Nature Euphoria

sharing adventure and sustainability

 

Nature Euphoria seeks to inspire adventure, appreciation, and care for nature and sustainable living.  Follow Leigh’s journey as he explores the world and shares stories about nature, adventure, and sustainability! 

 

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I would like to acknowledge and pay my respect to all the traditional custodians of this country. I would also like to acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded, and to extend my gratitude for your protection of this land.

About Leigh Redding and Nature Euphoria

Leigh is on a journey; born in the rivers and mountains. Meandering through the late Anthropocene and wandering from billabongs to concrete jungles, exploring the amazing planet we call our home; Earth. Leigh is an adventurer, naturalist and environmentalist with the desire to share the amazing places he goes, engage with the incredible people he meets along the way, and spread a message of sustainable living and adventure through connecting to the natural world around us. 

Leigh is an outdoor educator and wilderness guide by trade. He created Nature Euphoria as a means to reach out to communities, share and build ideas of sustainability and a culture of creating experiences which connects us back to the natural world. 

My Blog

Read about my adventures, thoughts and environmental issues here.

River folk – Swanhill to Robinvale

River folk – Swanhill to Robinvale

A rare barista coffee and bagel started my day in Swanhill, before launching my boat and paddling away from this urban landscape. Feeling clean and fueled by town food, I set out paddling solo and eager to return to the sparsely populated river realm I had become accustomed to.

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Through the forests – Towumbarry Weir to Swanhill

Through the forests – Towumbarry Weir to Swanhill

There is a lovely feeling about paddling in the rain, the water drops falling from the sky bounce off the surface tension and the movement of air cast patterns across the water. It is peaceful and the solitude increases, the veil of water that now surrounds you holds you present to the place. 

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Goulburn Confluence – Lower Goulburn River to Torumbary Weir

Goulburn Confluence – Lower Goulburn River to Torumbary Weir

From Goulburn Weir (the dam that forms Lake Nagambie), the River that flows out, I refer to it as the Lower Goulburn, whether this is technically true, I’m unsure. However, there is a distinct change in character; the banks are much higher, the water swirls slowly around snags, flowing down the constantly meandering riverbed and the trees on the banks are old and gnarled with age and weathering.

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Lower Goulburn River – A Mountain perspective

Lower Goulburn River – A Mountain perspective

Arriving at Murchison East, I found Leigh camped by the river, in amongst some young river red gums, with a hammock strung up and his feet all muddy. This was to be the state of our feet for the next little while as a release from the weir had covered everything by the banks in silt. We embodied our inner mud gremlin.

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Down the Yea River – A baptism of snags

Down the Yea River – A baptism of snags

The journey began with the descent of the Yea River (Kayigai) to Ghin Ghin, where the Yea River meets the Goulburn River (Warring). Having paddled this section of river before I knew what to expect! Although time tends to mellow things out.

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Precious Plastic fundraiser

Precious Plastic fundraiser

I have begun a plastic recycling project!
I am building a series of machines that will shred waste/post-consumer waste plastic, then melt it into new and useful products, such as surfboard fins, bowls, hand planes and hand paddles (for body surfing and kayaking), plant potters and more.

I am seeking to raise funds for this plastic recycling project and looking forward to going into full production after the completion of my paddle journey.

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The Recommence

The Recommence

I am on the eve of finally leaving on my ‘Backyard to the Sea’ journey, where I paddle from my childhood/family home and my current residence since the Covid pandemic, to the ocean! Whilst packing all the essential items I require for the trip, I felt to share and reminisce on the significance of this journey I have chosen.

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New boat!

New boat!

After much contemplation, I have purchased a new boat for my ‘backyard to sea journey’. This beautiful, green Prijon sea kayak will now be the boat that takes me down the Goulburn and Murray rivers on my way to the ocean,  and as you can tell from the photo, I am very excited.

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