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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. Traveling Rockhopper
    November 14, 2015 @ 6:58 pm

    I heard lots of positives about Melbourne, but didn’t expect to see penguins there! 😀

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    • rockytravel
      November 22, 2015 @ 11:15 am

      You can see little penguins in Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, but you should go to Phillip Island (140km from Melbourne) where the largest penguin colony of Australia (over 30thousands) live! 🙂

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  2. Fiona
    November 14, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

    Melbourne looks like a great place to visit! What a wide range of things to try,

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    • rockytravel
      December 2, 2015 @ 12:11 pm

      Yes, Fiona. I’d dare say: Melbourne is no. 1 Australian City for an overall great travel experience! 🙂

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  3. Claudia
    November 14, 2015 @ 9:08 pm

    It is good to know that there are free walking tours as well as food tours in Melbourne. It really adds a lot to a city and I hope they start doing them here in Sardinia too!

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    • rockytravel
      November 15, 2015 @ 2:59 pm

      It’s hard to beat Melbourne on the “free-things-to-do”. I believe every city should offer some sort of free-guided-tours…. Those in Melbourne are run by volunteers and are great to make you fall in love with the city and dive into the Melbourne’s vibe. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  4. Laura
    November 15, 2015 @ 2:12 am

    We’ve been considering a move to Australia in about 8 months, and Melbourne is at the top of the list. I’m always excited to read about all the fun things to do there and how friendly the people are. That’s encouraging!

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    • rockytravel
      November 15, 2015 @ 3:02 pm

      Wow Laura, what a news! Moving to Australia, where from? Australina people are very friendly and Melbourne is in my opinion the friendliest among the Australian cities for welcoming travellers! 🙂

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  5. Mel
    November 15, 2015 @ 11:56 pm

    4 weeks in Melbourne? You lucky thing!! 😀 I must say of all the things you’ve listed the air balloon ride would be something really special I would love to do. It’s on my bucket list and I couldn’t think of a lovelier place than Melbourne to experience it for the first time 🙂

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    • rockytravel
      November 16, 2015 @ 10:16 am

      Hi Mel, I really enjoyed the hot air balloon ride. It was the first for me ever. You may be lucky enough to float over Melbourne CBD… you never know what the wind will be like! Enjoy Oz! 🙂

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  6. Megan
    November 16, 2015 @ 1:15 am

    A great list. I haven’t been but looks very helpful. Especially appreciate the list of free tours. I always enjoy those.

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    • rockytravel
      November 16, 2015 @ 10:18 am

      Yes Melbourne offers lots of free things worth checking out. Thanks for stopping by Megan! 🙂

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  7. Mags
    November 16, 2015 @ 3:32 am

    Melbourne looks amazing. I’ve never been to Melbourne, but I’ve been jonesing to get back to Australia and I may have to check it out. I love that public transportation is free!

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    • rockytravel
      November 16, 2015 @ 10:20 am

      The free trams in Melbourne CBD is new! It’s the highlight that makes Melbourne stand out from all Australian cities! Hope you make it back to Australia soon! 😉

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  8. RaW | Ramble and Wander
    November 16, 2015 @ 8:53 am

    I went to Melbourne almost 2 years ago and totally loved it! Well, apart from the expenses 🙂 Took the free walking tour, explored the street art scenes and even went on a day trip to Yarra Valley and some place else I don’t remember off hand now. It’s great to know that now the tram rides are all free! Anything to reduce the cost of travelling there is most certainly welcome! 🙂

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    • rockytravel
      November 16, 2015 @ 10:23 am

      To me, Melbourne is the travellers’ friendliest city in Australia, and the “free tram rides” in the CBD is the cherry on the cake, one of the many free things that you can enjoy when visiting Melbourne! 🙂

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  9. Joe Ankenbauer
    November 16, 2015 @ 10:48 am

    Great list! Definitely going to have to try the hot air ballon one!

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  10. Sophie
    November 16, 2015 @ 11:44 am

    Great post! I’ve never been to Melbourne – my family live in Adelaide so we always go that direction. But I really want to do the neighbours studio tour!

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    • rockytravel
      November 16, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post, Sophie! 🙂

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  11. Kym
    May 28, 2017 @ 10:53 am

    I’m a Melbournite who has lived in London for 13 years and each time I go back to see family I discover something fabulous. A few year back we did a great boat trip over to Williamstown, ate amazing fish and chips, lazed in the sunshine and ate scrumptious ice-cream. Very pleasant indeed! Also the Melbourne Arts Centre has some excellent free exhibits – last Christmas, it was an homage to Melbourne girl Kylie Minogue!

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  12. Aquila
    June 16, 2017 @ 1:43 am

    Michela thank you for sharing! What a lovely article and the photos are amazing too! I love how you put together these information on Top 20 things to do in Melbourne for the solo traveller. Easy to read, very relatable and great tips! Can’t wait to read more!

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  13. Abhishek
    November 3, 2020 @ 5:12 am

    Melbourne looks stunning. I’ve never been to Melbourne however now I am truly eager to go there. what’s more, it’s incredible that public transportation is free!

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