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Michela Fantinel

Michela is a passionate traveller and outdoor enthusiast who has travelled solo for +35 years between Italy, Australia, South East Asia and more countries. Through her adventures and knowledge, she has been inspiring and helping women over 50 to travel solo and independently. Michela is the founder and editor-in-chief of Rocky Travel & Tours For Over 50.


  1. Richard
    August 6, 2016 @ 9:23 am

    Another place that is very popular to visit and must do is a visit to Grants Picnic Ground, in which for a small fee you can feed sulphar crested cockatoos by hand the birds will land on your shoulders and head to. Get to the seed, the birds are quite heavy when you get a couple of them on the dish, just remember they are wild birds but they do love a free feed. Grants Picnic ground also offers a number number of forest walks. You can incorporate this adventure with a number of other sites including , puffing billy, Alfred Nichols gardens, Sherbrooke forest, or one of the many tea rooms scattered throughout the hills


  2. Rocky Travel
    August 6, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

    Thanks for adding the Grants Picnic Ground. I will add this place to the list. Now I remember having been there too, last year. It slipped my mind, haha. It was fun feeding the birds, and yes, couldn’t believe how big and heavy these birds are. When they land on your shoulder to grab the food, you will know!


  3. Justin
    August 10, 2016 @ 3:14 pm

    Wow that looks like a gorgeous area! I’d kill to be able to take a trip out there (I’m in the states) to do some photography.


    • Rocky Travel
      August 11, 2016 @ 10:20 am

      The Dandenong Ranges are so photogenic. The ferntree forest is amazing! And the landscape so picturesque.There are indeed many beautiful places to do some great photography in the Dandenongs!:-)


  4. Jane
    May 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am

    Hi Michela, I’ve been enjoying reading a bunch of your posts and learnt a few things too! Next time you come to the Dandenongs (we live in Olinda) you may like to explore some more walks. I created a website with 32 walks details in the Dandenongs – Let me know when you are here again and drop by for a cuppa!


    • Rocky Travel
      August 7, 2017 @ 3:18 pm

      Wow Jane, thanks for the invite. Be sure that I will be in touch with you when I’ll visit Melbourne agan!


  5. ajay rastogi
    February 5, 2020 @ 12:57 pm

    The most iconic place is the ornamental lake with the Boathouse, a very tranquil and romantic place. These are all beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing your information.


  6. Kate Cashin
    April 11, 2022 @ 11:01 am

    If you like Alfred Nicholas Gardens be sure to check out Pirianda Gardens and George Tindale Gardens on future visits. They are far less well known and real gems.


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