Rivers – A Field Guide

Life isn’t straightforward. Like a river, it bends and curves, twists and turns. It speeds up rapidly, then slows down again unexpectedly. It grows and narrows and sometimes, all of sudden, it feels like everything just drops off a cliff. But once you find your flow, beautiful things can happen.

Find Your Flow

Whether in life or the outdoors, the paths we can choose to walk (or paddle) down are endless. But not every direction leads us to where we need to be.

For week 2 we’re taking some advice from rivers by finding our adventure flow and letting it lead us.

To help you on your way, we’ve compiled stories from Explorers who found their flow, even when it wasn’t always easy.

We’ve got tips on how to find your own flow and direction, courtesy of our mates at batyr.

Plus of course, plenty of adventure ideas and locations to get you out there and exploring the stunning rivers across Australia.

How to Get Involved

Step 1: Sign up to Unlock Outside – you can join in any time!

Step 2: For 5 weeks from the start of November go on an adventure in a new terrain

Step 3: Upload a photo or video of your adventure to social media and tag @we_are_explorers, #unlockoutside and the week (e.g. #rivers)

Step 4: This will automatically put you in the draw to win that week’s epic prizes

Prizes: Up for grab this week is a 5 day adventure car hire from Trekker Adventures, as well as a year’s supply of non-alc beer from the crew at Heaps Normal

Tips From batyr on Finding Your Flow 


  1. Acknowledge and accept all emotions that flow through you. Don’t fight them, let them run their course and you might find they’ll be on their way sooner than you think
  2. Stay mindful and try not to attach yourself to negative or troubling feelings and thoughts. Acknowledge them for what they are but then allow them to pass
  3. One way to do this is by appreciating the natural world and focusing on things that are going well
  4. Like a river, be adaptative and find new solutions and ways around things