A Night in Nitmiluk Gorge

  • The Cicada Lodge at Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.

    The Cicada Lodge at Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.

  • Seasoned crocodile tail at the Cicada Lodge.

    Seasoned crocodile tail at the Cicada Lodge.

  • A room at the Cicada Lodge.

    A room at the Cicada Lodge.

  • The Cicada pool at sunset.

    The Cicada pool at sunset.

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THE GREAT OUTBACK

A menu offering seasoned crocodile tail and bush bananas is just one of the highlights awaiting guests at northern Australia’s Cicada Lodge (61-8/8971-0877; cicadalodge.com.au; doubles from US$665), a remote riverside property at Nitmiluk Gorge, some 300 kilometers south of Darwin. Co-owned and run by the indigenous Jawoyn people, Cicada promises as stylish an outback experience as they come; its 18 earth-toned rooms are decorated with Aboriginal arts and crafts, while diversions range from canoeing and helicopter tours to sunset cocktails on the lodge’s eucalyptus-fringed pool deck.  –Tim Hastings

Originally appeared in the April/May 2013 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Great Outback”)

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