The Black Spur
is a road between the towns of Healesville
- Length (km): 30
- Corner Ratio: 80%
- Corner Speeds: 60-120 km/h
- Legal Speed Limit: 80 km/h
- Traffic (cars/min): 2-5
- Bumpiness: Smooth
- Bitumen Grip: Very grippy
- Special Notes: Rainforest means often damp and bark on road in winter
The Black Spur is located about 60 km ENE from Melbourne
on the Maroondah
Hwy between Healesville and Marysville. To reach the Black Spur, travel along the Eastern Arterial to the end. Turn right at Springvale Road and then left onto the Maroondah Hwy (Whitehorse Road) and follow until you arrive at Healesville. Alternatively travel through Cardinia Reservoir - Emerald - Yarra Junction - Warburton.
See map of Black Spur
at Google Maps.
Description of road
The road surface is excellent after the recent (as of August 2006) resurfacing with smooth hot-mix and recent (as of 2006) widening. It is twisty with a series of hairpin turns punctuated by short straights. A few corners are prone to dampness due to the ferny rainforest surroundings. Scenery is beautiful tall trees and ferns typical of temperate rainforest.
The Black Spur is a popular road for motorcyclists, it also has been reported to Victoria Police
that the road attracts racers and as a result a number of incidents and deaths have been recorded.
In March 2008, the Victorian state government has allocated $547,000 to improve motorcycle safety on the Black Spur. Stage 1 of the works has involved reducing the speed limit from 100 km/h to 80 km/h, effective Thursday 29 May 2008.