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Michela Fantinel

Michela is a passionate traveller and outdoor enthusiast, who has been travelling solo for +30 years between Australia, Italy, Europe and more countries. She is keen to share her knowledge and best tips to help solo travellers travel more and plan their adventures in a simpler and smarter way. Michela is the founder and editor in chief of Rocky Travel.

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  1. Brian
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:54 am

    Great tips on things to do in Sydney. We loved our time there and one of the most enjoyable experiences for us was exploring Sydney Harbour using the superb ferry system. Every view is picture postcard and every destination is worth a visit. Can’t wait to go back and try some of the things you’ve highlgihted which we haven’t done yet.

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    • rockytravel
      November 23, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

      Hi Brian, I haven’t done all of them…definitely the indoor skydiving is something for me who needs a bit of training before jumping out of the plane… πŸ˜‰ followed by the Tree Top Adventure! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Richard
    November 25, 2015 @ 10:27 am

    I look forward to trying some of your tips out the next time I’m in Sydney. I think I will like stay on Cockatoo Island and see it in a different light. i worked there many years ago when it was used for ship building and maintenance. it looks so different now with rows of tents and bars, but the old sand stone blocks of the slave docks and plugs as well as the old tunnels and convict buildings on the hill. you can also play tennis on top of the island which has a wonderful view to Sydney and the harbour bridge. thanks for the tips

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    • rockytravel
      November 26, 2015 @ 7:59 am

      Hi Richard, glad you liked these fun things to do in Sydney! I am sure staying on Cockatoo Island and playing tennis there will be good fun! πŸ˜‰

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  3. Rockhopper
    November 28, 2015 @ 5:33 pm

    I don’t like so much these crazy things, but nature sounds always interesting for me! I’d love to do whale watching there!

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    • rockytravel
      November 29, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

      Whale watching is great if you are lucky to be there on the right day, at the right moment, you may be lucky to spot humpback whales breaching very close to Sydney Harbour!

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  4. Katja
    November 28, 2015 @ 6:27 pm

    We lived in Sydney for three years but during that time I never visited the Treetop Adventure Park. We did enjoy all the other things on your list however, as well as the harbour bridge climb, which I loved.

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    • rockytravel
      November 29, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

      The Treetop Adventure Park is something relatively new in Sydney and seems to be very popular among locals and travellers alike! πŸ™‚

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  5. Fiona
    November 28, 2015 @ 8:30 pm

    I’d love to visit Sydney. My Godfather lives there – but I’ve never been. I like the lookof the royal national park

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  6. Jackie
    November 28, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

    The treetop adventure, whale watching and the Royal National Park look like great things to do! I haven’t been to Sydney yet, but my list of things to see and do keeps growing! How cool there’s also a simulated skydive! I would imagine that is a big hit with the kids! Thanks for all the great ideas!

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    • rockytravel
      November 29, 2015 @ 12:05 pm

      Thanks, Jackie! The simulated skydive is something high on my list, as I have fear of jumping out of the plane and this will help me become more confident and prepare for the real free-fall! πŸ™‚

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  7. Anne
    November 29, 2015 @ 10:05 am

    Jet boating and tree top adventure is definitely on my adventure list when I get there.

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    • rockytravel
      November 29, 2015 @ 12:09 pm

      Hi Anne, I went on a jet boating ride in Auckland and loved it. Lots of screaming, laughing, so much fun! Would love to hear back from you when you try this in Sydney! πŸ™‚

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  8. melody
    November 29, 2015 @ 2:02 pm

    Is that Cockatoo Island a UNESCO site? Loved your photos.I will have to confess that Australia has never been on my list of places I would like to go but Sydney looks adventurous in addition to stunning. That National Park is visually stunning. What gorgeous beaches!

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    • rockytravel
      November 29, 2015 @ 7:17 pm

      Thanks Melody! Cockatoo Island was listed in the Unesco World Heritage list in 2010. If you love nature, get active in the outdoors coupled with a bit of adventure there are many fun Sydney activities to choose from! πŸ™‚

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  9. Brianna
    November 29, 2015 @ 3:49 pm

    All look like great fun but I’d definitely go for the whale watching adventure!

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    • rockytravel
      November 29, 2015 @ 7:19 pm

      Sydney offers great whale watching tours, so if you are visiting Sydney in season (June-September) then go for it: You will not be disappointed! πŸ™‚

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  10. Claudia
    November 29, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

    All of those activities look fun and very accessible. I like the idea of indoor sky-diving, versus the real terror of jumping from a plane!

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    • rockytravel
      November 30, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

      Thanks Claudia! Indoor sky-diving is truly fun and can’t wait to try it out myself! πŸ™‚

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  11. Mel
    November 29, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

    As an adrenaline junkie, this is the kind of list I need for Sydney, all I have to do is get there now! πŸ˜€ I’d love to go whale watching, I recently went to Iceland on a tour and didn’t see any so I’m scouting for new places where a sighting is an (almost) assured thing.

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    • rockytravel
      November 30, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

      Hi Mel, Australia is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Depending on the time of the year, you can see humpback whales between June- September in Sydney and till Ocotber along the southern Eastern Coast of Australia. If you are an adrenaline junkie, then Sydeny is the right place for you! Hope you get there soon! πŸ™‚

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  12. Joe
    November 30, 2015 @ 3:33 am

    Great tips! Sydney is one of the places I need to spend more time in and your list is a great way to start!

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    • rockytravel
      November 30, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

      Thanks Joe, glad you liked the post about unique Sydney activities! πŸ™‚

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  13. Lyn
    December 11, 2015 @ 11:27 am

    I have lived in Sydney almost my whole life. A helicopter flightseeing flight over the harbour is the most fun thing I have ever done. I would highly recommend it. My husband and I stayed on Cockatoo Island a few years ago and it was quite surreal – waking up to those stunning views. We don’t camp so even the glamping was a bit too basic for us. We stayed in a cottage – a bit more expensive than glamping but a whole lot more comfortable.

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    • rockytravel
      December 11, 2015 @ 3:51 pm

      Thanks Lyn for sharing your experience an a Sydney insider! I have camped in the Outack and quite liked it. Now and then I like to try something different and the glamorous campsite on Cockatoo Island is something I’d like to try out! πŸ™‚

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  14. Louise
    March 26, 2018 @ 6:10 am

    I finished my itinerary for my incoming vacation trip to Australia easily after reading this blog and thank you for that.

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  15. Eva
    May 7, 2018 @ 10:15 am

    The reason why we start travel is such a great tool for spending holidays, especially when it comes about Sydney! So colourful, it always brings a wonderful mood! By the way, great list of activities! i will try it in the near future!

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