The Jawoyn people invite you to experience the beauty of one of Australia’s most spectacular destinations. To understand and be inspired by the ancient cultures of the traditional owners of the land, to explore the natural wonders of Nitmiluk Gorge, and to relax and revive in the comfort of Cicada Lodge
Cicada Lodge, your sanctuary from which to embrace the ancient landscapes and indigenous culture within the iconic Nitmiluk National Park.
300km south of Darwin and 32km from Katherine town centre, Cicada Lodge is located inside Nitmiluk National Park, home to Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. The Gorge comprises a system of 13 immense gorges carved over the millenia by the Katherine River through the ancient stone country of the region. More than a location of beautiful landscapes, the gorges hold great cultural value for the Jawoyn people. For these traditional owners, Nitmiluk refers to a cicada dreaming place – the place where the spirits of creation abide.
Cicada Lodge is designed for the sophisticated traveller looking for an authentic Indigenous and natural Australian “experience-of-a-lifetime,” in the heart of Northern Australia’s Timeless North. A sanctuary of elegant comfort, just 29kms from the historic township of Katherine, the Lodge provides a level of excellence in accommodation, service and dining.
Cicada Lodge is core to the future of the Jawoyn people. Training programs and employment of the local people across all aspects of the operation are integral to that future. Eco-accredited Indigenous guides run the Gorge cruises and tours providing commentary on the region sharing their knowledge of the local flora and fauna as well, ancient stories creation and Jawoyn life, enabling visitors to embrace a journey of learning and discovery in this spiritual and spectacular part of NT’s Top End.