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Can you visit Australia in a week?

Did you know that the flight time from the West Coast of the U.S. to Sydney is about the same as it is to Rome? Once you arrive, you’ll find a better exchange rate in Australia than in Italy, or elsewhere in Europe. Plus, flight options are on the increase, resulting from the new open-skies agreement between the U.S. and Australia.

But what if you don’t have enough vacation time? The Qantas website demonstrates the feasibility of visiting Australia in a week. It suggests focusing on a city and its environs—the way you’d plan a shorter trip to a city in Europe or Asia—and has brief videos to acquaint you with particular regions. Qantas also sells various week-long packages through the site.

Making the most of your time in Australia is also the theme of the new guidebook Night + Day Sydney (and Melbourne). The guide is focused on getting the most from every hour of your vacation, and offers tips on how to do it, with activity, dining, hotel, and itinerary suggestions geared to those who want to plunge headlong into the local scene.

Frommer’s also has ideas for seven days Down Under. Sure, it starts with the exclamation, “Impossible!” But it goes on to offer a practical plan for visiting some of the country’s most popular sights in one week. Not so impossible after all.

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