Hiker missing on Fraser Island found alive and well

A woman, missing in bushland on Fraser island for three days has been found safe and well.

Madeleine Nowak, 73, became separated from her group along the Great Walk Rd on Thursday afternoon.

Her companions attempted to retrace their steps in a bid to find the experienced hiker before alerting authorities on Thursday night.


A major land, sea and air search was launched that night before it was stepped up on Friday.

Grave fears were held for Ms Nowak when there was again no sign of her on Saturday.

Image: Queensland Police

Ms Nowak is understood to have been carrying a small amount of food and water.

She was also able to send a text message before her phone went flat.

The 73-year-old was found shortly after 8am on Sunday after she stumbled onto a campsite with the campers notifying Police.

She was reunited with her husband a short time later before being airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition.