The Black Spur starts at Healesville and ends at Narbethong, weaving 30 kilometres through mountain ash rainforest. You don’t even need to wind down the windows to take in the encompassing smell of the bush.
About half way along the spur is the Fernshaw Picnic Area. When we were researching this place, we initially decided that it was just another picnic area and not to include it, but then we dug further and found that this used to be the main street of a town called Fernshaw.
The Black Spur is such an impressive road with tight corners making it great fun to drive on (and a bit sickening for the passengers). But with so many people coming here to enjoy the road, it can make it quite dangerous - particularly with motorcyclists. In the five years from 1997 to 2002, there were 99 crashes and five fatalities, so make sure you stick to the speed limit and drive to the conditions.
See the full story in the new series of Sightsee TV - beginning 1st March 2016 on your local community TV station.
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