Jacinta Bohan and Trevor Salvado, who were missing for four days after not returning from a hike at Mount Buffalo, survived off a packed lunch and rations during the ordeal.
Speaking outside Wangaratta Hospital, where they had been assessed after walking out of the bush earlier on Tuesday, Ms Bohan said they were confident they would be found.
"We basically got lost, really, that was all that happened and then we stayed in one spot for four nights," she said.
"The track disappeared or we weren’t good at following the track. We think we followed an animal track.
"We could hear the choppers, we could hear different things, we were in a good spot. We were in a safe spot and I really believed we would get found.
"That’s probably what we kept thinking about that people were probably really worried we were injured, but we weren’t, it wasn’t great but we were very comfortable."
After spending four nights in the one spot, Ms Bohan and Mr Salvado said they knew they had to act and were prepared to walk to Nug Nug if needed.
Luckily the pair came across a busload of TAFE people who were preparing to canoe in the region.
"Where we were staying... we could hear speedboats and there were campers down below us and there were cows and dogs and there were lights as well," Mr Salvado said.
"We knew we weren’t far from help but we had about a 250-foot drop in front of us so it took a few days for us to look at it to work out if we could get down."
Mr Salvado said it was great to reunite with their three children and they felt 'terrific'.
Ms Bohan said they must have gone off track two to three hours into their hike, but apart from some bramble scratches they were uninjured.
The pair have vowed to continue enjoying hiking and the great outdoors, despite their family having drawn up a list of things they're no longer allowed to do.
Victoria Police Inspector Kerrie Hicks said it was wonderful for police to be able to deliver such good news.
"I could not be more proud," she said of the volunteers and emergency services.
The family of missing hiker Jacinta Bohan have tearfully thanked rescuers who spent days searching for Ms Bohan and her partner Trevor Salvado after they went missing in Mt Buffalo.
Ms Bohan's sister Anne Ditchfield said the family still weren't sure what had happened but were 'ecstatic' the pair had been located.
"It's a fantastic result, we're just elated, relieved," she said.
"Cindy and Trevor's three children are at the hospital with their family now."
Ms Ditchfield said Cindy was 'very strong' and both were physically fine but being checked out by hospital staff.
"They walked out," she said.
"Cindy refused to get in the ambulance, that's Cindy for you, she just wanted to go straight to her kids."
Ms Bohan's niece, Deb Bohan, said the family still don't know what happened.
"Our first question is 'what have you been doing?'," she said.
Ms Ditchfield thanked all the rescuers involved in the search for their dedication and said it was a relief Jacinta and Trevor had been found.
"We're all exhausted but we're fine," she said.
"It was hard waking up today, that was the hardest day for me to wake up."
Victoria police have confirmed missing hikers Trevor Salvado and Jacinta Bohan have been located safe and well at Buffalo River today.
The pair were located by a kayaker about 11:10am near Buffalo River Road.
The 60-year-old man and 58-year-old woman were last seen by friends at a Cherry Lane caravan park in Bright on 8 March.
The pair were expected to return from a bushwalk at Reservoir Track on Mount Buffalo about 12.30pm on March 8 but did not return.
Their car was located near Reservoir Track on Mount Buffalo on Saturday (9 March).
They will both be taken to hospital for observation.
Victoria Police would like to thank all emergency management partners, members of the public and the media for their ongoing support during this search.
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