The Zavros family are stranded in SA’s Simpson Desert due to heavy rain


Orios Zavros, his wife and two children were travelling across Australia on the trip of a lifetime when they found themselves stranded in South Australia’s Simpson Desert a few days ago.

Their campervan became bogged due to heavy rain.

According to, the shocking turn of events came just days after the family shared a post to their Instagram account declaring they had made it to Birdsville in Queensland.

“Bring on the Simpson Desert,” they wrote, alongside a picture of their van.

News reports say the travellers set off their emergency beacon about 10am on Friday after becoming stuck in their modified Mitsubishi Canter about 150 kilometres northwest of Oodnadatta in South Australia’s Simpson Desert.

The beacon led to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) sending a plane from Melbourne’s Essendon Airport to deliver essential supplies to the Perth family. Food, water, DVDs, sweets and nappies were included in the delivery.

“They are safe and well and in contact with the police,” SA Police said in a statement.

Orios Zavros, his wife and two children. Photo: Instagram.

The AMSA and SA Police are coordinating a rescue effort which will begin when weather conditions improve in the coming days.

Several family and friends have taken to social media to wish the family well and share their confidence the family will make it out safely.

Orios’ mum, Theo, and dad, Lagis Zavros, spoke with the family on ‘a very crackly satellite phone’ on Sunday. They were hugely relieved to find the family is coping well with their predicament. 





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