face with dolphins at Monkey Mia
Day 4 Spend the day on Ningaloo Reef and Coral Bay
Day 5 Relax on the beaches of Exmouth
Day 6 Check out the banana and mango plantations around Carnarvon
Day 7 Try out sandboarding and return to Perth

Spend 7 days in Australia exploring the western coast and its wildlife. This Australia itinerary starts at what is perhaps Western Australia’s most famous tourist site, the Pinnacles rock formations just outside of Perth. After a lunch by the coast, have your camera ready as you travel along Indian Ocean Drive to elegant Geraldton. The second day of this one-week Australia itinerary begins in Kalbarri National Park, where you’ll have the chance to admire the Nature’s Window rock arch before heading to Monkey Mia in Sharks Bay Marine Park, home to 2,000 friendly and shallows-dwelling dolphins. You’ll also get to visit the odd formations known as stromatolites, unbelievably built over thousands of years by colonies of bacteria. Continuing on to Coral Bay, tour members have a day to enjoy the beaches and swim and snorkel over the colorful Ningaloo Reef. There are further opportunities for rest and relaxation on the sands at Exmouth, before heading to the plantations and wildlife rescue park near Carnarvon. This wonderful tour of Western Australia ends back in Perth, but not before you’ve had the chance to try out sandboarding down the area’s dunes! Describe your ideal 7-day Australia tour for a customized itinerary.

Though large, it’s perfectly possible to create an itinerary for 7 days in Australia, so long as you dedicate yourself to one particular region of the country. If you have more time for a tour in Australia, then why not consider a 10-day or 14-day itinerary instead? And don’t forget to consider designing your own customized trip to Australia by talking to one of our travel experts!

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Published by Sofie, updated on October 12, 2022

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