This post was not sponsored however we were gifted 4 nights accommodation to experience the resort to write this review.
A friend of ours described it like “a cruise except on land” and she was right. North Star Holiday Resort at Hastings Point on the Tweed Coast of Northern New South Wales is a great place for families for a quick weekend, or a whole week of fun and relaxation. It has everything your kids need to keep busy and entertained and it also looks after the parent’s need to relax and rejuvenate. A family owned business it has been described as “possibly the best holiday park in Australia”.
Some of the highlights include a wide variety of different types of accommodation for different budgets, Sammy’s Adventure Lagoon and pool area, Ripples Restaurant and breakfast buffet, a host of kids activities, and the exclusive adults Seascape Leisure Centre.
The accommodation ranges from generous leafy tent sites all the way up to spacious private family villas. Other accommodation options include units, family cabins, economical cabins and powered and ensuite sites. We were fortunate enough to stay in one of the private villas and for five of us there was definitely enough room and the two level villas were well equipped with kitchens, multiple bathrooms and sleeping for up to 10 people. Also the fittings in the villas were quite fancy so it added to the resort feel of the rooms. If you’re a camper we noticed that all of the tent sites were covered with astro turf which meant they were neat and tidy and you get to avoid sand and dirt in your tent (you can still put pegs into the ground through the turf though).
Our three kids aged 11, 8 and 4 had a great time playing for hours in Sammy’s Adventure Lagoon which has some brand new 8 metre high water slides, a family pool and a junior aqua play park. While one of us had to be in there with them, there were a number of lifeguards on duty making sure everyone was safe while swimming and using the water slides.
When they had enough of the water park the kids chose to come back to the villa for a spa and relax before heading over to the large games room and playground. Next to the playground was Neptune’s Castle which was an indoor play space and at night on certain days of the week they showed movies for the kids also selling popcorn and slushies. This holiday park has thought of everything. The kids settled in to watch two movies Ferdinand and Peter Rabbit lying on mats on the carpet. At certain times of the year there is a supervised holiday club at which you can leave your kids for a few hours and then head over to the Seascape Leisure Centre.
The exclusive adults Seascape Leisure Centre included a lap pool, three spas at different temperatures, a gym, massage rooms and a sauna. While we didn’t get to spend as much time there as we would have liked it was still nice to have some space in a relaxed and sophisticated environment away from everyone’s noisy enthusiastic kids.
One of the other highlights was the excellent breakfast buffet at Ripples Restaurant. It’s nice to wake up on holidays and not to have to make your own breakfast and it’s the first time I’ve ever been to a holiday park that has its own restaurant, particularly one this good. We enjoyed bacon, eggs, cereals, toast, baked beans, mushrooms, hash browns and all of the essential breakfast fare and it was generous and great quality. What a great way to start the day.
Overall we would highly recommend North Star Holiday Resort as a place to take your family for a break. There is so much to do for kids in the one location and as I mentioned above it even allows parents to have some space which we all need in our busy lives. So leave your car in the parking spot, put the wallet away, and sit back and relax while the kids make the most of the unlimited free family fun.