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Qld girl joyrides 500km in 'stolen' car

A 15-year-old runaway girl who took two friends on a 500-kilometre joy ride in a stolen four-wheel drive from Queensland into NSW has been cautioned.

The teenage driver and her friends, aged 12 and 13, were more than half way into their 850km journey to Sydney in the car, which belonged to the 13-year-old's family.

Their road trip ended at a service station in Taree South about 4pm on Monday after local police noticed the vehicle, which had been reported stolen from the Gold Coast earlier that day.

One of the girls' relatives says she is shocked the trio went unnoticed for so long.

"What's more alarming to me is not just that the car was stolen, it's that they weren't stopped," the auntie, who was not named, told Seven News.

Acting Inspector Ben Atkinson said the car hadn't been involved in any crashes.

"(They were) apparent runaways, although they weren't reported as missing people," he told AAP on Tuesday.

The girls were taken into the care of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.

"The initial concern is for their welfare because of their ages," Insp Atkinson said.

However the 15-year-old driver was cautioned under the Young Offender's Act, he said.

The incident follows a similar case last month involving a 12-year-old boy who drove about 1300km across NSW on his way to Perth.

He set off from a home near Port Macquarie and was only stopped at Broken Hill when police noticed the car's bumper dragging on the ground.

© AAP 2017

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