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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. Anne of Pretraveller
    July 12, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    Thanks for a great article. It is really important for visitors (and locals) to realise that Australia has many contrasting climates and seasons, so you DO actually need to bring warm clothes!

    Winter (Jun – Aug) anywhere south of the Tropic of Capricorn gets really cold, and you will still need a jumper for night time in the northern parts of Australia. Summer mostly gets really hot, but I still have fond memories of almost getting hypothermia in Melbourne in mid-summer. The southern states have ‘changes’ which come through which can drop the daytime temperature significantly.

    So the recommendation to pack good quality layers is a good one.


    • Rocky Travel
      July 15, 2013 @ 7:47 am

      I agree. I experienced a sudden temperatures drop on Kangaroo Island in April. After a sunny, warm day, I got up the following day at 5°C. As bushwalking was planned, I was thankful to have packed high-quality outdoor wear to keep me warm. Nonetheless, my hands were ice-cold, and I could hardly take photos! I wish I could have worn warm gloves on that day!


  2. Sarah
    July 16, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful article. I really think these are useful tips. I will save them up to refer back when I travel to Australia next time.


  3. Keith Kellett
    August 17, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Agree with all … but, most importantly, do not forget the hat!


    • Rocky Travel
      August 20, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

      Oh Thanks for the hat, Keith! It’s really important in Australia, cheers!


  4. Fernando
    May 19, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

    Hello, great tips.
    what about wet suit ? its big and heavy should i pack that too? im planning on doing a lot of diving and surfing


    • Rocky Travel
      May 23, 2014 @ 8:27 am

      Hi Fernando! I would not pack a wet suit, as you will be able to hire it. However I don’t know the cost for hiring it. If you are just doing a diving/surfing holiday maybe it’s worth packing it, as the cost for hiring it sums up.


  5. milly
    June 5, 2016 @ 9:12 pm

    I’m coming to Australia this month. This site was really helpful in enabling me choose my clothing. Thanks.


    • Rocky Travel
      June 28, 2016 @ 2:43 am

      Hi Milly, glad to hear you enjoyed this blog post about what to wear in Australia and found Rocky Travel helpful for your Australia trip planning! If you have any questions feel free to email me.


  6. Keanah Finn
    July 30, 2017 @ 4:05 am

    Flip flops is such a funny name for thongs. Australians wear thongs everywhere, no one worries about ‘infections’ what would be the point of them if we didn’t wear them to bathrooms, public transport etc. Otherwise great article!


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