April 29, 2015

One of the things I’ve come to love about Melbourne is its Street Art.


“Melbourne is known as one of the world's great street art capitals for its unique expressions of art on approved outdoor locations. Street art includes stencils, paste-ups and murals and does not include graffiti or tagging which is illegal.”


I stumbled across Hoiser Lane while walking about the city.


What do you think of the artw...

April 28, 2015

One of my favorite Tough Girls is Sister Madonna Buder or the ‘Iron Nun’ as she’s also known. She’s one hell of an inspirational lady and a role model for women and girls around the world. Her accomplishments and achievements are incredible..... 

This is not the story of someone who took up fitness and training when she was young and found out she was a natural. Sister Madonna came into triathlons when...

April 23, 2015

  • Subscribe to Tough Girl Challenges via the link at the bottom right hand side of this page. This is really quick and easy to do, you just have to provide your e-mail address. Don't worry you're not going to be receiving hundreds of e-mails. Just e-mails from me occasionally when I think it would be of interest.


April 20, 2015

I’ve really been enjoying listening to podcasts at the moment. This is a new way for me to learn and absorb information. Its great getting informed about other people’s stories and the journeys they’ve been on to get to where they are now.

There’s so much useful information and advice available through podcasts.


I'd highly recommend everyone to get involved. It’s so easy to do, especially if you’re com...

April 19, 2015

I’ve generally been waking up at three in the morning and again at five, never feeling that refreshed or ready to face the day when it was time to actually get up. Today after sleeping all through the night, I was awake and ready to go at 8.43 am, I know that’s really specific, but I’d set my alarm for 8.45 am, so it was lovely to wake up before the alarm went off!


A small glass of lemon water and the...

April 14, 2015

I’ve taken myself off to Port Douglas which is about a 40 min drive from Cairns on the West coast of Australia.

 Port Douglas is a beautiful and relaxing place. It is also located next to the sea and the 4 mile beach. It’s so nice to be in the sunshine again and to feel the heat! I’ve had enough of the cold and the rain in the UK and Melbourne!


My plan while I’m here is to relax, do yoga and to eat rea...

April 13, 2015

While I was in Melbourne I decided to go for the ultimate wellness check and visited a Naturopath!


I’d never been to one before, but was intrigued about what they do and how they work. I’ve really been struggling over the past few months with my energy levels. I’ve started on iron tablets but haven’t noticed a huge change. I thought it would be a good idea to get a different opinion about why I was so...

April 11, 2015


  • Book your tours well in advance as they can get booked up really quickly.
  • It sounds obvious but drink lots of water while you’re out walking. The temperatures can be extreme! You won’t realise how much you’ll be sweating during the day. They recommend about 1 litre every hour.
  • Don’t take anything from the National Park, this includes stones, flowers, leaves etc – it will cost you $1,000 if you ge...

April 10, 2015



  • Uluru is 348 m tall and 3.6 km long. It is 24m higher than the Eiffel Tower.
  • Uluru is the tip of a huge slab of rock that continues below ground for possible 5 – 6 km
  • The colour changes of Uluru result from the filtering effect of the earth’s atmosphere on the sun’s rays
  • When the Ayres Rock Resort is full, it has over 1000 people and becomes the 4th largest city in the Northern Territory.
  • In 2...

April 9, 2015

 For many people, myself included the main reason for heading out to Ayres Rock is to go and climb it! This is in part how it’s been advertised to tourists and one of the main reasons to visit the area. The history and the cultural significance of Uluru is probably a secondary reason for visiting.


The climb is about 1.6 km long and it is very treacherous. For the first thirty metres there’s nothing to...

April 8, 2015

Day three of my trip to Ayres Rock and my last day at the Ayres Rock Resort. I only had the morning available before the midday flight back to Melbourne and what better way to use my time than by going up in a helicopter and seeing Ayres Rock from the air! I went on the fifteen minute scenic flight which was just the perfect amount of time!

 Getting comfortable with the headset before we set off!


April 7, 2015

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is made up of 36 domed heads and is often overlooked as most people head straight over to “The Rock”. Kata Tjuta means – ‘many heads’, the domes extend for 6 kilometres through the park with the highest peak rising to 546 m which is 198 m higher than Uluru.


The guided tour took us through the “Valley of the Winds” which provided stunning scenery and the opportunity to learn more...

April 6, 2015

Sounds of Silence, is an amazing dining experience. It’s held outside in the National Park with Uluru as the backdrop.  The evening starts off with sparkling wine and some adventurous canapés while a didgeridoo is playing in the background.


This is the perfect opportunity to take photos and to soak up the atmosphere.

 Once the sun has set you head down a narrow pathway to an unforgettable dining experi...

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