Australian celebrities on how they celebrated the milestone

Methods to have a good time a fortieth birthday? From an enormous bash and climbing a mountain to consuming a sausage in bread within the park, 14 girls inform how they marked the event.

Catriona Rowntree

Tv presenter

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I had an exquisite fortieth. I returned to the place I went with my husband for our first date – Taronga Zoo, once I was round 29 or 30 – with my two youngsters in tow. That night time we had a very unbelievable banquet with my closest pals. We simply laughed our heads off and had a very nice time.

Sally Hepworth


Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth

There was a three-week interval the place we opened up between COVID-19 lockdowns, and in these three weeks, my two greatest girlfriends and me all had our fortieth birthdays. And all three of us had girls-only lunches at our houses, which is basically indicative of who we’re within the sense that we don’t like males, we don’t like going out of our houses, we solely like one another, and we love getting drunk within the safety of our personal houses. So I had a caterer are available in, I had this superb bunch of ladies who’re all at completely different life phases: a few of them had children who had simply left residence, and so they had been turning into empty-nesters, and others had simply had their first child. Certainly one of my girlfriends was sitting there ingesting wine and pumping bottles of breast milk on the desk.


And finally two folks fell asleep, one among my pals along with her face in her dinner. And – that is what I like about girls getting older – this [other] good friend, she’s round 50 so has had a number of good life expertise, she doesn’t go to sleep along with her face in her dinner any extra. She went to the sofa and procured a cushion, after which she leaned again in her chair and had it behind her head, and she or he simply fell asleep like that. And I simply thought, “We all know the best way to do it now that we’re 40!” And I believed, “That is only a good, good night time.”

Sally Obermeder

Tv presenter and writer

Sally Obermeder.

Sally Obermeder.

It was a little bit of a let-down, as I used to be within the midst of my most cancers remedy. So, it was a non-event, so to talk. I believe I used to be very very similar to, “I’m blissful to be right here. Let’s see the place I am going from right here.” It was positively not the fortieth I used to be anticipating, but additionally, in a approach, regardless of what was taking place, it was nonetheless one filled with lots of gratitude.

Taryn Brumfitt

Author/physique picture activist

I had a bunch of pals say, “We’ve all chipped in. You may go wherever you need to go, enterprise class: New York, London, Paris. What do you need to do?” And I used to be like, “I simply need to go to a park and eat a sausage in bread.” As a result of I spend a lot time on planes, I simply needed to go to my native park. And that’s precisely what I ended up doing. And I used to be so blissful.

Narelda Jacobs

Tv journalist

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For my fortieth, I needed to climb a mountain. So my girlfriend on the time and I went to Bali to climb Mount Agung, which might be probably the most harmful mountain to climb as a result of there’s no security. So I spent a number of hours – it was about an eight-hour expertise – simply terrified. I severely thought I used to be going to die on my fortieth birthday, nevertheless it taught me rather a lot about myself: that I can maintain going and climb a mountain. I simply needed to beat one thing, to attain one thing, on my fortieth that I hadn’t accomplished earlier than.

Kathy Lette


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Properly, as traditional, I swung off a chandelier with a cocktail between my tooth. Girls must have a good time each milestone as a result of, when you have got youngsters, you’re taking the burnt chop, you by no means get the window seat, you all the time put your self final. You’re tethered to the kitchen by your apron strings and your heartstrings … You’re psychologically tethered. So anytime you get to have a good time simply being you, don’t really feel responsible. Girls have a guilt gland. Our guilt glands throb on a regular basis as moms – we by no means assume we’re adequate. If we’re working moms, we expect we needs to be at residence doing artistic issues with Play-Doh. If we’re stay-at-home mums, we expect we needs to be out, striding the world stage with enterprise capital portfolios tucked up every sleeve. We simply really feel responsible on a regular basis – and guilt is the reward that simply retains on giving. So by no means, ever really feel responsible about celebrating your life and your sisterhood. As a result of my complete theme in life is that ladies are one another’s human Wonderbras – uplifting, supportive and making one another look larger and higher.

Yumi Stynes

Presenter and writer

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I can’t even keep in mind. I’ve by no means been one for giant birthday bashes and I notably don’t like that type of consideration that you simply get in your birthday when everybody kind of seems to be at you and so they’re like, “So, blissful birthday!” And also you’re like, “Are you able to please cease, cease saying that!” So, I don’t know. I in all probability had a dinner or one thing, nevertheless it was nothing huge.

Lisa Cox

Creator and incapacity advocate

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My fortieth was final 12 months, so I had grand plans to have a celebration in Europe. Clearly, that didn’t occur [due to COVID-19]. My husband nonetheless made it particular. He arrange our residence: he put “Venice” in a single nook. We had drinks in “Venice”, then went and had drinks in my workplace, in “Paris” and “Berlin”. So I nonetheless went to Europe. It definitely wasn’t as I had deliberate or hoped, however nothing in my life actually is, in order that was how I spent my fortieth. It was nonetheless a very, actually nice day.

Ada Nicodemou


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I in all probability celebrated it for about two years. It was just like the pageant of Ada! I all the time needed to do one thing huge for my fortieth and I all the time needed to go abroad, so we did. We went to Italy and Greece with an entire lot of my pals, we employed a wonderful villa in Italy, and it was a very nice time. I’ve all the time been enthusiastic about turning 40. I’m not a type of individuals who hates speaking about my age or was scared in regards to the huge 4-0. I used to be enthusiastic about it. I simply really feel like an actual grown-up now.

Gorgi Coghlan

Tv presenter

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We determined for our fortieth to have a Bachelor & Spinster Ball. Simply down the highway from our farm, there’s this attractive little RSL shed, and we employed that out with all of our pals. We made an govt resolution: no fancy meals, no catering, no canapés. We did dumplings, sausage rolls and meat pies. We had 5 bottles of Bundy rum on the stage that you simply simply went up and helped your self with, and Coke bottles. After all, we had wine, champagne and beer and all that stuff, however we didn’t do something elaborate. You needed to costume in nation and western and also you needed to costume a bit feral … and everybody simply killing themselves laughing as they walked in. It was simply that fantastic step into this decade of going, “We’re not going to have airs and graces. Pardon the French, however we don’t give a shit if folks don’t just like the meals, we’re simply going to have a cracker night time with all of our pals.”


We placed on actually dodgy Nineties, Nineteen Eighties music – Madonna, Prince – and we received drunk and had the most effective night time; I used to be nonetheless dancing on a wine barrel at about 3am. It was only a crackerjack night time of reduction, of pleasure of … you get again to a wonderful rawness, and also you don’t care, actually. You’re attending to that age in your life the place you realize what makes you cheerful, you realize who you need round you, and also you don’t want the approval of anybody or something.

Shelly Horton

Journalist and tv presenter

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I celebrated my fortieth in Hawaii and that’s the place my husband proposed. I completely stage-managed it. I’d already designed the ring. I had 20 family and friends in Hawaii for my fortieth, so it was simply good that Darren was going to suggest whereas we had been there. He received to try this good thing – he went and requested my mum and pa, which is simply the cutest. Then he received down on one knee in entrance of everybody, and we had my fortieth celebration that night time. So, it was like a double celebration.

Paula Joye

Journalist and elegance commentator

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I don’t like my birthday, however not due to age in any respect. I’ve received no drawback with one other journey across the solar; I’ve received no drawback with getting older. I simply don’t like birthdays and I haven’t ever since I used to be a child. After I was 40, I had a 10-year-old and a five-year-old, so it in all probability was one thing like … I can’t keep in mind it!

Emmylou MacCarthy

Creator and presenter

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The 12 months of my fortieth birthday, I travelled to New York and skilled with a tremendous choreographer, Kira Armstrong. She’s danced with a few of the greatest, together with Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Lizzo. I hadn’t danced in 25 years, so I booked seven rehearsals over two weeks to attempt to be taught some enjoyable and simple choreography that I might take again to Melbourne. I employed the Rising Queens – a wonderful, body-positive dance troupe – and so they learnt the choreography, too. Then we carried out the dance at my fortieth birthday celebration in entrance of a whole lot of my friends.

Sarah Wilson

Creator and presenter

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I put collectively an exquisite banquet for 40 folks on a rooftop in the course of Sydney – and it was sustainable. So my poor pals needed to be subjected to my complete zero-waste philosophy. I truly went and received a lower tuna carcass from the market, and we took out the cartilage from between all of the bones and made this superb tartare and put it in previous tuna tins; that was the entrée. I then made all these salads and made everybody take the leftovers residence. All the things was repurposed and reused. It was a wonderful night time, truly – sustainable wine, zero sulphites. It was a very, actually enjoyable night time.

Edited extract from Forty Favours the Courageous (Echo Publishing) by Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills, out now.

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