Police in north Queensland have arrested a man for growing cannabis after a wrong turn thanks to GPS directions.

A GPS has led police on a lucky detour in north Queensland where they stumbled upon a massive cannabis crop hidden in bushland.

Two officers were conducting a routine check at a rural property at Cape Cleveland, near Townsville, on Sunday morning when their GPS led them down a well-worn bush track instead of the driveway.

Stuart police officer-in-charge acting Senior Sergeant Jayson Cooke said the pair then spotted a “bright green shrub” that seemed out of place among the native vegetation.

“Their suspicions were raised and then confirmed when they found themselves a cannabis plant growing with metal wire mesh surrounding it,” Sen-Sgt Cooke told AAP.

The officers then went on to find 59 plants, some dried cannabis in an nearby property, drug paraphernalia and an air rifle.

It led to a man, 50, being charged with producing and possessing dangerous drugs, possessing drug paraphernalia and weapons offences.

Sen Sgt Cooke said the incident was not as unusual as perhaps first thought.

“Police often turn up at houses to find plants growing in garden beds,” he said.

“It happens more frequently than we would like.”

The offender probably brazenly assumed police would never venture down the isolated track, Sen Sgt Cooke said.

“But anywhere, anytime and for any reason, police could turn up,” he said.