Sydney family reunited with their dog after she became lost in the Queensland outback for eight days

Incredible moment dog who vanished in the Australian outback EIGHT YEARS ago is finally reunited with its owners

  • The Inskip family went on a holiday to outback QLD with their boxer, Maggie
  • They stopped at the town of Winton when their dog fled into the wilderness
  • Locals from Winton helped the Inskips. They reported sightings of the dog
  • The Sydney family placed down scented clothing and food to attract Maggie 
  • Maggie was reunited with her owners after becoming lost for eight days 

A dog has been reunited with her family after becoming lost in the Australian outback for eight days, with the heartwarming moment captured on camera.

Deborah and Geoff Inskip visited the rural town of Winton in central west Queensland as part of their outback holiday with their beloved boxer, Maggie.

But while the Sydney family were viewing a tourist attraction, Maggie became detached from her collar and abruptly fled from her owners into the wilderness.

The heartwarming moment of Maggie the boxer being reunited with her owners after she was lost in the Australian outback for eight days was captured on camera

The heartwarming moment of Maggie the boxer being reunited with her owners after she was lost in the Australian outback for eight days was captured on camera

The Inskips visited the town of Winton in Queensland's central west as part of their family holiday when Maggie became detached from her collar and fled

The Inskips visited the town of Winton in Queensland’s central west as part of their family holiday when Maggie became detached from her collar and fled

The Inskips recalled how Maggie ran towards a creek before she completely vanished. 

‘With the recent rain we were sinking knee deep into mud, it was so difficult to find her,’ Ms Inskip told the ABC.

‘I gave up hope that she had got out of that creek.’

A Facebook page was set up the following day in a desperate bid to find the family’s dog.

‘My name is Deb and my husband Geoff (and I) are travelling from Sydney in our caravan with our beautiful girl Maggie, was to be a trip of a lifetime,’ Ms Inskip wrote in a post with a picture of Maggie attached.

‘We cannot go home without her.’  

Locals from Winton, which has a population of 1,000, tried to help the Inskips.

They called in with reported sightings of Maggie and her paw prints in the outback.

A Facebook page was set up in a desperate bid to find Maggie (pictured). The Inskips gave updates on the page of sightings, paw prints and information about their dog before she was found

A Facebook page was set up in a desperate bid to find Maggie (pictured). The Inskips gave updates on the page of sightings, paw prints and information about their dog before she was found

Local residents from Winton called in with reported sightings of the beloved boxer in the surrounding area

Local residents from Winton called in with reported sightings of the beloved boxer in the surrounding area

The family put down their scented clothes and left food on the ground to attract Maggie.

They even poured flour on the ground in the hope she’d walk over it and set up cameras provided by local police.

The Inskips were prepared to stay in Winton for the entire month to get their boxer back but they came in luck on day eight of the search when prints were discovered close to the town’s airport.

Maggie was then spotted by residents, prompting her owners to make a quick dash to the airport.

They saw Maggie running through the bush close by and called out to her.

Ms Inskip was then recorded embracing the beloved dog as she ran into her arms. 

Maggie was reunited with her owners after being lost for eight days. The Inskips thanked the Winton community for their help in a post to social media

Maggie was reunited with her owners after being lost for eight days. The Inskips thanked the Winton community for their help in a post to social media

The family announced they had found the dog and thanked the local community for their help.

‘We are so happy. Maggie has been found after 8 days in (the) Queensland outback,’ Ms Inskip said.

‘We have to thank the amazing, caring community of Winton that went above and beyond to support us.’

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