When talking about Australia, people immediately imagine a country in the southern Hemisphere with a vast and wealthy land where you can see Kangaroos jumping everywhere. Home to countless unique and captivating natural landscapes, Australia attracts a large number of tourists annually from all around the world. If you are planning to travel to Australia on your own and do not know how to begin your journey, check out the detailed Australian travel itinerary we have prepared for first-time travelers to this promised land. This post is a travel guide that show you through three of Australia’s most vibrant and famous cities: Melbourne – Canberra – Sydney. So, what to do in Australia for 7 days? Let’s check out our suggestion for 7 days in Australia (7 day Australia itinerary) to visit some most famous destinations in Australia from
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The best time to travel to Australia
In Australia, the summer starts from December to February, the fall from March to May, the winter from June to August and the spring from September to November with relatively cool weather. The seasonal climate is quite distinguished, so it’s up to your preference that you select the most suitable travel time for yourself.
How long should I spend?
To go to all the beautiful destinations in three cities of Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, the most reasonable length is 7 days 6 nights (it will take you nearly 2 days to fly back and forth). You can stay longer if you want depending on your time and expenditure budgets.
Australia itinerary details for first-timers
7 day Australia itinerary — Day 1: Hanoi / Saigon – Melbourne
If departing from Hanoi, you will have a connecting flight, in particular, Vietnam Airlines flight will connect in Ho Chi Minh City with the shortest flight time for a total journey duration of 12 hours and 35 minutes (connecting time included). So, the flight duration from Vietnam to Australia will depend on factors such as origin, destination, airline, transit location and transit time. Above is only the minimum duration, the actual flight time may be longer, especially in case of long connecting time due to the flight ticket to Australia that you purchase being a nonstop or indirect flight.
7 day Australia itinerary — Day 2 + 3: Melbourne
Six times in a row honored as the most livable city in the world, Melbourne always brings satisfaction to most tourists. This is a city with a rich and diverse culture and a variety of artistic architectural structures. We call this place the city of inspiration. Do not miss any of the following famous tourist destinations in Melbourne:
+ Queen Victoria Market: This is the oldest market of Victoria. You can shop for souvenirs and gifts for family and friends. (The market is closed on Monday and Wednesday every week).
+ Victoria Parliament House: About 3 km from the center of the capital Canberra, first opened in 1988, Australia’s Parliament House is one of the most famous modern architectures in the world that was built on a hill.
+ Federation Square: An ideal place to see many works of art, explore the museums and especially watch the best space architecture in Australia. The square is located in the heart of Melbourne city next to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Yarra River and Flinders Street Station – the city’s main station, a famous historical site with ancient architecture preserved until the present day. Or you can visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, a botanic garden first opened in 1816 on an area of 30 hectares, home to more than 60,000 plants and a number of bird species from all over the world.
+ Shrine of Remembrance: The national memorial is the place for people to pay their respects to members of Australian armed forces who died in conflicts around the world. The work was completed in 1941, only reserved for male and female soldiers from the colonial period to the present. Inside this memorial complex is a museum with many artifacts representing Australia’s military history.
+ Grants on Sherbrooke Bird Park: The area is filled with lush landscapes where visitors can comfortably walk and take pictures or choose to enjoy a cup of aromatic coffee and experience the feeling of excitement when you feed the birds (self-sufficient expenses).
+ Mount Dandenong: You will have the opportunity to experience the Puffing Billy steam locomotive through the primeval forest of Dandenong area, enjoy the majestic beauty of the forest and the wonderful feeling on a steam locomotive of the 19th century.
+ Yarra Valley: Yarra Valley is a breathtaking beautiful natural destination just a short ride from Melbourne. Here, the Yarra River banks with scattered vineyards lead to forest mountains of the Dandenong Range. This world-renowned winemaking region offers a relaxing getaway, winemaking facilities and exquisite culinary experience in a stunning natural setting.
+ Chocolate Factory: You can witness the production process and enjoy greasy chocolate bars as well as buy some gifts for your loved ones.
7 days in Australia — Day 4: Melbourne – Canberra – Sydney
After 2 days of getting lost in Melbourne and visiting all the famous places, you should move to Canberra – the capital of Australia. The city’s design is influenced by the garden city movement and incorporating important greenbelts surrounding the community, making Canberra a “bush capital”. Find more about transportation in the post “Australia Travel Tips” and avoid wasting useful information.
Some famous places to visit in Canberra:
+ Australian Parliament House: Unlike political buildings in other countries around the world, which show the power of politicians, the Australian Parliament building is designed in the spirit of openness, connecting the community together to resolve the country’s social issues. So, the architecture of the building is quite liberal, showing the essence of ideological orientation to democracy and eventually becoming a symbol of Australia. This work of art is quite large, located just below the top of the hill and made from marble and lots of precious woods. Visiting the Australian Parliament House, visitors have the opportunity to admire many other artworks and see the rooms where the heads of state work.
+ Captain Cook Fountain: 147 meters high and the symbol of Canberra. This is a natural fountain from the bottom of the lake with strong and frequent water jet intensity, which is one of the destinations attracting tourists to the beautiful country of Australia.
+ Australian War Museum: The Australian War Memorial is a place where people pay their respects to the soldiers who died in conflicts around the world. The work was completed in 1941, only reserved for male and female soldiers from the colonial period to the present. Inside this memorial complex is a museum with many artifacts representing Australia’s military history.
+ Royal Australian Mint: You will learn about the production process and discover the huge collection of coins on display here.
7 days in Australia — Day 5 + 6: Sydney
In about two centuries, Sydney has transformed itself into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Located around the harbor with beautiful natural scenery, the famous attractions in Sydney are the cliffs full of sunshine, countless islands, bays and more than 100 large and small beaches. Don’t miss the following famous Sydney attractions:
+ Sydney Opera House: The magnificent Sydney Opera House with its unique scalloped architecture or windy sails is not only one of the most iconic images of the modern world but also the pride of the people of Sydney.
+ Sydney Harbor Bridge and Bay: Visit bustling Sydney Harbor Bridge and romantic Rose Bay.
+ The Rocks: Referred to as the “open-air Sydney Museum” because this place converges both the past and the present of Sydney where the first white people settled in Australia, and it was considered the origin of Sydney and Australia.
+ National Maritime Museum of Australia: Founded in the 19th century and known as one of the 12 largest museums in the world, it displays rare artifacts and many valuable objects, reflecting the great history of maritime development and maritime migration in Australia.
+ Featherdale Wildlife Park: A place for preservation of endangered Australian animals. Visitors will have the opportunity to see and take photos with extremely adorable typical animals of Australia such as Kangaroo – the symbol of Australia, easy-going Koala bear that loves to sleep, Platypus – duck-billed platypus, Ostrich, Dingo and many other adorable animals.
+ Blue Mountains National Park: Only 100 km from Sydney, Blue Mountains has majestic and beautiful scenery honored by UNESCO as a natural heritage of the world. As the most unique natural wonder in the country of kangaroos, this region has high mountains, primeval forests, waterfalls, valleys, deep pools and steep cliffs etc. Visitors will have the opportunity to photograph the famous Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains.
7 days in Australia — Day 7: Sydney – Hanoi / Saigon
Arrive at the airport in Sydney and depart for Vietnam. This is the end of our trip.
The above is a detailed tour guide for Australia through three cities of Melbourne – Canberra – Sydney with famous attractions you should not miss. Wish you have a wonderful journey full of memories!
Are you looking for more Australia travel guide and top things to do in Australia: Tours, activities, attractions and other things? Read more: Melbourne travel blog — The fullest Melbourne city guide and Sydney travel blog — The fullest Sydney city guide blog for a great trip to Sydney for the first-timers.