Located right by the Katherine River in the Nitmiluk National Park, Cicada Lodge is surrounded by red dust and vast skies and surreal, swooping rock formations.
But here’s what makes it really stand out: it is owned by the Aboriginal Jawoyn people, and they will spirit you away into their 45,000-year-old dreamtime world.
Explore the wilderness on foot, hop into a canoe or opt for the chopper tour. The ancient rock art here is sensational and after taking it all in you can kick the dust off your boots, duck under your monsoon shower and dine by the pool, cooled by a sultry, eucalyptus-scented breeze. If you’re feeling brave, try the crocodile tail, washed down with a full bodied shiraz.
Kakadu and Northern Territory
Kakadu National Park is a protected area in the Northern Territory of Australia, 105 miles (171 km) southeast of Darwin.
The park is located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory. It covers an area of 19,804 km2 (7,646 sq mi), extending nearly 130 miles (200 kilometres) from north to south and over 65 miles (100 kilometres) from east to west. It is nearly half the size of Switzerland.