If you’ve always fancied an authentic ‘castaway’ experience in a tropical paradise, but wonder if such an opportunity exists in our modern world – then you’ll be happy to learn that yes, such a paradise does exist, and it lies just off the coast of Australia’s Northern Territory.
Now, when we say paradise, we do not mean modern, luxury hotel and heated infinity pool. We mean raw, unadulterated natural beauty, interrupted only by a handful of eco-friendly buildings that form the Banubanu Wilderness Retreat…
Banubanu is situated off the Gove Peninsula on Bremer Island, within East Arnhem Land. Just a short boat ride from Gove Airport, the journey from Darwin isn’t long at all, but you’ll feel as though you’ve travelled thousands of miles into unchartered territory, such is the beauty of this incredible area.
The lodgings at Banubanu are simple yet charming. Blending seamlessly with the island’s natural landscapes, these wooden structures were built to leave a minimal ecological footprint. Settle into one of the Hideaway cabins and enjoy a comfortable double bed, well equipped en-suite and a private deck from which you’ll witness the beauty of Australia’s deep red sunsets and azure seas.
Upon arrival, you’ll soon realise that your cabin will serve purely as a place to sleep, however. You see, the activities on offer at Banubanu are what make this resort so very special, and there’s enough going on to ensure you’ll rarely spend time in the bedroom.
Stay here and you’ll get the opportunity to interact with and learn from aboriginal cultures (you can even learn the ancient art of spear fishing – it doesn’t get more ‘castaway’ than that) as well as enjoy bird watching, turtle watching, snorkelling, 4WD tours, stargazing…it’s a list that goes on and on.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This has to be one of the world’s best digital-detoxes. If you’re looking to truly escape the pressures of the modern world, Banubanu Wilderness Retreat is there to make you realise was really matters – the simple beauty of the natural world. We couldn’t get enough of the slow pace of life, the incredible beaches, the endless activities or the fact that we were having the time of our lives without leaving a large ecological footprint. Eco-tourism at its very best.