The Zavros family arrives in Adelaide after rescuing the Simpson Desert

A Perth family of four who spent five nights there South Australian the outback after their trucks were stuck have opened up from the “roller coaster” test.

The Zavros family touched today in Adelaide while spending their first night in civilization at Coober Pedy.

Stallion Zavros, wife Lindsey and children Zane and Zoe had to be hoisted yesterday by helicopter from Oodnadatta, in the north of the state.

From there they were flown to safety.

Zavros Family - Adelaide Airport.
The Zavros family hit Adelaide Airport this afternoon. (9 News)
The family’s RV is stuck in the mud more than 1,000 miles away.
The family’s RV is stuck in the mud more than 1,000 miles away. (9 News)

Speaking to Coober Pedy’s reporters this morning, Zavros said the family was “emotionally exhausted,” but otherwise okay.

“When the truck started to sink into the mud, I knew we were in trouble,” he said.

“Lindsey still had hope we could dig it out.”

The Zavros family spent their first night after being rescued in Coober Pedy.
The Zavros family spent their first night after being rescued in Coober Pedy. (9 News)
The family spent five days in the desert before being rescued yesterday. (9 News)
Ms Zavros said the first night was frightening when a wild storm hit the desert.

“It was the worst storm we’ve ever had.

“We thought the roof could explode.”

The humid weather that made their trucks clog turned into a full-blown storm.
The humid weather that made their trucks clog turned into a full-blown storm. (9 News)

The family had traveled around the country in a custom motorhome when the vehicle got stuck.

They had left Birdsville, Queensland, on Monday, November 8, to pass through a remote national park near the border of the Northern Territory.

Despite the ordeals, they said they would make more trips in the future.

The relief was visible on Lindsey's face as she stepped into the helicopter with her son.
The relief was visible on Lindsey’s face as she stepped into the helicopter with her son. (with)
Stallion Zavros, wife Lindsey and children Zane and Zoe are stuck in the Simpson Desert
Stallion Zavros, wife Lindsey and children Zane and Zoe got stuck in the Simpson Desert when their custom motorhomes got stuck. (9 News)
Stallion Zavros, wife Lindsey and children Zane and Zoe are stuck in the Simpson Desert
The family of four has been traveling in Australia since last year. (9 News)

A maritime security plane sent to Melbourne took four hours to find the family and drop the treatment package after they activated the emergency lighthouse.

The package included an essential, such as a satellite phone for calling home.

After activating the emergency lighthouse, it took four hours for the maritime security plane sent to Melbourne to find the family and drop the treatment package.
The family was given a treatment package after they had activated the Emergency Flash. (9 News)

It was originally believed that the rescue could take up to two weeks while police waited to clear the flooded roads.

Yesterday morning, however, South Australian police sent a helicopter to pick up the Zavros family before temperatures rise in the area.

The helicopter was sent to the family site as the temperature rose.
The helicopter was sent to the family site as the temperature rose. (with)
Drinks and ice cubes were given to the family upon their arrival at Coober Pedy.
Drinks and ice cubes were given to the family upon their arrival at Coober Pedy. (9 News)

The long journey to pick up the young family began at about 8 a.m. when the helicopter departed from Adelaide Airport.

It had to make quick fuel stops in Port Augusta and two other places before it arrived at the Zavros family site near the Northern Territory border.

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From there, the family was winched to safety and taken to Coober Pedy, where they were given cold drinks and ice cubes.

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