A young girl has managed to fend off a man who allegedly tried to pull her into an SUV as she walked along a Brisbane footpath.

Police say a silver vehicle stopped near the 14-year-old as she walked along Quarry Road in the eastern suburb of Birkdale on Thursday morning.

The male driver opened a back door before allegedly grabbing the girl's arm and demanding she get in.

The girl hit the man in the face before running away.

The man is described as Caucasian, aged about 30, with a heavy build, brown short hair and a short beard.

He was driving an older-style silver SUV with black roof racks.

AAP