In 1965 Ivan and Joy Spargo moved their family from the Melbourne suburbs to Falls Creek to start a new life. They purchased the leasehold where Halley’s Lodge is today and over the next few years Ivan and his son’s Rob & Van built the Spargo Lodge. The lodge began trading in 1967 as a dorm style chalet until 1987 when it was sold to another local family.
Rob Spargo met his wife Blanche in 1967 when she was holidaying in Falls Creek. After they married the couple purchased the site where the Falls Creek Hotel is today. The steep gradient of the site was a challenge to build on but was the best location available in the village. In 1970 Robs sister Leonie and her husband Glenn Docking joined the business and they started operating in 1972.
The family was instrumental in the growth of the Falls Creek community and helped to build the Falls Creek Primary School and create Falls Creek Search & Rescue (now SES). Rob was also involved in Ski Victoria and has served as a member the Chamber and Resort Management Board. Robs eldest daughter Lisa competed with the Australian Ski Team from 1985 to 1989 and worked as a ski instructor for another 5 years.
In 2010 Lisa and her husband Damien Allport joined the family business and Rob & Blanche retired to their home in Tawonga South in 2014 and Leonie & Glenn retired to Melbourne in 2017.
Lisa & Damien’s two boys attended the Falls Creek Primary School, Falls Creek Academy and Race Club are now the fourth generation of the family enjoying the Falls Creek lifestyle.
With a passion for snow and all the Falls Creek community has to offer the family is committed to continuing the Hotel traditions long into the future.