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Trevor Salvado is not the kind of person you'd expect to get lost in the bush.

He's an experienced hiker who loves the outdoors and has been involved with search and rescue operations.

But in 2019, Mr Salvado and his wife Jacinta Bohan were on a hike in Victoria's Mount Buffalo National Park when things went very wrong.

"We were walking on the track and the bush was just getting thicker and thicker … And then we walked into a position where we couldn't really see any more [track] markers," he tells ABC RN's Sunday Extra.

"And with the scrub thickening up, we actually weren't quite sure which direction we'd come from."

The couple stopped and spent five minutes discussing, each convinced they had come from a different direction.

"Then we just came to the conclusion, OK, we're lost. What do we need to do now?

Caro Ryan, Great Walks contributor and deputy unit commander with the NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue team says that just about anyone can get lost in the bush.

"We may have a month or two months with no [search and rescue] jobs for our unit. And then we might have three in a week," she told the ABC.

Caro says people get lost year-round, with the most common locations being popular national parks, such as the Blue Mountains and Kosciuszko National Parks in NSW and the Grampians in Victoria.

Caro says the most crucial decisions around bush safety are actually made before setting off.

"One of the key things is choosing a hike that's within your capabilities. Try and be realistic about your fitness level and experience. And really understand what hills or mountains may be part of it," she says.

Read the full story here.

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