The three friends had set out to explore the country’s vast interior near Alice Springs on November 19 when their car became bogged down in a river bed.
After three days staying put and waiting for a rescue, the group feared supplies were dwindling and two of them decided to walk along a property fence in the hope of finding help.
The lone person to stay back, Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, was found on Sunday less than two kilometres from the same vehicle suffering from dehydration.
She told public broadcaster ABC that the trio – accompanied by their blue Staffordshire terrier Raya – had survived by drinking pre-mixed vodka drinks and water from a hole dug for cattle, eating biscuits and sheltering in a hole dug under her car.
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