A four-wheel drive campervan has become bogged on a remote track in the South Australian outback as the heavy rain that has hammered many parts of the country continues to cause chaos for travellers.
Efforts are underway to rescue the family of four in the vehicle, which remains stranded about 150 kilometres north-east of Oodnadatta in the Simpson Desert.
Emergency supplies have been dropped to the family who are effectively trapped in their modified Mitsubishi Canter which is surrounded by flooded roads.
The family activated an emergency beacon and authorities were notified of their whereabouts yesterday morning.
Police say the two adults and two children are safe and well and in contact with the authorities. It may not be until early next week that they can be rescued.
“Due to severe wet weather, roads in the area are flooded and inaccessible for several days,” the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said. “The remoteness of the location is also hampering ground rescue efforts.”
The Perth family started travelling around Australia in their customised campervan in November last year.
They are not the only travellers to have run into trouble during recent heavy rains. A few days ago, a grey nomad couple had to escape through their caravan window as it was washed away by floodwaters.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Vince Rowlands told the ABC things would take a while to settle down.
“It is going to take a fair bit of time for some of the creeks to subside,” he told the ABC. “The ground’s going to be pretty wet, so there will be, I imagine, some issues.”
Oodnadatta Pink Roadhouse owner Peter Moore said while Oodnadatta received almost no rain, areas to the north had been inundated and it may ‘take a fortnight’ for floodwaters to recede.
“The only other way would be to airlift them out, but I think they’re going to sit it out,” he told the ABC. “We’ve become an island because every road around us is closed.”