North Star Holiday resort
When it’s comes to family holidays, do you prefer the adventure of camping or the comfort of a villa?
Regardless, North Star has accommodation options for every family including tranquil campsites and caravan spots, bunk house dorms, powered sites with the option of en-suite, cottages, fully equipped holiday cabins and huge villas for large families or groups with a premium touch. Something for every budget. Last year we stayed in a Palm villa. It was perfect for a family of four, boasting two bedrooms and self contained facilities. This year we are staying in a two story Tuscany Villa, with three bedrooms, all with ensuites, 6 bunks, a spa bath, our own easy cleaning bbq on an amazing deck, along with two kitchen and dining areas. Every room and living area has great air con which is a plus for me. It has the wow factor of being one step from the waterpark and restaurant while still having the private family, home away from home, feel. The whole resort is smartly laid out so everything is close by and I love the family feel with kids on bikes and scooters and we are constantly meeting new friends. Just 30 mins from the Gold Coast and less to Byron Bay, I love the feel of this beachy town vibe.
When looking for family accommodation, the biggest selling points for me is the facilities and activities for the kids. If they are happy, we are happy. North Star Holiday Park boasts one of the best resort water parks I have stayed at, featuring two huge multi million dollar water slides, a water park with smaller slides and water features and two heated pools. One of the pools is a paddling pool for the little ones. In my opinion the water park is the highlight of the resort. In addition to the water play, there is a large shaded playground and a huge gaming room for the older kids. There is also a huge indoor padded play ground and ball pit. Kids Club runs every weekend and every week day during school holidays and attendance and all of the activities are free for guests.
Yesterday, the kids and I joined one of their excursions to their onsite marine centre and then went down to the local estuary to look for sea life in the rock pools and tonight, there is a pop up kitchen in the huge communal dining area to meet other families followed by an open air cinema- The LEGO movie! I just love the buzz here- the kids are in their element.
Food and Dining
One of the things I love about being on holiday is enjoying good food! So tonight I thought I would do a post you could save for future visits here about food at the resort and the local area. Whether you are camping, caravanning or in a villa, there are lots of options. We are staying in the Tuscany Villa that has a full size kitchen upstairs and a kitchenette downstairs. When we arrived, we stocked up the fridge with essentials for the week from woolies that is a few minute’s drive away but just a little tip, you can order online before you arrive and have it delivered to your accommodation door. Like camping, this gave us the flexibility to cook when every we wanted. But on the days we couldn’t be bothered, we went to The Ripples Licensed Cafe on site for their buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch or dinner. The food is quality and it is in a tranquil space right next to the waterpark and pools. North Star do special evenings like ‘roast nights’ and their Sunday sessions offer great happy hour cocktails, drinks and sharing platters with acoustic music. The resort also have themed nights were everyone comes together like the a pop up kitchen which is held in the communal BBQ area with a movie night for the kids. This space is huge and if you are camping here, the BBQs are free to use. Facilities are clean. On site, there is a convenience store which has a large variety of fruit, veg, frozen foods, bakery, ice creams and essentials, saving you from going to the bigger supermarket in. I’m impressed with its variety, it’s like a mini grocery store. If I ever needed something, it was 2 minutes away. And finally, we ate out a couple of times last year and this year. I enjoyed Osteria with its fresh Italian food and kids play ground and I also recommend Stunned Mullet for Fish and Chips at Cabarita Beach. In local Casuarina, Tucker has a good breaky and The Craft Cow has a relaxed vibe. Tonight we had a simple BBQ on the villa deck, with meat from a local butcher and its was bliss.
Our time here at North Star Holiday Resort, Hastings Point is coming to an end and I wanted to wrap up by talking about the local area. Hastings Point is magic. It’s is a beautiful beachy town. You can walk from the resort to the most amazing estuary coming in and out of the beach. It honestly resembles Fiji. The water is crystal clear, shallow and warm, with little fish swimming around and it is perfect for small kids. It’s easily my favourite spot here. You can do kayaking in the estuary or go on an adventure, looking for marine life too with the Rocky Shorelines excursion that the resort puts on for the kids. Hastings Point Headland is the ultimate spot for a picnic and to take in the whole area with a breathtaking view. Yes, you could easily just stay at the resort and not leave but one of the biggest ticks for me is the surrounding location and how much there is to do if your keen on getting out and about. It took us just 35 minutes to drive to Byron Bay. We stopped at a lovely restaurant, walked the Main Street and hit the beach but I also recommend a place called ‘The Farm’ for kids as well as the cute solar train. A great day trip. While amazing beaches like Cabarita beach and Kingscliff are just short drives (4 and 12 mins) away. The resort is just 25 minutes’ drive from Gold Coast airport but if you wanted to go to surfers paradise or do the theme parks, they are about 1 hour away.
Adults Only Sanctuary
Yes, you read right. Although this little gem is amazing for family holidays, there is also an adults only centre in the heart of the resort, so it has something for everyone. The seascape leisure centre has a 25 metre lap pool, 3 spas, a gym and a sauna too. When you are there, it is really tranquil and it is almost silent. You wouldn’t know you were in a holiday park! Paul just finished a huge 2 week stint on the road and I surprised him with a massage in the seascape centre when he arrived. Today, it was my turn and the massage was bliss! They also have a beauty salon and hair salon! The centre is open from 8am until dusk.