Police said the girl had decided to stay at a friend's place overnight.
She was reported missing after not being seen since noon yesterday.
Feza Ngongo had been last seen walking outside the Woolworths supermarket at St Ives Shopping Centre in Goodna, west of Brisbane, about 1.30pm on Saturday.
Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Williams said Feza had walked 7km from her Goodna home to shop for her mother.
Feza lives with her mother and an 18-year-old brother who are political refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.