If you’re seeking the ultimate escape this May Day long weekend, I strongly encourage you consider our own backyard and pay a visit to the stunning Nitmiluk National Park.
Nestled along the mighty Katherine Gorge sits luxury eco-resort Cicada Lodge, a beautiful property which opened in 2013 with the blessing of traditional landowners, the Jawoyn people.
You’ll have an intimate experience here, with just 18 elegantly furnished rooms making up the lodge.
During the day you’ll love the outdoor pool and chilling on the deck on one of the many daybeds. Guests are encouraged to lie back and relax as the world passes by.
Late afternoon sink into a large king bed or relax on your own private balcony and soak up the sights and sounds of the native bush.
Australian and Indigenous design elements with artwork from local Jowoyn painters are features you will appreciate. The ancient stories within the paintings blend the modern with the traditional that is unique to Cicada Lodge.
On your travels you’ll most likely see wildlife like wallabies and lorikeets living together and you’ll be spoilt for choice with the amazing evening sunsets.
A highlight is the nightly sunset drinks and canapés by the pool. The local region influences the dinner menu and if you’re lucky you may be served Cicada Lodge’s signature dish, seasoned crocodile tail.
Katherine Gorge is a short stroll, comprising a system of 13 gorges carved over the millenia by the Katherine River through the ancient stone country of the region. For a memorable experience book the Sharing Our Country 3 Gorge Safari. You'll travel through time and the three gorges of Nitmiluk Gorge.
Overall your experience will vary depending on whether you stay at Cicada during the Wet or Dry seasons. But for guest services manager Charlie, one thing remains the same all year round.
“Cicada is not your standard hotel, no guest is treated as a number. We provide a very intimate service to all our guests and we are blessed to showcase what the Jawoyn culture has to offer.”
For more on Cicada Lodge take a listen to my chat with Charlie here.