Hugh Jackman has praised the paparazzi for helping him find his son after the youngster went missing during a family outing at a beach.

The Australian actor lost track of Oscar during a day out at Sydney's Bronte Beach and immediately flew into a panic.

Jackman was surrounded by photographers while he was looking for his son, but the snappers made themselves useful and one eventually located the youngster for the X-Men star.

Jackman tells the Associated Press, "Finally this guy goes, 'Hugh, he's in the tree!' I've never been so happy to have paparazzi follow me. I said: 'Whatever you need.'"