We are excited to add 'The Uncommon Family' to our Rainbow Living family! Penny, Scott, Amy, Alexis, Charli and Tully are your Uncommon family, 6 beautiful people whose love of the outdoors has created a strong family bond and an awesome blog. They live for off road adventures, where they push their 4WD to the limits so they can travel to some of the most untouched beautiful locations in Australia. There are so many times we wish we could take the track marked 4WD only, or burn off down the beach in search of surf. It is a side of camping we would love to explore, but as much as we push our van, she has her limits. So we are extremely excited to jump on board the 4WD adventures of The Uncommon Family and get a taste of the life of some real off-road explorers.
Tell us how Penny and Scott met?
The first time we saw each other was when we were both getting ready to compete in a 30km trail run event in the gold coast hinterland. A week later we had our first date and that was it...6 weeks later we were living together and learning how to blend a single guy, single mum, teenager and a little one into a family unit by spending time camping, fishing, exploring and planning our future adventures. Three years later we are married and have added to our family with 2 more little girls and we are living a life that is full of adventure and fun!
What is The Uncommon Family?
When we were first dating Scott would refer to me as the Uncommon Human due to my love of outdoor activities and extreme endurance sport...he is very similar so I guess that's why we are perfect for each other. We are not your everyday family just living our lives in the one home, the one job, the one town... we are living a life uncommon, taking life and making the absolute most of it...We take every opportunity even if it is small to get away and when we get the chance plan bigger adventures. A lot of people might take one holiday a year and work all year for it...we take overnights, weekends, long weekends, weeks and turn them all into adventures as many times a year as we can.
We love your 4WD adventure's, do you run into complications with such a big family, including a baby and toddler?
People always assume that is difficult camping and traveling around with little babies and children. We don't agree. We think its easier when we are camping, you still have the same basic jobs you would have at home such as feeding, changing, bathing, playing except you get to do it all outside and in some very unique places. Our kids are very adaptable and the only routine they have is that there is no routine and anything can happen! We want the kids to grow up being open to change and a desire to experience as much of life as they can. The best part about exploring as a family is that we get to really spend time together without distractions of things at home. These adventures have really turned us into a strong self sufficient happy family.
What has been your favourite location and which place is at the top of destinations to visit?
Our trip to Cape York was an amazing trip with some extreme 4x4 and beautiful places. The fact that we eloped on this trip and it was our honeymoon as well made it even more special. Another favourite was the Victorian High Country...the remoteness and the scenery is just spectacular.
I think one of the places that we would most love to explore is the Kimberley Region...there is just so much there to see and we would love to spend a month or more touring around.
Why do you prefer 4WD camping instead of camper van's or holiday houses?
Scott has always been an explorer and wanted to find places that others haven't. I have always loved camping and would live in a tent if Scott would allow it! Having a 4WD gives us access to so many more places and allows us to see what's at the end of every road even the very rough, muddy, dirty ones! Exploring Australia in a 4WD has given us the chance to go places that aren't in the regular travel journals or guides. Camping in spots where it is just our family on a beach, beside a river or on top of a mountain makes you feel like you are the only people on earth!
Where are you heading next?
We try to get away at least once a month somewhere. This month we spent a long weekend out at a great little camping spot on the Nymboida River inland from Grafton white water rafting, making big fires and swimming in crystal clear water with moutains sorounding us. In June we are headed to Red Cliff on the Northern NSW coast for some beach camping. We are also planning a much bigger trip at Christmas time for a month exploring Tasmania. A lot of research is being done for this trip and we are very excited by the amount of off road adventures waiting for us!
Thank you so much to The Uncommon Family for sharing your story with us, we are feeling very inspired to get off the beaten track and live life to fullest. We are so excited to get an insight into 4WD family adventures, can't wait for your first post!
Be sure to check out more from The Uncommon Family blog, link below.