Mt Nebo and South D'Aguilar National Park is full of interconnecting forest and fire trails. Westridge Break Loop is a great hiking option for people looking for something to push themselves a little bit with this 10 km hike that includes Dundas Road and Bush Camp.
South D'Aguilar National Park is a great place for walking and exploring because of the many trails. These can be smooth and not overly steep forest trails, and the rougher and often much steeper fire trails and breaks. There is not a lot of signage but many of these trails are easily found on Google Maps with the main ones also being on the South D'Aguilar Forest Trail Map.
The following hike that I will describe is 10.3 kms in length and starts at Westridge Outlook as there is plenty of parking here and a nice lookout. You can also park at the start of Westridge Break or at Dundas Road Waste Transfer Station. If you hike in an anticlockwise direction, the toughest part of the hike is near the beginning, and if you reverse the directions here, the toughest part will be near the end.
Park at Westridge Outlook for great views and the fact there is plenty of off street parking
If you park at Westridge Outlook, you need to walk a short distance down the wide shoulders of Mt Nebo Road to the start of the hike. You can't miss it as it is the first trail you see on the side of the road and once you head in through the gate, you will see a sign saying Westridge Break.
The track starts to head down the ridge fairly steeply. It is highly recommended that you take hiking poles, but you can often find fallen branches to use as a walking stick. This has to be the longest steep section that I have seen in this area of the national park and of course, once you have headed down, you need to head back up again.
When heading down the ridge, hiking poles are highly recommended
Once at the bottom the shortest, but not the easiest, way back up is Side Break. This is a long steep section that is a little less steep than the way you came down. A slightly longer but a little less steep option is at the end of the Westridge Break to continue straight ahead on England Creek (Right Branch) Road, and then walk to Goodes Road by Goodes Break.
Dundas Road takes you to the Dundas Road Waste Transfer Station. One highlight here is Treasure Island, a little stall where people leave items that may be useful to other people. I was tempted to pick up some of the old books here. Other people leave their excess fruit and vegetables, so we were able to refresh ourselves with some locally grown mandarins for free.
Treasure Island at the Dundas Road Waste Transfer Station is a great place to pick up pre-loved items
The last part of the trail is the rough and ready Horse Trail that links Dundas Road back to the start of Westridge Break. If you parked up at Westridge Outlook you will need to also walk back up along the road.
Heading up the rough horse trail back to the start of the walk
After the hike, there are a number of great cafes on Mt Nebo or further up at Mt Glorious, such as the Elm Haus Cafe which has meals, snacks, cakes, coffee and smoothies in an eclectic cafe space with a shady garden environment.