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Cicada Lodge

Cicada Lodge. Katherine Gorge,Nitmiluk National Park,Northern Territory,Australia,Darwin Photographer,Peter Eve

Photo: Peter Eve/Courtesy of Cicada Lodge

Gorge Rd
32 km E of Katherine
Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, 0851, Australia
TEL: 61-8-8971-0877
The 500 remaining Jawoyn Aborigines in the Northern Territory make up one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures, and now, with the opening of Cicada Lodge, they’re also Australia’s most anticipated new hoteliers. Their goal is twofold: put Nitmiluk Gorge—with its carved canyons of ancient sandstone towering over the Katherine River—on the traveler’s map, and use the lodge as a means of preserving Jawoyn heritage. Here, 18 airy rooms in muted shades of green and brown incorporate Aboriginal art. If you are drawn to high-octane pursuits (four-wheel-drive touring, say), you’ve found your place. But there are plenty of less demanding activities, including swimming under pristine waterfalls and helicoptering to sacred rock-art sites that date back 20,000 years—all under the guidance of indigenous locals.

Room to Book:

Suites 9 and 10  share a dress circle position above the river and have an interconecting door to create two king-size suites with two luxury bathrooms and two private balconies.

Insider Tip:

A two-night package includes accommodation, breakfasts, courtesy bar, and sunset drinks and canapes at the lodge, plus the dramatic dinner cruise on Nitmiluk Gorge.


Open / Closes
  • Adults Only
  • Breakfast Included
  • Parking Available
  • Safari Lodge

Number of Rooms: 18


Year Opened: 2013


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