EMERGENCY services searched for a lost bush walker in the Grampians for almost nine hours at the weekend.
Halls Gap Sergeant Paul Russell said a Melbourne woman, 38, called police around 7.15pm on Saturday to report she was lost.
She had been walking alone through the Mt Difficult range.
“She went walking from Beehive Falls up to Briggs Bluff,” Sgt Russell said.
Police started searching the Beehive Falls area, where the woman thought she had been.
“The police wing were called in around 11pm,” Sgt Russell said.
Police search and rescue specialists from Melbourne were on their way when the air crew spotted the woman near Tilwinda Falls about 12.30am on Sunday.
“She was on the same mountain range, but had just taken the wrong track down,” Sgt Russell said.
The woman was uninjured.
It was another three-and-a-half hours before she was walked out of the mountain ranges with emergency services to the nearby Troopers Creek campground.
Sgt Russell urged walkers to take a map with them and not to walk alone.
“Wear suitable clothing and footwear, and let somebody know exactly where you’re going,” he said.