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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Exploring the Survey Track, Mt Beauty District

The Survey Track at Mt Beauty, about 350 km NE of Melbourne, was the original track used by surveyors and early construction workers on the Kiewa Hydro Scheme in the early 1930s.

About 4 km, it runs parallel to the Bogong High Plains Rd, from the end of Tawonga Crescent, opposite the Mt Beauty Golf Club, to Cranky Charlie's Corner (the start of the Big Hill Lookout Rd).

It is steep in parts, with a change in altitude from 390 m to 555 m at the top.

The lower section follows the perimeter of the Mt Beauty Golf Course, with beautiful views north to Mt Tawonga. Further on, the track passes through thick forest, winding around the edge of the valley, with glimpses of the Kiewa River East Branch far below.

There are outstanding views of the Bogong Massif along the higher section of the Track.

This interesting track is used by walkers and mountain bike riders, and our visit was on Saturday afternoon May 23 2009, starting at the Golf Course end.

Alternative return routes lead off Big Hill Lookout Rd, such as via Pole Track (500 m from High Plains Rd), or down a network of mountain bike tracks, all of which eventually reach the Mountain Bike staging point.

A leaflet, which includes a map, is available from the Mt Beauty Information Centre.

See the full set of
Photos of our visit.

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