A Canadian backpacker missing near Quilpie in remote south-west Queensland has been found safe and well.

The 22-year-old Canadian man became lost on Tuesday afternoon when he ran out of fuel while riding a quad bike on the town common.

Inspector Steve Kersley says volunteers from the Quilpie community helped with a land and air search over the past days.

He says the man spent two nights in near freezing conditions but was found 16 kilometres from the town.

"We are just making sure he is not suffering from hypothermia," he said.

"He has had a couple of very cold nights but fortunately he was given some advice by a police officer in Charleville over the phone when he had some phone reception and he followed that advice and he stayed where he was, lit a fire and stayed with his bike.

"We were lucky to see the bikes out of the air - one of the experienced mustering pilots managed to find him, so it was good."

Inspector Kersley has praised the Quilpie community for their help in the search.

"The local people whose generosity searching for this fellow is incredible," he said.

"It is not just the SES [State Emergency Service] - I mean the Quilpie community has really pulled together with volunteers as well as the SES, so it's good bush spirit."

 

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