Police say two teenagers have been recaptured after escaping overnight from a new youth boot camp at Kuranda, west of Cairns in far north Queensland.

Police say staff at the Kuranda facility operated by Safe Pathways were threatened with a knife last night by two teenagers serving court orders.

It is alleged a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl demanded car keys and attempted to steal a car before absconding into the rainforest.

It is believed they broke into a home and threatened an occupant before being taken into custody by police at Kuranda around 4:00am (AEST).

Queensland courts have had the power to sentence young offenders to boot camp orders instead of detention since the end of January.

Kuranda residents have been fighting to have the facility moved.

Barron River MP Michael Trout says he is aware of the matter and is attending a briefing with Cairns MP Gavin King this morning.