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Nitmiluk National Park – Cicada Lodge


  • Air-conditioning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Minibar
  • TV
  • Swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Concierge

Overview – Cicada Lodge

A sophisticated eco-friendly property inside Nitmiluk National Park, Cicada Lodge is a wonderful base from which to explore the chasms, rivers and waterfalls scattered across the ancient sandstone landscape.

Fully indigenous owned and managed, the architecturally splendid Cicada Lodge is nestled in native bush and set on an escarpment overlooking age-old Jawoyn traditional lands. Nitmiluk National Park, which surrounds the property, is dotted with rust-coloured sandstone gullies inhabited by verdant endemic vegetation and criss-crossed by sparking waterways. Translated to mean “the place of cicada dreaming”, Nitmiluk’s crowning glory is the Katherine Gorge, which is really a succession of gorges punctuated by rapids and cascades.

There are 18 generously sized, contemporary rooms at Cicada Lodge, all air-conditioned but with full-length sliding glass doors to let in the fresh air, as well as all the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush. Vibrant indigenous artworks adorn the minimalist chocolate, white and tan interiors, and the gleaming ensuite bathrooms feature rain showers, quality bathrobes and delicate toiletries. One of the few luxury pioneers in the region, your pampering at this property begins as soon as you check in and are handed a glass of chilled champagne.

Stroll along the raised boardwalks that link your room to the low glass-and-steel main lodge. Drab greens and dusty greys help all man-made structures blend into nature, and from the number of wild kangaroos, wallabies and birds that loiter about the place, it appears the camouflage is effective. Within the central complex, you will find a beautiful outdoor pool and licensed restaurant. Dining is an experience at Cicada Lodge, with a fresh menu featuring unique dishes created from seasonal local ingredients. Sunset drinks and tasty canapés are also served every evening on the expansive timber pool deck.

Popular activities include helicopter drop-offs at secret waterfalls, downriver canoeing, visits to remote rock art sites and flight-seeing – the best way to view the wildlife and stunning topography of Nitmiluk and neighbouring Kakadu National Park. All tours have a cultural aspect, so visitors can learn about the stories and traditions of the Jawoyn people which are inextricably tied to this timeless land.

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Cicada Lodge

Rooms – Cicada Lodge

Rooms are cool, modern sanctuaries – very clean and spare – with full length glass doors leading out onto a private timber veranda. Wi-Fi is free and there are complimentary in-house movies, satellite channels as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Capacity: 2 persons

Cicada Lodge
Cicada Lodge

Facilities – Cicada Lodge

  • 18 rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Furnished sun deck
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Parking
Cicada Lodge

Activities – Cicada Lodge (extra cost)

  • Canoeing
  • Flightseeing
  • Dawn or sunset gorge cruises
  • Gorge guided explorations
  • Adventure Swim (helicopter ride plus waterfall swim)
  • Jawoyn cultural experience with rock art interpretation
Cicada Lodge

Cicada Lodge

Cicada Lodge

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Getting There

Around 300km south of Darwin or 32km from Katherine town centre, Cicada Lodge is remote yet relatively easy to get to. Commercial flights operate between Darwin and Katherine several times a week. The property also conveniently offers airport transfers from the terminal to its front door.

Combine With

No trip to the Northern Territory is complete without seeing the icons of the Red Centre. For more great wildlife experiences, consider a luxury bush camp in the Mary River wetlands such as Bamurru Plains or Wildman Wilderness Lodge.

  • A pioneer in Northern Territory bush luxury
  • 100% indigenous owned and operated
  • A distinctive, contemporary lodge
  • Nitmiluk National Park location
  • Stunning Katherine Gorge aspect
  • A complete experience from accommodation to dining
  • Sunset cocktails and outback-inspired canapés by the pool
  • A range of exhilarating tours and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities
  • Insight into Jawoyn traditions, food, culture and history
  • Thriving native wildlife around the lodge and all over the reserve

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