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Cicada Lodge

Northern Territory, Australia

At a glance

Catering for travellers looking for an extraordinary experience, the unique Cicada Lodge offers couples the opportunity to admire and embrace the wonders of the remote Top End in total style and luxury.


Nestled in natural bush, high above the Katherine River within the Nitmiluk National Park, Cicada Lodge is just 300km south of Darwin along the Stuart Highway and 32km from Katherine town centre.

Couples on a romantic getaway will love

The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the ancient landscapes of the Nitmiluk National Park. Fly by helicopter to remote locations to swim in a crystal-clear waterfall and canoe ancient gorges; fly to remote rock-art sites where a guide will interpret images painted thousands of years ago; or fly low over wildlife in the utter wilderness of southern Arnhem Land or up over the escarpment to experience the power of Kakadu. This is a trip you will never forget.

Northern Territory accommodation

Each of the 18 rooms pay homage to the region, featuring Indigenous artwork from local artists. The ancient stories they represent weave the modern with the traditional, and their rich colours complement the modern design and décor.

All rooms are air-conditioned and feature full-length louvered doors leading to private balconies, so guests can open their room to the sounds and sights of the native bush or close them for cool privacy. But best of all are the views: each room looks out to the distinct sandstone country above Nitmiluk Gorge, with lush gullies and broad meandering valleys.

Best room for two for a romantic escape

The choice is yours, as all rooms at Cicada Lodge are the same – beautifully appointed with generous bathrooms featuring Bvlgari amenities, plus yoga mats, complimentary WiFi and in-house movies, and use of all property facilities.

Dining & leisure

Dining at Cicada Lodge is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. A key element of the adventure is the nightly Chef’s Table, which allows guests to sample a specialty dish that’s unique to the region and truly reflects the best of what Australia has to offer. Chosen by the chef according to the season, you might savour Yarr freshwater prawns, one of the many unique, edible freshwater water crustaceans in the region, or a traditional fruit such as a Marsdenia (or ‘bush banana’). The dishes combine traditional herbs with local produce to stunning effect, resulting in incredible flavours that are truly unique to the region.

Explore the cultural and natural landscapes of Nitmiluk and Kakadu National Parks; lands of the Jawoyn people, await exploration. From visiting ancient rock-art sites to tasting native bush foods and medicines or swimming in pristine waterholes accessible only by helicopter, experienced guides will help guests to immerse themselves in these ancient terrains and cultures.


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