Partially blind dog leads grandmother to girl who spent night lost in bush

A three-year-old girl who spent the night lost with the family dog in Queensland bushland has been reunited with her family.

Aurora was reported missing after wandering away from her family property near Old Stanthorpe Road, at Cherry Gully, south of Warwick at about 3pm on Friday. She had the family’s 17-year-old Blue Heeler Max with her.

Police and State Emergency Services immediately launched a massive land and air search, which resumed at first light on Saturday.

The girl's grandmother, Leisa Marie Bennett, found the pair at about 8am on the family property, about 2km from home.

Aurora reunited with family after getting lost in bushland near Warwick in Queensland. Source: Facebook/ Kelly Benston
The little girl had Max, a 17-year-old Blue Heeler, by her side throughout the night. Source: Facebook/ Kelly Benston

The child had only minor cuts and scratches from her ordeal.

Kelly Benston, Ms Bennett’s partner, told the ABC that Max the dog led the grandmother to Aurora even though he’s “deaf and partially blind”.

The three-year-old spent the night in the bush. Source: Facebook/ Kelly Benston
Aurora only suffered minor injuries. Source: 7 News

SES area controller Ian Phipps said it was a wonderful outcome.

"With the weather last night it's quite lucky she is well because it was ... cold and raining," he told ABC radio.

"She's a very hardy young lass to survive that without any ill effects and everyone, all the volunteers, are extremely happy."

Emergency services and volunteers at the scene. Source: 7 News
The pooch is partially blind and deaf. Source: Facebook/ Kelly Benston
The dog led Aurora's grandmother to the missing girl. Source: 7 News