Cicada Lodge, Katherine
Owned by the local Jawoyn people, Cicada Lodge is an eco-luxe space set in the breathtaking terrain of Nitmiluk National Park near the iconic Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine Gorge). The clean, modern architecture of the building is made to complement its natural setting, with a focus on responsible tourism to ensure the preservation of the natural surroundings. Eco-conscious travellers can enjoy a luxury getaway with the assurance that nature comes first here – dinner, for example, is a set menu of seasonal produce curated by the chef to reduce food waste. The 18 rooms are far from what you might expect from an eco-lodge in a national park; all rooms are air-conditioned and have a balcony looking out to the gorge, complete with thoughtful additions including a yoga mat and a Nespresso coffee machine. A pool in the main lounge area is a luxurious addition in a remote area where amenities are traditionally more basic.
Take a trip to Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine Gorge), a natural wonder of rugged sandstone, carved by the river into sheer rocky drops. Marvel at the gorge from water level on a river cruise where you also might spot crocodile who inhabit the area (at extra cost), or for an unforgettable experience book a helicopter tour over the gorge where you can also view the rock art work etched into the walls by Aboriginal people who have lived in the area for some 40,000 years (at extra cost).