Michela Fantinel

Michela is a passionate traveller and outdoor enthusiast, who has been travelling solo around Australia for +13 years, sharing her adventures to help fellow travellers. She is the founder and publisher of Rocky Travel, the smart travel planning guide for the solo traveller.

21 Comments

  1. Rob
    August 6, 2016 @ 5:24 pm

    Great tips. One of the reasons we have not been to Australia yet is the cost. I had no idea how expensive the internet is. Even with your tips we will have to put off a visit until we can justify the expense.

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    • rockytravel
      August 6, 2016 @ 9:27 pm

      Australia is a far away country, the cost of fliying there is going to have an impact on the trip budgeting. Although it’s an expensive country, there are ways to make it work and travel withouth sacrificing comfort and quality of travel. And yes you are right: You definitely need a reason and a strong attraction to visit Australia, otherwise it’s not going to work! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Travelwith2ofus
    August 6, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

    This is a great resource if you are traveling to Australia. You touched on many of the important elements including hotel, food, internal transport and yes, wi-fi.

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    • Rocky Travel Blog
      August 6, 2016 @ 7:23 pm

      Glad you find this post useful for making the most of your travels in Australian cities. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Lindsay Nieminen
    August 6, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

    We are headed to Australia for a Long Term visit in 2017 and everything is so pricey (except as a Canadian we are used to expensive hahah), these tips will be invaluable! thanks so much!

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  4. Carly Moore
    August 7, 2016 @ 10:09 am

    I love this guide! It always blows me away how much public transportation costs in some places, so it’s nice to know there are some free options. I’ve definitely leeched a few GB’s of wifi from McDonalds throughout my travels hehe.

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    • rockytravel
      August 7, 2016 @ 6:09 pm

      Hi Carly, yes you are bound to use a lot of public transportation in Australian cities, so it’s great to know about all possible free options and travel cards. In the end they are going to save lots of money on your trip. The free wi-fi from McDonalds is an institution, however some places are crowded, so if you need a quite place to use internet than a public library is the best choice in all major australian cities. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Julie
    August 7, 2016 @ 4:41 pm

    I love that Melbourne has a free tram system. That is such a lovely perk and not something I’ve ever seen! I also don’t think I appreciated the cost of internet – do you know if it’s much more expensive than other countries? I mean, in the UK, I feel like ยฃ25 or so would be the cheapest plan I’d see as well!

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    • rockytravel
      August 7, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

      Hi Julie, the Melbourne free-trams in the CBD is the new entry in the public transport network. It truly is a lovely perk! There is nothing like that in any other Australian city. As for the internet cost in Australia, it is extremenly expensive, if you need internet all day long, it can drain your budget very quickly. That’s why I suggest using the free resources, like free internet in public libraries or free wi-fi in your hotels or other accommodation options like airbnb, hostels, etc. That really helped me save hundreds on internet connection in Oz!

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  6. Tamara Elliott
    August 7, 2016 @ 7:08 pm

    Great tips- especially the wifi spots! Australia is definitely expensive…but worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • rockytravel
      August 9, 2016 @ 10:50 am

      Australia is truly worth it. Needs lots of online search and good trip planning, once you get it right, then it is a no-brainer! Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Jenna
    August 8, 2016 @ 6:10 am

    I’ve yet to visit Australia, but I’ve always wanted to! Thanks for the great tips on saving money–it’s always nice to know some ways to save, especially on accommodations. Love the tips about saving on WIFI as well, super helpful!

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    • rockytravel
      August 9, 2016 @ 10:48 am

      Hi Jenna, so glad this post is helpful for your future travel to Australia! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Natalie
    August 10, 2016 @ 12:51 am

    I’ve heard that Australian cities can be super expensive, so it’s always good to have some tips on how to make it cheaper. Great idea about not staying in the cities on the weekends. I wouldn’t have thought about that! Hopefully I’ll make it to Australia soon and I’ll be able to practice some of these tips ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • rockytravel
      August 10, 2016 @ 4:26 pm

      Glad to read these tips are helpful for your Australian adventure!

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  9. Karla
    August 10, 2016 @ 2:55 am

    I agree. I loved Melbourne plus it felt so much cheaper than Sydney and the rest. I really really enjoyed Melbourne. Plus, there are lots to explore

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  10. rockytravel
    August 10, 2016 @ 4:28 pm

    Yes Melbourne is definitely less expensive than Sydney. It’s a kinda big Australian city that makes you feels at home! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. Alice
    August 24, 2016 @ 2:06 pm

    Thanks for all these useful links, the tricks and tips that you have provided are really useful for a backpacker like me. Also mentioning the free wi-fi spots was truly beneficial as the internet is quite costly in Australia. Also, I am planning to hire a motorhome to save the accommodation cost. Can you please tell me whether it is a good idea or not.

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    • rockytravel
      August 25, 2016 @ 5:20 pm

      I would hire a campervan only if you are planning to travel long term in Australia. Please beware that campervan hire can be expensive, so evaluate. There are also relocation campervans to suit long distances, from A to B. These are cheaper. So check out online there are a few campervan rental comparison websites that can help. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Agness of aTukTuk
    March 25, 2017 @ 2:18 pm

    Great tips, Rocky! I will definitely have them in mind when I visit Australia!

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