Falls Creek: Frying Pan spur the easier way

Date(s) - 20 Mar 2021


  • Grade 3 Medium
  • Leader: Eileen Clark
  • Phone: 0412042195
  • Participant numbers:8
  • Final booking date: Wednesday 17 March

The top of Frying Pan spur provides extensive views over the northern end of Falls Creek and the top of the Kiewa Valley, and this route avoids steep and rough tracks up and down. We begin at Howmans Gap and take Road 24 to the top of Mackay Portal, the huge tunnel carrying water from the dam down to Mackay power station. From there, we continue up the road almost to the Eagle chair lift, where we turn off and follow a route cross-country for about 1.5 km to the highest point at the top of the spur, where we will probably have lunch. Then we return to the road and take one of the easier tracks down into Falls Creek village, and from there follow the delightful Packhorse Track past Falls Creek Falls back to Howmans Gap. Most of this walk is on 4WD or other good tracks, the ascents are steady rather than steep, and there is plenty to see along the way. Total distance is about 20 km.