An upmarket sanctuary in the wilderness


Facilities & services

  • 18 rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor pool
  • Bar


  • Cultural safari cruises
  • Rock art tours
  • Sunset dinner cruises
  • Tours of Nitmiluk Gorge and surrounding region
  • Wild swimming

Cicada Lodge is set amid the ancient landscape of Nitmiluk National Park, perched high above the waterways of the Katherine River System. Stretching out to the horizon are vast swathes of rusty red land, dotted with twisting trees and the river which carves its way through this hauntingly beautiful part of northern Australia.

Created jointly with the native Jawoyn people and Indigenous Business Australia, there is a strong approach to cultural appreciation and enrichment. The lodge fuses international, modern Australian and indigenous design elements to create a stylish and contemporary space that connects with its natural and cultural history.

18 luxury rooms are each personal sanctuaries, with plenty of natural light filtering through full length doors that open out onto private balconies. Gaze out across the wild and beautiful environment and keep your eyes peeled for flying fox, freshwater crocodile, blue-winged kookaburra and peregrine falcon.

The menu is one based on regional produce but with an exciting modern twist. Taking inspiration from traditional elements, local herbs, fruits and ingredients are combined to create speciality dishes with contemporary flair.

Activities here range from wild swimming, sunset and cultural river cruises and excursions into the park to see Jawoyn rock art.

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