Getting to Banubanu
Banubanu is located on Bremer Island, Northern Territory. Nhulunbuy is the nearest town to Banubanu with airport facilities. Gove Peninsula is the name of the area where Nhulunbuy and Bremer Island are located.
Making your way to Gove Peninsula
There are a number of ways you can travel to the Gove area which are described in detail below. If you have any questions or need assistance please give call us and we will help you come up with the best option to suit your needs.
AirNorth is the only airline servicing the Gove route. Flights to Gove depart from Cairns and Darwin daily with the exception of Saturday. You can also book your flights directly through Qantas. It pays to check both websites before you book as there is normally a price variation.
Nhulunbuy is connected by the Central Arnhem Road to the Stuart Highway just south of Katherine. Of the 800-kilometre stretch from Katherine, there is 650km of graded gravel road suitable for 2-wheel drive. All the river crossings on the road have bridges making the road passable most of the year. You will need to obtain a permit from the Northern Land Council to travel this road.
Getting to Banubanu Wilderness Retreat from Gove
Once you’ve reached Gove you’re almost there! You now need to get to Banubanu and there are several ways you can do this.
Take a 15 minute flight in a light aircraft from Gove Airport to the Bremer Island airstrip. This scenic flight gives you an aerial view of Bremer Island and the beautiful Arafura Sea. There are weight and volume restrictions on baggage on these flights. Each person is allowed a maximum of 15kg. Items must be packed in soft bags.
Take a one-hour boat trip from the mainland to Bremer Island. This involves a beach pickup and drop off by a small tender to a larger vessel and is unsuitable for anyone with movement disabilities. Also if the weather is unsuitable for boat transfer you will be incurred with the extra cost of a light aircraft charter .
Make your own way to Banubanu
Do you have your own boat or plane? Then why not make your own way to Banubanu. Guests with their own boats are welcome to arrive at either of our beaches under their own steam (or sail). Guests with their own light aircraft can land on the Gutjangan Community airstrip on Bremer Island. Guests with their own helicopter can land safely close to the retreat with some prior notice.