Australia may have found its own Bear Grylls.
After falling from a waterfall and snapping his leg in two, Neil Parker forced himself to crawl in agony through scrub and bushland for two days to reach help, using nothing more than an impromptu splint.
The experienced hiker, who had been doing solo reconnaissance of a track for the Brisbane Bushwalkers club, spoke to Sunrise about his extraordinary story of survival.
"I lost my footing at the top of a waterfall and started to slide. I rested myself momentarily, but not enough to bring me to a complete stop," he told Kochie and Sam.
"Then I lost total control, momentum took over and down I went."
Neil crashed to the bottom, snapping his leg in two and fracturing his wrist. His phone also went flying, leaving him injured, alone and without a lifeline.
"I thought, the only person who is going to save me is me. It's going to take two or three days for anyone to realise I'm missing."
"I hadn't told anyone where I was, so they wouldn't know where to go looking for me."
Neil says the thought of not being in his two children's lives left him 'determined' to survive the ordeal.
Skills from seven years of volunteering with the SES came into sharp focus. He made a splint from his hiking stick and began to crawl to a clearing.
Lifting his lifeless leg was agony, but over two days he moved three kilometres before finally being spotted by rescuers and lifted into a helicopter.
Neil hopes others can learn from his mistakes and warns experienced hikers not to be 'over-confident'.
"The reality is it's easy to make a mistake when you're complacent or over-familiar. That's the reason why I became undone," he said.