'Ingenious survival tactics': Mother, son survive 10 days in Australian bush
A 40-year-old woman and her 9-year-old son have been found alive after surviving 10 days with no food in remote Australian bushland.
The pair went missing on October 2 while bushwalking in rugged terrain in the Mount Royal National Park, north of Singleton, in the New South Wales Hunter Valley region.
But a search was only launched after the woman's car was discovered four days ago.
They had planned to walk for two hours in the area, but became disoriented, Singleton Police duty officer Inspector Joanne Schultz said.
"Family and friends reported them missing, but they had no information on where they had been going," Schultz said.
"Their car was then sighted in the car park of the Mount Royal National Park on October 9."
Following four days of extensive searching, the pair were located at 12.30pm on Thursday on Mount Royal Road, police said.
"They were suffering from abrasions, exposure and dehydration but will likely have no long-term ill effects," Inspector Schultz said.
Inspector Andrew Steenson, from NSW Ambulance, said the mother and her son were in "remarkably good physical condition", given their experience.
He said the pair had some scratches and bites but were fairly well hydrated "due to some quite ingenious survival tactics".
"The search terrain was really quite hostile in some areas," he said.
"There are some steep slopes and thick scrub, and it drops off by about 500 metres in some parts of the search area.
"Given that the search has been under way for four days, it was really good to find them in such good physical shape."
Steenson said the pair had told of using leaves to collect water, removing ticks and leeches from each other, sharing a pair of shoes and tying grass around trees to mark their location.
- Newcastle Herald, AAP