“I thought ‘oh my god, my camera gear, it’s gonna go’.
“It was so hard that I actually heard the metal hitting my bone and bouncing off, and just going, whack, do it again.
“I thought I was going to get killed, that’s all the thoughts in my mind, he’s out to kill me.”
Mrs Thorning used her right arm, as well as her gear, to try and protect herself. Bushwalkers nearby heard her screams and went to help.
The attacker got in what may have been a faded red Subaru Impreza, and sped off. Mrs Thorning faces months of recovery, and has been forced to cancel work.
Police are searching for witnesses who may have seen the attacker and the car. He’s described as between 35-45 years old and 180 centimetres tall.
He had an Australian accent and was unshaven and wearing khaki coloured pants.
Anyone who saw a red car similar to a Subaru Impreza driving in the area or have dash-cam footage of the vehicle is also asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online.