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Missing hiker found safe and well after becoming disorientated and lost


A woman who failed to return from a bushwalk in Litchfield National Park on Sunday has been found safe and well.

The 71-year-old from New South Wales left Wangai Falls at about 11.30am to walk Tjaetaba Falls, a hike of about 10 kilometres.

Superintendent Brendan Muldoon says the woman only flew into the Northern Territory on Thursday and had plans to meet up with a group of hikers after her trek.

"When they arrived at about 1.30 on Sunday afternoon, her tent and belongings were all in place but she was not in the campground,"Superintendent Muldoon says.

"Her backpack was missing and her hiking boots were missing."

But he says the 71-year-old became disorientated and couldn’t find her way back.

“Luckily, she was well-provisioned with food and water and a silver blanket, she had also found enough fresh water to stay hydrated,” Superintendent Muldoon says.

He says the woman, who is an experienced hiker, was resting in the shade when she heard the helicopter this afternoon.

“And was able to walk to a point where she could be seen and was subsequently picked up by the helicopter.”

“We couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome.”

A land and air search involving NT Police, Fire, Emergency Services, volunteers and Parks and Wildlife personnel was launched on Monday morning to find her.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the lady’s rescue,” Superintendent Muldoon says.