The Retreat

Banubanu Beach Retreat offers real luxury – in the simple pleasures of space, time and an escape from the modern world.

Our buildings use local materials recovered from the island’s beaches. Its simplicity is its appeal. Guests have several accommodation options to choose from: two cabins, three beachfront tents and four safari tents.

Guests share the dining experience and have a common area to relax, unwind and share stories (or just enjoy a good book from our collection). Guests are invited to chill out in the recreational area with a book or chat with Helen and Trevor the owners and your hosts about the history of Bremer Island. The facilities are simple so that our guests can appreciate beach living and being close to nature.If you're looking for a unique remote island holiday destination then Banubanu is for you.

Concept & Delivery

Trevor and his wife Helen who discovered Bremer Island while operating a fishing charter business in Gove, NT, established Banubanu in 2005. Helen and Trevor have spent the last 12 years building Banubanu to what it is today. They want people to experience all that East Arnhem Land has to offer including its pristine beaches and beautiful sunsets. Banubanu is located on Aboriginal land that belongs to the local Yolgnu clan of East Arnhem Land. The traditional owners have given Helen and Trevor permission to operate Banubanu on Bremer Island. Visitors pay a permit fee when visiting Banubanu which is paid to the traditional owners.


Banubanu is located on Bremer Island, which is located 13 kilometres north of Gove on the Gove Peninsula. Gove is located in North East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Commitment to sustainable living

Banubanu is an eco-friendly retreat that has been built with materials that make it one with the landscape. It runs mainly on solar power, the main water supply is caught rain water and water-wise usage ensures a good supply throughout the year. It’s ecological footprint is tiny.

Meaning of Banubanu

The name Banubanu was given to the large rocky outcrops at Banubanu Beach Retreat by Maccassan traders well before European colonisation. Banu is a Persian name for a woman whereby Banubanu would mean women, which these large boulders represent.