'I can see you': Woman hunted by attacker as she hid in bush

A terrified woman who was punched in the face by a stranger hid in bushland as the offender hunted for her on the Sunshine Coast.

Police are still searching for the man, who grabbed the 49-year-old while she was walking in the Pelican Waters Nature Reserve in Caloundra on Saturday.

When she punched him in a bid to get away, he hit her in the face.

The woman managed to flee into bushland and used her phone to call for help as the man searched for her.

“He basically called out to her while she was hiding, just saying ‘I can see you, I can see you’ in an obvious attempt to make her move because he couldn’t see her,” Detective Senior Constable Jonathan McBride has told AAP.

“We’ve no idea what his intention or motivation was at this stage.”

The area where the woman hid inside the Pelican Waters Nature Reserve in Caloundra. Source: Queensland Police

The woman had called her husband, who was at their nearby home, but by the time he arrived the man had fled.

The victim told police she was walking on a bush track when she saw the man sitting on a black pushbike before the incident.

He approached her from behind before attacking her, leaving her with bruises to her face and arm.

Detective Senior Constable McBride said the woman had been left badly shaken by the ordeal.

The offender is described as being in his late 20s to early 30s, about 175cm tall, with a medium build and darkish complexion.

He had a distinctive haircut – dark curls on top but cut short on both sides at the back.

Since appealing for information on Sunday, Detective Senior Constable McBride said one woman had reported seeing a man who matched the description at the reserve earlier last week.

“We don’t know if that’s the same person but certainly if it is,’I can see you they may have been seen previously,” he said.