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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 Coathup
    November 12, 2015 @ 6:37 am

    When I was last at Fremantle Prison in early November 2014 they were in the process of putting the finishing touches to the YHA accommodation. It would be very interesting staying there after you have done a few of the prison tours to add further insights into the prison its inmates. Who would have thought now the prison has paying customers to stay over night. Unlike the prisoners cells did not have running water, power points and a toilet as they only had a bucket so YHA is sheer luxury.


    • rockytravel
      November 14, 2015 @ 9:35 am

      Hi Richard, yes Fremantle Prison YHA hostel is sheer luxury compared to what the old prison. They had indeed a hard life considering that many prisoners were in jail for banal reasons, like swearing or bein drunk in public.


  2. Danial
    November 18, 2015 @ 3:00 am

    Did any of the staff shared with you spooky stories or urban legends about Fremantle Prison before it was turned into a youth hostel?


    • rockytravel
      November 18, 2015 @ 2:59 pm

      Hi Danial, no they didn’t, but I’ve heard of these stories on a Fremantle Prison Walking Tour. It’s really worth going on a tour to hear about them. Hope you enjoyed the post about my stay at the YHA hostel in Fremantle though, cheers! πŸ˜‰


  3. Barry
    November 20, 2015 @ 4:52 am

    Very interesting article and great to see they found a good use for this old prison instead of knocking it down. I will have to stay there one day when I finally get around to visiting Fremantle.


    • rockytravel
      November 21, 2015 @ 4:19 pm

      Yes, indeed, they had a great idea. Happy for YHA that they got this location. They really did a great job! I am sure you will like staying at Fremantle Prison YHA! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚


  4. Agness of aTukTuk
    June 6, 2017 @ 4:03 pm

    This is an amazing review! Thanks a bunch for sharing your experience in this hostel!


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