No bushwalking experience required. Formed track with some obstacles, short steep hills and occasional steps. Sign posted. The Survey Track is a shared walking and mountain bike track that commences opposite the Mount Beauty Golf Course Club House in Tawonga Crescent. Park at the top of Tawonga Crescent or at the Big Hill Mountain Bike Park, if doing the full loop that includes the Pole Track.
The Survey Track is the original route to Bogong Village and provides views over the east branch of the Kiewa River as it winds upwards, through dry forest and areas of wildflowers to a hairpin turn on the Bogong High Plains Road called ‘Cranky Charlie’. A couple of fire trails have to be crossed, look for the restart of the track on the other side.
On reaching Cranky Charlie either return the way you came, or cross the Bogong High Plains Road and walk up West Kiewa Road for approximately 500m to where the Pole Track branches off to the right. Pass through the gate and descend back down to Mount Beauty to a second gate then join the Aqueduct. Track to return to the Big Hill Mountain Bike Park.
This return route offers great views over Mount Beauty and the Kiewa Valley. The track may also be done in reverse, along the Pole Track from the Big Hill Mountain Bike Park, turning around when you have had enough. This scenic route is a shorter alternative to the full loop.