The APT Group has today announced the planned closure of its Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge in the Northern Territory.
Built in 2007 in partnership with Ian and Lynn Conway, with whom APT has worked with for over 40 years, the Lodge offers a secluded retreat of luxury tented cabins situated on the couple’s Kings Creek Station, a fully operational cattle and camel station of 1,800 square kilometres.
APT Group director Robert McGeary said the decision to close the Lodge was difficult and had not been taken lightly, “Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge has been an important part of our portfolio in the Northern Territory for almost ten years. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Ian and Lynn, and also our terrific team at the property during this time.
“Built to be integrated into the NT Short Breaks program for APT, sadly it is no longer required after selling the program 3 years ago. APT has been actively looking for a buyer to continue with this wonderful experience at Kings Canyon, but have not been able to secure a sale. It is with regret that we announce our plans to close the Lodge at the end of this year,” he added.
The Lodge will close for the last time on 30 November 2016, after which time assets will be redeployed elsewhere.
“On behalf of my colleagues at APT I would like to personally thank all of our staff at the Lodge, past and present, for making it such a special place for our guests to stay. I would also like to extend thanks to Ian and Lynn Conway, our trusted partners, and also to our valued travel industry colleagues and guests for supporting the Lodge over the past decade. APT would like to acknowledge Tourism NT for their support over the years and commend them for the job they do in promoting the NT and opening up this region” said Robert McGeary.
While Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge will no longer feature as part of the APT Group portfolio, the Northern Territory will remain a major destination for the appropriate APT touring programs.