When you are looking to hit the road for the day, head towards Marysville and beyond. You’ll find yourself driving one of Victoria’s most picturesque roads along the Black Spur with plenty to see and do once you’re here.

Drive the Black Spur

Start your morning heading towards Marysville along the iconic Black Spur – 15km of some of Victoria’s best driving. You’ll cut through the lush landscapes of the Yarra Ranges and wind your way up the Great Dividing Range. Roll down your car windows, breath in some fresh mountain air and take in the spectacular valley views with fabulous tree ferns and towering mountain ash trees. If you’d like to break your drive, Fernshaw picnic area on the Watts River is the ideal spot to enjoy a packed morning tea.

Want to drive the Black Spur?

Explore Gallipoli Park and Marysville Main Street

Keep making your way up to Marysville and stop off at Gallipoli Park before you hit the main street. You’ll find yourself in the Reflective Garden on entry where there are gazebos and plenty of places to sit and relax. Here you’ll also see the New Life Sculpture, designed and produced by local artist Bruno Torfs as a symbol of new life in the community following the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. If you’re with kids, there’s a giant adventure playground where the kids can zip on the flying fox and find hidden dinosaur bones in the sand pit. It’s also only a short walk around the lake to the skate park, basketball court and BMX track. After you’ve explored the park, it’s only a quick walk to the main street for some lunch at one of Marysville’s great cafes or enjoy a hot meal at the pub.

Explore Gallipoli Park and Marysville Main Street.

Walk along the Cambarville Trails

After lunch, get back in the car for a leisurely drive along Woods Points Road towards Warburton. This road was originally part of the Yarra Track built in this early 1860s between Healesville and the Woods Point goldfields. Along the road 18kms from Marysville you’ll find Cambarville where you can discover the region’s gold and logging history. A perfect way to end your afternoon is walking through the Cambarville trails where Victoria’s tallest flowering trees live. This walk will see you pass by rare mature-aged mountain ash and the majestic ‘Big Tree’ that stands at 85m and has been towering above the forest floor for over 400 years. A deeper trek into the rainforest gully is where you’ll find Cora Lynn and Cumberland waterfalls, where you can take in the sweeping views of the Cumberland Valley from Sovereign View before making your way back home.

Walk along the Cambarville Trails.

Can’t wait to take it outside?

Can’t wait to take it outside? Get directions to every stop on this journey here.

Want to take it outside with your kids?

Visit our things to do page to see more ways you can take it outside on the road this weekend.