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Black Spur

Travel through the breathtaking landscape of the Yarra Ranges by taking the popular Black Spur Drive.

Known for its stony pathways, towering trees and dense bushlands; the Black Spur is considered to be one of the best scenic drives in Victoria.

Black Spur Drive & Road Map, Inn & Caravan Park Victoria

The Black Spur drive links the Yarra Valley to Marysville and passes between Healesville with Narbethong on the Maroondah Highway. The total driving distance is 27.9 km and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Famous for its unique scenery, the Black Spur Drive is bordered by immense mountain ash trees and green ferns. A windy road, there are many tight corners and hairpin turns, so drivers must ensure they obey the signage and speed limits when travelling through this area.

For those wanting to take a walk through the magnificent forest, check out the walking trails near the Donnelly Weir Picnic Area including:
Condons Track: Distance: 8 km / Time: 3.5 hours, one way / Grade: Difficult. This walk is for experienced bushwalkers and is very steep.
Mt St Leonard Track: Distance: 8km / 3 hours, one way / Grade: Moderate. This walk passes through eucalypt forest and gives magnificent views of the Yarra Valley from the summit of Mt. St. Leonard.

If coming for a picnic, then check out Dom Dom Saddle Picnic Area which has several picnic tables. So bring a cold lunch and stop and enjoy the scenery along the Black Spur.

If looking for somewhere to stop for lunch or a snack, then check out the Black Spur Inn which is located on the Maroondah Highway, 21.6kms north/east of Healesville. This hotel has accommodation, a restaurant and bar on site. If you want to camp along the Black Spur, then try caravan park located along the Maroondah Highway which has campsites and cabins.


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    • Hi Ross,

      I have scoured the internet and although i did see some VICroads notices on planned roadworks, was there any event you might be referring to or does those dates just happen to coincide with you your travel?

      First off, it appears that there was some tree removal last week that is also planned for this Tuesday. Please refer to https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/newsmedia/2019/black-spur-closure-22-24-october, where it states “Maroondah Highway (Black Spur) will be closed for emergency tree removal works between 7am-5pm on Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24 and Tuesday 29 October 2019.

      To keep the community safe, we need to remove 12 trees that have been identified by an arborist as being at risk of falling. The road needs to be closed as it requires heavy machinery to safely remove the trees.

      The road will be closed in both directions between Narbethong and Healesville. Electronic variable message signs will be in place along Maroondah Highway and surrounding roads to advise drivers of the road closure and alternate routes.

      The recommended detour route is via the Melba Highway to Yea, the Goulburn Valley Highway and Maroondah Highway to Alexandra, then down to Narbethong. This detour route is 138km long and the travel time is approximately 100 minutes.”

      Now that part shouldn’t have any impact if you are travelling next Friday and Saturday, but there is also an alert located at http://alerts.vicroads.vic.gov.au/incidents/3940052, where it mentions there is “Road Maintenance Works Lanes closed outbound

      Road Maintenance Works activities occurring between 22/10/2019 and 08/11/2019 during the following times: Weekdays 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Weekends 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. An altered speed limit during operation will be 40 and the traffic delay is expected to be 0 to 5 min.”

      So the good news is that you should still be able to travel on your planned dates, although there might just be a slight delay if you are driving between 9:30am and 3:30pm

      Hope this helps.

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