A hiker who set off alone for a bushwalk in central Queensland has been found.

The 36-year-old started a solo day trek at Mount Dalrymple on Tuesday morning, west of Mackay and police were told at 10.45pm (AEST) that he'd failed to return.

A search began at first light and RACQ Rescue helicopter says the man was found in the Mount Dalrymple area at 9.30am on Wednesday.