This exclusive outback property is nestled at the entrance to one of the Top End’s treasures, Katherine Gorge.

Story By David Hancock

Nestled in the bush barely 400 metres from the entrance to the mighty Nitmiluk Gorge is one of Australia’s newest treasures: the indigenous-owned Cicada Lodge. The property, which opened in 2013, has been built with the blessing of the Jawoyn people – the traditional landowners of Nitmiluk National Park. Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn name for Katherine Gorge, translates as ‘cicada place’, inspiring the name of the lodge that is a natural starting point from which to explore this remote and stunning region.
The lodge is secure and private, with 18 rooms catering to just 36 guests. The elevated rooms all have panoramic views of the distinct sandstone country above the gorge, comprising lush gullies and broad valleys meandering through both high and low country. Each air-conditioned room has a private balcony with sliding, louvred doors that can be closed for extra privacy or opened up to welcome in the sights and sounds of the bush. Polished floorboards are complemented by vibrant art from local Jawoyn painters, and every room has a separate office area, free wi-fi and luxury Bulgari toiletries.
Guests enjoy champagne on arrival, valet parking service, sunset drinks and canapés and an evening welcome by the pool.

This story excerpt is from Issue #94

Outback Magazine: Apr/May 2014