The Black Spur is a stunning drive that weaves through the lush forest landscapes of the Yarra Ranges, linking the Yarra Valley with the mountain areas around Marysville. Often called Victoria’s most beautiful road trip, the two lane road twists and turns though giant Mountain Ash and fern gullies and consists of some hairpin turns and straight short sections. Roll down the windows and experience fresh crisp air.
The Black Spur is a bucket list drive for many visitors and is a true immersion in the Australian landscape. Cars and motorbikes equally enjoy this drive and weekends can be a busy time.
The Black Spur starts on the east side of Healesville and continues through to Narbethong. A pretty destination for those travelling on is the township of Marysville.
Keep an eye out for wildlife – Lyrebirds, kangaroos and other natives who call this forest their home.
Distance: 56 km one way from Lilydale to Marysville (via B 360 and C512) – The Black Spur is a 30 km section within this route
Time: around approx 1 hour one way.
Terrain: sealed roads, winding in places, both uphill and downhill, roadside stops, hairpin turns and some damp places in lower lying areas.
Note: Mobile phone reception may be intermittent
Travel advice: See drive on Google Maps
Plan and book ahead for a smooth trip.