We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The best place for your 50th”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Bremer Island Banubanu Wilderness Retreat
GreenLeadersGold level
Nhulunbuy
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The best place for your 50th”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

I have just had the best birthday ever with good friends at the beautiful Banubanu.Our hosts were fantastic.The food superb,especially the secret recipe potato salad. Our afternoon on the beach was exciting as schools of fish surfed through.It is one of the only places that you can swim at the beach in the top end and not really worry about box jellyfish.The water is so clear that you can see everything. In the afternoon the west beach offers gentle swimming and fantastic snorkeling oppertunities. The eco camping, is a wonderful adventure in itself.I didn't know camping could be so easy and comfortable.We were very spoilt with fans in every tent. The facilities are first class considering where banubanu is situated.
My only regret-I had to go back to work! Will definitely be going back to visit as this is such a beautiful part of the world and without a doubt has one of the best beaches in Australia.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Kaz H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Owners3, Owner at Bremer Island Banubanu Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Dear Kaz H,

Thank you for your review of your recent stay with us for your 50th birthday.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

21 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    18
    2
    1
    0
    0
See reviews for
1
8
2
1
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (7)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Uralla, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
304 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2013

After a busy time in Darwin,we flew to Gove,then transferred to Banu Banu by tinnie,then fishing boat.Not an easy process with flights at early hours and loading selves and luggage from beach to boat to boat!Would not recommend this trip to anyone with a disability.We were looking for a peaceful retreat to chill out and relax.The setting is quite beautiful-lovely sandy beaches,rustic decor,sparkling blue ocean.However,on our boat were four other passengers going out to have a party.Fine we thought,but as the day progressed ,more and more arrived to the point where beds were not available and some slept outdoors.The deserted cove filled with swimmers clutching beers and the beach deck was strewn constantly with revellers.They had a ball-we were overwhelmed!They partied most of the night-we went to bed after our very early morning flight.All departed next day and we could briefly enjoy desert island serenity.The following day,a lunch party arrived and once again the retreat dream was interrupted.
We found Trevor a very good host but somewhat distracted by all the action taking place.Helen was away and so,although the meals were good home-style cooking,they were not gourmet standard.The substitute hostess was brilliant but not a professional cook.Our hut was basic and the water shortage only allowed for 2 min cold showers.
Our conclusions-for the locals in Gove,Banu Banu is an excellent place to visit ,stayover and party.Here they can swim,drink and enjoy a location much more beautiful and pristine than Gove.If you are looking for a peaceful getaway,you would have to check what else was booked in at the time and be prepared for difficult access and a wilderness rather than a luxury stay.We were transferred from the island by 9.30 am and our flight from Gove was around 9pm.After a drive to a local cultural centre,there is not much else to do in Gove and we spent a long day waiting around.We had thought there would be some cultural interaction with the indigenous population on the island but this does not seem to take place,which is a great pity.We were diappointed that Banu Banu did not live up to its advertising and previous reviews.

Room Tip: Only two huts have ensuite,tents are very basic.
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
5 Thank 10Raindrops
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Helen M, Owner at Bremer Island Banubanu Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review, November 7, 2013
Dear 10Raindrops

Thank you for your full and frank review of your recent stay at Banubanu Wilderness Retreat. We are sad and disappointed that you didn't enjoy it here as much as you might and accept that the multiple bookings detracted from your experience, as did Helen's enforced absence from the kitchen attending to family matters elsewhere in the country. We will take what you have said fully into account particularly with a view to improving how we manage simultaneous bookings here. We are looking for a skillful cook to support Helen but that takes time and trial anywhere let alone in remote East Arnhem Land.

We did let you know when you booked that there were other events booked here during your stay and asked you if you would have preferred the Retreat to yourselves. Having just two regular guests here at a time does not cover our costs. We can and do take exclusive bookings for couples but that naturally comes at a greater cost.

We understand, as do you, that it takes all types to make up a world. A cove full of friendly swimmers clutching tinnies is many Australians' vision of paradise. We had no reason to assume that it would be so unsettling for you until we got to know you.

As to the issue that people were sleeping outdoors, Banubanu accommodation does include beach camping for when we have larger functions, which was an option that was taken by three people that particular evening.

We can and do arrange interaction with members of the local settlement but you have to ask for it and not just assume it will happen. Had Trevor turned up unannounced with you at the door of one of the elders in Gutjangen, they would have felt exactly as you would had Trevor turned up out of the blue with a pair of them at your house in Uralla. Undoubtedly, we can make this clearer to future guests.

Banubanu and its environs is a wilderness, it's in our name, we are proud of it and it's what makes us tick. Water shortages, transfers from boat to land in a tender, and long waits for the only flight out are part and parcel of that and second nature to those who live in remote Australia. We did lend you a vehicle at no cost to get around the place until the 9pm flight. Many would argue that provided you with plenty to do for half a day but, it takes all types, and we don't mean that at all unkindly.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Darwin
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This little gem of a getaway shows how minimal impact tourism show be carried out. The hosts Helen and Trevor make it like a visit to family with the sort of genuine hospitality which is rarely seen these days. With two beaches flanking the camp, one for sunrise and another for sunset the location couldn't be better. The food is exceptional being prepared by Helen in her modest kitchen and the fishing is also top shelf with Trevor taking guest out on the boat. If your after a romantic retreat or just a relaxing hideaway this place is the business.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank TrackandPack
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Helen M, Owner at Bremer Island Banubanu Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thank you for your review of your stay at Banubanu, we strive to ensure that all of our guests have a relaxing and unforgettable experience when they come to Bremer Island.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nhulunbuy
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed June 3, 2013

I totally agree with all the reviews listed. Make the journey, you will not regret it. Trevor and Helen are the perfect hosts. An unforgetable experience for any occassion. I celebrated my birthday with all my family a few months back and have now just returned from a weddingthere. Two totally different occassions but both exceptional, made so by the attention to detail and the personal care of the hosts Trevor and Helen. Thank you once again.

Room Tip: The cabins are self contained and very comfortable.
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank jennylav
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Took some English friends to Banu Banu as they wanted to see the real Australia before returning home to London. Unfortunately we hit the late wet season in North East Arnhem land and the weather was terrible..did it matter ..not a bit . Helen and Trevor made us so welcome in their small , rustic retreat. Its not glamping, its not 5 star , its not luxury...but its so so relaxing and i felt more relaxed , more quickly , more completely than i have for a long time. they are wonderful hosts and Helen is the best chef ive come across in the Northern Territory. Her grilled fish with
tamarind and her lemongrass panacotta were just heaven. Bremner is a wild Island , with a small Yolngu community and the retreat ..thats it. Peaceful and how many places in the world can you visit where you can have your own private beach. They also have a fishing boat for guests.
Accommodation is comfortable if not luxurious...tents and a couple of cabins. so if you wan t a totally relaxing holiday..with privacy and great food...Banu Banu is the place to be.

Room Tip: Best to pay a bit extra and get one of the cabins with ensuite bathroom in my view.
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank john m
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Helen M, Owner at Bremer Island Banubanu Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Thank you John M for your sincere review of Banubanu, you have said it all. We hope to see you again in better weather conditions.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
perth
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Ever wondered what it would be like to have your own private island? This superb eco-lodge accommodation nestled in a stand of trees on the northern tip of idyllic Bremer Island enables you to do just that. Spend your days wandering deserted white sand beaches and swimming in clear turquoise waters, your evenings enjoying sublime sunsets, and your nights marvelling at 5-star cuisine served in a mesmeric beach-hut setting.
Sadly only had time to spend a weekend, but returned to Gove feeling as though I had been away for a week. Trevor and Helen proved the perfect hosts, attentive yet discreet.
Highly-recommended, but get in now before word gets out. This could become one of Australia's most sought-after getaways.

Room Tip: Hideaway larger of the cabins.
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank jon s
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Geraldton, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2012

Apart from the stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, great company, fantastic food including creme brulee & chocolate mousse cake for dessert! & banubanu bread, the swimming was the best.
Helen & Trevor were great hosts er really enjoyed our stay it was more than camping it was pampering
Tents were simple but well appointed and very comfortable. The deck where we set for pre -dinner drinks was great, enjoyed the view over the ocean and watching the sunset. Fishing was superb too
Evening meal had to be seen to be believed the ambiance was fantastic with candles everywhere Helen cooked the days catch in style
loved the lizards too - gheckos and skinks

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank SuzB25
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Bremer Island Banubanu Wilderness Retreat? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Bremer Island Banubanu Wilderness Retreat

Property: Bremer Island Banubanu Wilderness Retreat
Address: Bremer Island, Bremer Island, Northern Territory 0880, Australia
Phone Number:
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Bremer Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Bremer Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bremer Island Banubanu Wilderness Retreat 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Island beach retreat in North East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. Bring your thoughts take time to reflect, go fishing, bird watching, beach combing, interact with the local Indigenous people, reconnect with nature. For an unforgettable experience in remote Australia. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Priceline and Agoda so you can book your Bremer Island Banubanu Wilderness Retreat reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing