We've been following Alan & Anusha travel around the country one epic adventure at a time for a while now. With a small army of followers on Instagram it seems we aren't alone. We thought we'd reach out and get to know them a little better.
Where did you grow up?
Alan - Melbourne
Anusha - Brisbane
Your first car?
Alan - I had a beast of an XB Coupe and drove the family 80 Series.
Anusha - Mazda 3
How did you first get into 4wding?
Alan - I grew up 4wding, camping etc with my dad. I introduced Anusha to camping about 7 years ago when we first got together. She's always loved being outdoors but never had the opportunity to 4wd or camp. Took her to Fraser Island with my custom army trailer that I built with my mates a few years prior. Safe to say the moment we got on the island she was in love and still is to this day.
When on an adventure…strict schedule or go with the flow?
We only really plan when we leave to go to our destination and back. Otherwise we go with the flow and enjoy each day.
Do you have names for your 4wds?
No solid names but we both just call them 'big girl' when we talk about them to each other.
Tell us about your 4wd set up
Alan: We pulled apart my Patrol when we got back from Fraser October last year, so anything that's on it will be replaced. I've wanted to chop her for a while and finally made the call to do it. I've got some epic plans for the rebuild and will be working on it with a mate who happens to be a custom fabricator. Can't give anything away at this stage but it's going to be game changing to say the least.
Anusha: I've happily driven Alan's Patrol on our adventures but just wanted something to call my own. Jeeps are such capable trucks and have so many options for customisation. I'm running a Synergy 5" lift on 37" Nitto Mud Grapplers, Fox Remote Res Shocks, Front & Rear diff braces, adjustable front and rear trailing arms, Poison Spyder brawler bar and high flares. I am still in the build phase but for now I have plans for the rest of my bar work - Tom Woods drive shaft, diff gears, custom air box/Staino snorkel and hopefully supercharge her down the track.
Favourite part about having over 9,000 followers on Instagram?
We started our Instagram just like everyone else, to share our trips in our custom trucks that we've both predominantly built and worked on ourselves. We love how much reach it can offer and are happy to share our adventures, grow our following, further develop our content and check our everyone else’s adventures. We've met some awesome people out on the tracks and hit the tracks with people we've followed on Instagram by sending them a DM!
Worst part about having over 9000 followers on Instagram? If there is one!
We don't think there are any negatives to any size following as there's no real competition. We're all individuals and that shows in our trucks, set up, gear and trips we do. We did have a quiet period for a number of reasons last year and for the better part busy with work/projects and life like everyone else so we didn't get a chance to getaway. That did show on our following but to us there's nothing better than genuine and quality content and doing what feels right for us.
What Newtracs feature are you most excited about?
Checking out tracks that we might not have known about but thanks to your data and local knowledge we'll be able to check them out. We love a good explore but think it's great that you can check for any issues on a track; tree's fallen etc. so you can change course or clear the track with the crew. Ultimately it will be great for anyone who isn't fully set up to tackle the hard tracks to make a call at the start of a track based on difficulty and feedback as opposed to getting halfway down and thrashing their gear.
Travel plans for 2019?
We will be quite busy with the rebuild beginning soon but have plans for Swan Gully 4x4 park, Bundaberg and surrounds. We are hoping to sneak in Barrington tops in winter, our annual Fraser Island end of year trip and any other weekenders we decide on throughout the year. We've also been busy planning Cape York 2020, Alan's third time up and my second.
Thanks so much to Alan & Anusha from @offcamber4x4 for taking the time to fill us in on their adventures. Be sure to follow them around the country on Instagram at @offcamber4x4