A mother and her young son are recovering in hospital after spending 10 days lost in rugged bushland in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Delirious, dehydrated and with their badly scratched legs bound up in reeds, Michelle Pittman, 40, and her son Dylan, nine, went missing while bushwalking in the Mount Royal National Park north of Singleton.
Family members shared missing posters on social media but a search of the national park was only launched after Ms Pittman's black four-wheel drive was discovered four days ago.
Emergency services tracked their movements through the national park with fresh footprints and grass tied around trees indicating the pair was still alive.
They reportedly used leaves to collect water and removed ticks and leeches from each other.
But after days without adequate food and water the mother and son had become delirious and reportedly removed their shoes. They'd wrapped reeds around their feet.
The mother and son found their way back to a roadway just after 1pm on Thursday where they were picked up by passing police.
They were taken to Singleton Hospital for treatment.