Frequently Asked Questions

Reception has a supply of various adaptors which they are happy to loan should you happen leave yours behind.

There are no televisions in the rooms (this is one of our draw cards!)

Yes, we accommodate children from 0 – 4 years, if you require a portable cot please let us know prior to booking.

  • Children aged 5 -12 pay $100 off room rate.
  • Children aged 13 and over pay the adult rate.

Yes, we give a 5% discount to all pensioners.

Yes, we provide a room service with a choice of drinks and a cheese platter at an extra cost.

Yes, we do offer breakfast delivered to the beachfront tents.

The answer is NO, our power is run off solar powered panels which provide the whole retreat its energy.

  1. Deliberately kept small so you can be assured of privacy and quiet time
    The maximum occupancy is 16 people. This is to ensure guests have a true experience of remote island living. You may be lucky enough to have the entire retreat to yourself during your stay!
  2. Pristine beaches and stunning sunsets

    Banubanu is situated on Bremer Island which is surrounded by azure blue waters and white sand beaches. There are two beaches to choose from: one is popular for swimming and the other has calm shallow waters where you can sit and admire the peaceful surrounds.
  3. Relax and disconnect from the world

    In the busy world that we live in we’re constantly glued to our mobile phones. One of the great things about Banubanu is the limited telephone coverage. You may think that’s a bad thing but we encourage our guests to relax and unwind as soon as they reach the retreat. If you do need to make an important call, you can find a signal on top of the tallest sand dune.
  4. Learn about the local Yolgnu community

    Banubanu shares Bremer Island with the people from the local Yolgnu community. We work in partnership with the community to offer guests cultural experiences where you can learn more about the local Yolgnu people including their customs and traditions. You can learn about traditional basket weaving from the women and and the men will teach you how to catch crabs the Yolgnu way.
  5. Incredible fishing

    The Arafura Sea is home to some of the world’s best fish species. If you’re a fishing enthusiast, you may want to consider booking a full day fishing charter. Alternatively you can cast a line from the beach.

The length of stay varies depending how much time you have available, however, we recommend at least four days to really experience all that Bremer Island has to offer.

We are permitted to have 16 overnight guests and 20-day visitors on the Island at one time, however, we rarely reach this figure.

Linen and towels are supplied in all rooms.

Shampoo, conditioner and hand soaps are provided.

There are no air conditioners at Banubanu, in keeping with our eco ethos. The island's accommodation have fans in all of the rooms including the dining and lounge areas.

Banubanu is set upon sand dunes that will require a walk of at least 300 metres from the beachfront tents to the main dining area daily. For your comfort and enjoyment, we recommend that you are physically able to walk around the dunes and retreat area with ease.

There is no telephone access while staying at the retreat unless you go to a high sand dune. Guests will be given a hand held walky talky in each of the cabins/rooms for communication with staff.

We ask our guests to help us minimise our environmental impact. We offer a daily room service for guests.

The overnight tariff/rate includes:

  • Three meals breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily
  • Permit fee charges paid to the Traditional Owners

Banubanu is located in the Northern Territory, which unlike most other parts of Australia, has only two seasons: the Dry Season and the Wet Season.

Dry Season: May to October
The best time to visit Banubanu is the Dry Season when the weather conditions are much cooler than the Wet Season. Temperatures can range anywhere between 20oC (68oF) and 31oC (88oF) during the day and drop to a low of 20oC (68oF) at night. Visitors from southern parts of Australia prefer to visit the Northern Territory in the Dry Season to escape the cold winters experienced in the south. If you don’t cope too well with the heat then you may wish to visit Banubanu in the Dry Season.

Wet Season: November to April
The Northern Territory experiences its hottest temperatures in the Wet Season. The average daily temperature can range anywhere between 25oC (77oF) and 35oC (95oF). If you prefer the warmer climate then you should visit Banubanu in the Wet Season. Please be mindful that the Wet Season also brings with it the risk of cyclones and we may need to cancel your trip if the weather is deemed unsafe to be on or near the water.

Please visit the Bureau of Meteorology for more information about weather and climate conditions in the Northern Territory.


For travel within 30 days - Full payment is required at the time of booking. Payment can be made either by credit card or direct deposit.For travel outside 30 days - A deposit of AU $600.00 per room is required at the time of booking. Full payment is due 1 month prior to arrival.

Deposits paid are non-refundable but possibly transferrable – conditions apply.


  • Within 30 days of arrival - 100% cancellation fee applies to total booking.
  • Outside 30 days of arrival - A fee equal to the deposit applies.


Excess alterations/changes may incur an administration fee of AU $25.00 per amendment.

We accept direct debits or credit card payments. A credit card will incur 1% fee of the whole amount per transaction.

Power is supplied to all rooms at 240 Volts 50Hz and uses the 3-pin dual power point. This is the same voltage and plug shape used in mainland Australia and the following countries: American Samoa, Argentina, China, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Okinawa, Panama, Papua New Guinea, St. Vincent, Tajikistan, Tonga, Uruguay.

Room Check In is at 1:00pm and Check Out is at 10:30am.

It is possible that your room may be available sooner, however, it will depend on how busy the Retreat is.

We suggest you bring the following:

  • Cool loose clothing
  • Swim wear
  • Sun protection - hat, sun-glasses, sun-screen
  • Protection from insects including mosquitoes
  • Water-proof footwear (for walking over coral, rocks and through water)
  • Light outer-wear (evening in the dry season can get chilly)
  • Books, magazines (there is limited internet access)

See more information about the weather on Bremer Island

Please refer to either of the two local accommodation providers detailed below.

The Gove Peninsula Motel

The Gove Peninsula Motel only minutes from Nhulunbuy township. The accommodation features beautifully appointed guest rooms, each equipped with a kitchenette and outside seating area. This motel also has a salt-water in-ground pool, which is a favourite with the guests.

Walkabout Lodge

The Walkabout Lodge & Tavern is within a short 5-minute stroll of Nhulunbuy township. Highlights at this beachfront lodge include 2 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges, and an outdoor swimming pool. A camper trailer park with 12 powered sites & amenities block is available for campers exploring the region by four wheel drive during the dry season.