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.


  1. Phoebe
    March 10, 2016 @ 1:19 am

    I LOVE the Dandenong Ranges! I spend 2-3 days there a week (my partner lives in the area), and it’s such a beautiful, tranquil place. I’d never heard of the William Ricketts Sanctuary, though – it sounds lovely! Will have to check it out.
    I’d recommend watching the sunset over Melbourne city from Bourke’s lookout – it’s a gorgeous way to end a day in the Ranges!
    And yes, Miss Marple’s Tea Room is one of the cutest places to visit 🙂
    Great recommendations, as always!


  2. rockytravel
    March 10, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

    Hi Phoebe, the Dandenong Ranges is one of my favourite places around Melbourne. You must visit William Ricketts Sanctuary! Thanks for the tip with the Bourke’s lookout, I will check it out next time I am in Melbourne! Happy & Safe travels in Australia! 🙂


  3. Kanchan
    March 12, 2016 @ 6:53 am

    Melbourne is a very good place to spend holidays, it is a place full of excursion, there are so many things to do in Melbourne. No doubt it is an expensive country as compare to other asian country’s but it has their own wonderful experience.


  4. Kathy Marris
    March 24, 2016 @ 7:23 am

    These are very good ideas for day trips out of Melbourne. There is so much to do in Melbourne. It really is hard to beat as a travel destination.


    • Rocky Travel
      July 25, 2016 @ 7:27 pm

      Hi Kathy, you are right. It’s hard to choose what to do in beautiful Melbourne’s surroundings! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


  5. Lesley Boniface
    September 10, 2016 @ 10:23 pm

    The Yarra Valley winery tours are great. We visited De Bertolli too, but also loved some of the smaller ones like Soumah, Maddens Rise and Pimpernel. The Chocolaterie was fab too, especially the great big bowls for trying when you enter!


    • rockytravel
      October 25, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

      I liked De Bortoli Winery too. I don’t know the other ones. I also remember visiting a couple of small ones too. The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is absolutely one of the highlights of the whole region! 😉


  6. Mark
    February 7, 2017 @ 6:27 am

    Hi everyone,

    I agree with Kanchan, Melbourne is a nice place for family, friends, couples. I have stayed at Melbourne for 2 weeks, We all know that Australia is quite expensive. So we really have to plan ahead before going there. But I assure you guys that it’s all worth the expenses! There’s a lot of beautiful spot to visit in Melbourne. Because my budget can’t afford a Hotel stay, I just accommodate an Apartment house for my stay in Melbourne.


  7. sophie
    March 7, 2017 @ 10:59 am

    Hi, did you do free and easy for Yarra Valley wine tour? How much did it cost you for wine tasting each winery?


    • rockytravel
      March 14, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

      Hi Sophie, I went on my own and most of times wine tasting is free, depending on the winery. Or little like 5-10 dollars per winery. If you go on a tour it may cost between 75-120 Dollars for a 4-6 hours guided food and wine tasting tour. More info here.


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