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Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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property living room Suite home condominium Bedroom cottage

Overview

Location

With a stay at Cicada Lodge in Katherine, you’ll be on a river and minutes from Katherine Gorge.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 18 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Partially open bathrooms with showers feature designer toiletries and bathrobes.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Enjoy recreation amenities such as an outdoor pool or take in the view from a garden. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar, take in a pool view, and even dine alfresco (weather permitting). You can also stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. A complimentary breakfast is included.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services, and luggage storage. Free valet parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Cicada Lodge
Gorge Road
Katherine, 0850 Australia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 256 Reviews
Wonderful oasis of great service
Reviewed 7 hours ago

We stayed for 2 nights and were delighted with both the quality of the accommodation and the attentive service offered at Cicada Lodge. After a late arrival, the staff were still able to accommodate us for the wonderful dinner at the lodge. Breakfast was wonderful and Sam kindly arranged a lovely packed lunch for us to take on our canoe trip. We were delighted to see a wallaby, with joey, early in the morning too.

The small pool was lovely and pre- dinner drinks a nice touch.

Highly recommended

Loved this place!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed everything about Cicada Lodge. From the moment we arrived the staff were attentive and friendly making sure we had everything we needed.
Our room was extremely comfortable and clean.
We ate in the restaurant the first night of our stay and the food was delicious and beautifully presented.
We loved the fact that the 'bush surroundings' had not been manicured. Although we were in a luxury accommodation you still felt like you were out in the bush.
The pool was lovely and the staff often brought us fresh cold water to keep us refreshed in the heat.
This is not a cheap hotel but to be honest no hotels are cheap around this area so we felt it was fairly priced when compared with others.

Could be SO much better
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes great memories should stay as just that.... a memory! In June 2017 we had a wonderful two days with beautiful food and great service. Decided to treat ourselves again this year on our way from Broome to Darwin.
It was disappointing. The place looks slightly run down with deck timbers very shabby and room maintenance not up to par.
We were sent a booking form to tel the Lodge our information and whether we wanted dinner. I said yes to two nights dinner. On check in we were asked again and said yes to both nights. Later that day we were asked again. The next day we told staff in the morning and that afternoon the Manager rang to ask if we were having dinner. Extremely poor communication.
There was no internet at all for the first 24 hours which was not their fault and we didn't miss it.
The food on the first night was shocking. This meal should not have left the kitchen and this "chef" needs to go back to school.Both nights the meal starts with warm bread and dipping oil and balsamic. This should be on every table at 7pm not 30 seconds before entree is served. First night canapes: not sure what they were but I have never been served anything sweet like chocolate cake as a canape. Entree: octopus which looked like one of those plastic trick toys you buy and one bite is what it tasted like. It was "swimming" in a pool of pea puree accompanied by chilli sauce and tapenade. Who in their right mind would serve cold whole octopus with so many flavours and all of them wrong with octopus. (in my opinion)
This was followed by lamb backstrap which had a dukkha topping which was slightly overdone. No fresh vegetables to go with it on the table but a few tiny pieces of potato on the plate.
The dessert was a "souffle" which was an absolute unmitigated disaster. It was nothing that resembled a souffle that I have ever seen. Firstly, it was not in a souffle dish but in a tiny ramekin used mostly for butter or a dip. It was a sunken mess of raw egg whites which was liquid in the bottom. As I looked at the other tables they all looked the same. It was supposed to be passionfruit but also served with several flavours such as chocolate "ganache" which was a small pool of melted chocolate with mango icecream and chopped nuts. Again all wrong!
The service was slow and not well organised. Staff wait until everyone is seated although they state dinner at 7pm. More efficient if they served those that are on time and waiting. Wine came after the entree.
2nd night was a little better but barramundi overdone and on the plate with a little wilted green. We had to ask for a bowl of salad.
This was $95 pp without wine. I have had better meals in a country motel.
All up it was a very disappointing two days and we would not return. The price of accommodation has also risen greatly in twelve months.
NOTE to management: Would the young staff please stop calling the guests guys when clearly they are women

A great place to stay on the doorstep of Katherine Gorge
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cicada Lodge is very conveniently located adjacent the Nitmiluk National Park visitor centre which services Katherine Gorge tours, and is the starting point for numerous walk and hike trails. Arrival to the lodge through the visitor centre car park and adjacent caravan park is somewhat confusing and inauspicious, however once you enter the lodge you know you have arrived at the right place. The lodge is beautifully situated amongst the existing bush above the Katherine River, and has a relaxed, intimate, friendly feel about it. This is very much reinforced by the attitude of the management and staff, who are all very friendly, helpful and attentive to ensure you have a pleasant stay. Special mention to Charlie, Marco, Sam, Daniella and Patricia who looked after us very well and who always catered to the disparate whims and needs of our group with efficiency and a smile! Special mention also to the chef, who whipped up the most delicious canapés every evening to enjoy with complimentary sundowner drinks on the outdoor terrace overlooking the pool and bush, which was a very enjoyable experience. The food generally was good, although the cooked breakfasts sometimes missed the mark, with overcooked poached eggs and undercooked bacon. I am a coeliac, and was very impressed with the attentive and no-fuss approach from the kitchen and staff to my dietary requirements. The rooms were spacious, comfortable and well appointed.

We did both the dawn cruise and the sunset dinner cruise and can recommend both, even though you see the same parts of the gorge and have the same commentary. If you are pressed for time, the sunset cruise would be the pick, it was an absolute highlight of our trip and could not be faulted in terms of scenery, food, wine and ambience. There are also numerous walks and hikes you can do from the lodge which are worthwhile.

Katherine Gorge is a stunning experience not to be missed, and Cicada Lodge is the perfect place from which to experience it. We had a wonderful stay and would like to thank the staff for contributing to our great experience.

Lovely location amongst nature, fantastic customer service
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent 2 nights here as part of the AAT Kings Tour of the area. The lodge is lovely. There was a kingfisher sitting on a post when we arrived and wallabies hopping around the grounds. There was a minor miscommunication about the bed configuration in our room, but that was promptly fixed as soon as I mentioned it. The hairdryer also popped while I was using it, again the staff were extremely helpful in getting another one to us so we could get ready for the Katherine Gorge cruise. When things go wrong and they are handled well, it ends up being a good experience. The welcome canapés and drinks on the first evening was a nice touch. Our room was comfortable and spacious and had a balcony over the bush as did all the rooms (it was a great place to hang out our washing as was hidden away behind a screen but still got lots of sun and air), it was a very relaxing place to be. The pool was also lovely and and soon as we went in the gate of the pool, one of the staff brought out two ice waters for us. The customer service in the lodge is exceptional. I have suggestions to do with the meals. The breakfast choices were the same on both days, either continental (which was pretty as a picture), or eggs Benedict. When groups are staying for more than one night it would be great to have a different hot breakfast on the second day. Also, I was travelling as a vegetarian and the vegetarian meal was risotto. Pasta and risotto are the most unimaginative vegetarian meals and should be reserved for clubs and pubs. There are so many simple vegetarian meals it would be great to offer something a little more exciting to match the meat eaters meals. We were given lunches to take with us from the lodge on both days. Rolls one day and a wrap the second day, both were soggy by the time we ate them although we didn't have a late lunch and the vegetarian lunch didn't have any protein. A piece of cheese or an egg was all it needed. This was not an isolated occurrence on our tour and I have given feedback to the touring company that maybe a salad in a recyclable box would be a better alternative than bread. These were minor things that did not detract from the pleasure of our stay and I would definitely recommend the Cicada Lodge for anyone staying in Katherine and wanting a bit of luxury. It is well worth going on the sunset cruise on Katherine Gorge too, a wonderful experience.