As one of the newest high end developments in the Northern Territory, Cicada Lodge has just celebrated its first year of operation. Getting to this milestone was a long time coming – the development of the Lodge was first raised some seven years ago! But it was all worth the wait and now Cicada Lodge is receiving international acclaim.

Set in a National Park just a few minutes walk from the stunning Nitmiluk Gorge, the Lodge is a showpiece for Indigenous tourism in this country.

Owned and managed by the Jawoyn people through a joint venture between Indigenous Business Australia and the local Jawoyn people, the Lodge not only provides a whole new experience and a way to explore this region, but also provides a training resource for local Indigenous youth.

The Indigenous Land Council working with Cicada Lodge has established a training grant. The grant equates to two full time positions within the Lodge for local Indigenous youth. Cicada has employed three young women from the community who are working across the property learning basic hospitality skills. The grant is a two layer program – providing hands on experience in a real environment complemented with study through the Charles Darwin University for a CERT II in hospitality with a range of electives structured around their main duties (RSA< Espresso Coffee Making, Hygenice services etc).

The end result being in two years the employees can step into a supervisory level within the business and have the training and hands-on skills.

We welcome you to Cicada Lodge to see, understand and learn about this beautiful destination.