Cicada Lodge

Cicada Lodge is a 100% Indigenous owned property located on the bank of the picturesque Katherine River inside the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) features distinct sandstone country, lush gullies of foliage inhabit giant cracks in the gorge walls, and broad valleys meander through both the high and the low country.

This diverse and spectacular landscape is also a cultural landscape, where the Jawoyn People (Traditional Indigenous Australian Landowners of Nitmiluk) continue to live and work while sharing their culture with visitors to their Country.

When guests choose to stay at Cicada Lodge, they will be drawn into The Dreaming world of the Jawoyn People whilst still experiencing the highest levels of service and comfort.

Cicada Lodge is designed for the discerning world traveller looking for an authentic Indigenous and natural Australian wilderness “experience-of-a-lifetime,” in the heart of Northern Australia’s Timeless North.

A diverse range of touring activities is on offer around the Nitmiluk and Katherine region from the property.

Spectacularly beautiful & culturally significant

Property Features
The Cicada Lodge experience is that of exclusivity. All property features are available exclusively to guests staying with Cicada Lodge:

  • Swimming Pool and pool deck with outdoor setting
  • Cicada Lodge Restaurant and Bar – exclusive to guests
  • Cicada Lodge is centrally located to all touring departure points within the Nitmiluk National Park.


When guests join us at Cicada Lodge, the experience is that of exclusivity. This experience is achieved not only through the design and layout of the accommodation property and the high-quality service provided to our guests but also through the touring options that are on offer. The following products are available exclusively to Cicada Lodge guests.

  • Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Dawn Break Breakfast Cruise
  • Nitnit Dreaming Two Gorge Cultural Cruise
  • Timeless Land Three Gorge Cultural Cruise
  • Adventure Swim Tour – Helicopter Scenic Flight
  • Jawoyn Rock Art Tour – Helicopter Scenic Flight
  • Nitmiluk Ultimate Tour – Helicopter Scenic Flight
  • First Gorge Canoe Leisure Hire – Self Guided
  • Full Day Gorge Explorer Canoe Experience – Self Guided
  • Footsteps of our Ancestors – Jawoyn Cultural Day Tour
  • Helicopter Scenic Flights
    • Three (3) Gorges – Approx 8 mins
    • Eight (8) Gorges – Approx 12 mins
    • 13 Gorges – Approx 18 mins
  • Twin Parks Scenic Flight – Fixed Wing air tour of Kakadu

Suitable/best for

Small Groups
Solo Traveller
Corporate Groups

Dining: Dining Options

Designed by Indigenous Chef – Mark Olive – the Cicada Lodge menu serves a dynamic range of contemporary cuisine and fine wine, served to guests in the setting of their choice at Cicada Lodge Restaurant; poolside, or in room dining.

Rooms & Accommodation - General Information

Cicada Lodge’s 18 Deluxe Rooms have been designed to emphasise the natural Australian outback surrounds whilst highlighting authentic Indigenous products:
Each room features panoramic windows and a private balcony to facilitate natural airflow throughout the room and allow for the scenic natural surrounds of the property to become an in-room aesthetic feature. Each room is also fully air-conditioned.
Local Indigenous art will decorate the walls of each room –also available for purchase.

Getting there

Nearest major town/city
Town – Katherine
City – Darwin

How to get there:
Self drive – Excellent sealed highways into the Katherine region located 320km South of Darwin on the Stuart Highway. The Park’s main entrance is located 30 km northeast of Katherine via a sealed road.

Private fixed wing or helicopter air transfers – are available from Darwin or other locations on request.

The Ghan – This train services run twice a week stopping in Katherine with transfers from Katherine Railway Terminal available on request.


Cicada Lodge is open Year Round.


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