North Star Holiday Resort Review

If you’re looking for an awesome holiday park with loads to keep the little ones entertained, look no further than North Star Holiday Resort!  This is one of Australia’s best holiday parks – with some of the best facilities I’ve ever seen – and I’ve stayed at plenty of holiday parks.

A free kids club and adults only retreat – need I say more?  But wait – there’s more!  North Star also has a Marine Discovery Centre, its very own waterpark, complete with a massive water slide, playground, and restaurant – the list goes on and on!

And that’s not to mention being located just metres from a stunning beach and creek at Hastings Point.

Whether you’re after a weekend escape or a week long family holiday – North Star Holiday Resort really is an excellent option to consider.  

So to help you make the most of your stay at North Star Holiday Resort – I’ve put together this guide which covers everything you need to know.  As well as covering the endless amount of things to do, this guide also covers accommodation options and other facilities on site.

Now all you need to do is decide when you can go!

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Things to do at North Star Holiday Resort

There is certainly no shortage of things to do for both the kids and adults at North Star Holiday Resort.  Here’s a brief overview of all that’s on offer.

Sammy’s Adventure Lagoon Waterpark

With plenty of shady areas for the kids, the waterpark here at North Star is next level! 

Two storeys of water fun for all ages; even mum and dad will love the brand new Super Slides. There is also a wading pool for toddlers. 

Watch your kids make new friends while playing among the 65 water features this awesome aqua playground offers.

The best part of this fun filled waterpark is that it can be enjoyed year round with the pools seasonally heated!

Oh, and there are QR codes around the waterpark, so you can order food from the cafe and have it delivered straight to your sun lounger!

Price: Free.

Opening Times: Swimming Pools & Toddler Pool – 7 am til sunset | Slides & Splash Park – Daily, but times vary, so check with reception on arrival.

Neptune’s Castle Kids Club

What’s better than a Kid’s Club? A free Kids Club! 

Your little ones will have the time of their life at this fully supervised indoor playground. Complete with a holiday program and scheduled activities, the kids will never want to leave. 

Neptune’s Castle has everything – from a ball pit to a flying fox as well as arts and crafts; there is something to entertain kids of all ages.

The scheduled activities for peak periods are found on their website, so the kids can pick and choose which ones they want to attend. 

During off season or outside of kid’s club hours, Neptune’s Castle is available for kids under the supervision of their parents.

The kids club is available for kids aged 3 to 12 and opening hours vary – so be sure to check in with reception on arrival.

Price: Free.

Opening Times: Times do vary, so check with reception on arrival.

Playground

The fully fenced outdoor playground is a great spot when the kids want a break from the Water Park.

The playground is similar to those you see at Maccas, only bigger!  There’s a range of slides for big and little kids, climbing structures and more.   Some of the playground is under shade cloth too, which is great for protecting the kids from the sun.

It has soft fall rubber matting as its base in case of any trips or tumbles while playing.

Price: Free.

Opening Times: 7 am to dusk

Marine Discovery Centre

North Star Holiday Resort is home to one of Australia’s largest privately run museums, which has recently gone under a million dollar renovation. 

The Museum’s ultimate goal is to inspire and educate visitors of all ages on protecting our precious marine environment now and into the future. 

It is full of state of the art technology to help visitors understand and care for the aquatic environment. 

I recently attended one of these 2 hour sessions, and even I was surprised at how much I loved it!  This is not your boring old presentation – your guide will take you through a range of real life species under the microscope, as well as plenty of hands on activities.

Price: $13.00 per adult | $9.00 per child (3-12 years) | $34 per Family Pass (2A & 2C)

Opening Times: Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm. Extra sessions during May and the school holidays

Games Room

Tweens or teens looking for something else to do? 

North Star Holiday Resort has a large games room featuring a pool table, air hockey, pinball machines and old school arcade games. 

It’s a massive area, making it a great place for the kids to hang out with the new friends they’ve made.  Plus, it is a great alternative when the weather outside is not inviting.

Price: Nominal fee for some machines

Opening Times: Daily from 8 am to 9 pm

Tennis Courts

Fancy a game of tennis? 

North Star Holiday Resort boasts a full size tennis court and you can hire it for free.  Free balls and racquets are also available.

Bookings and equipment are available from the Leisure Centre.

Price: Free

Opening Times: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm

Adults Only Retreat

If the kids are busy at Neptune’s Castle and you’re looking for something to do – then the Seascape Leisure Centre has you covered!

Have a massage, get your hair done or swim some laps in the adult only pool. The Seascape Leisure Centre was definitely a highlight of our stay!  I’ve never come across anything like it – and I’ve stayed at plenty of holiday parks in my time! 

The Leisure Centre also has a well-equipped gym, so you can have a quick workout and finish it off in one of the three temperature controlled spas!

Times: 9 am to 5 pm daily. Extended hours during peak times.

Accommodation at North Star Holiday Resort

There is a huge range of accommodation options at North Star Holiday Resort.  You’ve got basic cabins to huge family villas that can sleep up to 10 people!  There is also a range of camping options too.

Below is a brief overview of the most popular accommodation options.

Tuscany Villas

For large families, extended families or multiple families travelling together – the Tuscany Villas are definitely the way to go!  There are only 7 of these Tuscany Villas, which are located at the front of the holiday, right outside the waterpark and close to the cafe, shop and beach access.

These villas are two storeys with three bedrooms (all with ensuites), with the ability to sleep up to 10 people.  There is a king bed in the master bedroom, a queen and bunks in the second bedroom, and two bunk beds in the last bedroom.

Downstairs you have the master bedroom, second bedroom, a small family room and kitchenette.  While upstairs, you have the 3rd bedroom, a huge kitchen, a family and dining room, and an outdoor area complete with BBQ.  Both levels have a spacious balcony with outdoor seating.

The villas are fully air conditioned and come with multiple TVs, laundry facilities and parking for one vehicle.

Tuscany Villas start at around $345 per night for a family of 4.

Coastal Cottages

Just behind the Tuscany Villas, you’ll find the gorgeous Coastal Cottages – this is where I stayed while at the North Star Holiday Park.  There are 8 Coastal Cottages which are well located with easy access to all the parks facilities.

The Coastal Cottages come with two bedrooms, accommodating up to 6 people.  There is a king bed in the master bedroom (with ensuite) and a queen bed and bunks in the second bedroom.

These cottages are fully self contained with a kitchen, laundry facilities, a small patio with BBQ, multiple TVs, lounge and dining area, air conditioning and parking for one vehicle.

The Coastal Cottages start at around $245 per night for a family of 4.

Grande Villas and Jubilee Lodges

There are 7 Grande Villas and 5 Jubilee Lodges which are older style accommodation options.  Both are centrally located within the holiday park, near the kids club, playground, games room and adults only retreat.

These villas and lodges come with two bedrooms, accommodating up to 6 people.  Both accommodation options have a king bed in the master bedroom, the Grande has a queen and bunks in the second bedroom, and the Jubille Lodges have two sets of bunk beds in the second bedroom.

Villas and Lodges come with just one bathroom, fully equipped kitchens, lounge and dining area, multiple TVs, patios with outdoor settings and BBQs, air conditioning and parking for one vehicle.

These Villas and Lodges start at around $245 per night for a family of 4.

Holiday Lodges

There are 9 Holiday Lodges which are also older style accommodation options.  These lodges are probably the least centrally located out of all the accommodation options – being at the front of the holiday park behind the campsites.  

The Holiday Lodges come with two bedrooms, accommodating up to 5 people.  They have a queen bed in the master bedroom and a single bed and set of bunks in the second bedroom.

There is just one bathroom in the Holiday Lodges, a fully equipped kitchen, lounge and dining area, multiple TVs, air conditioning and parking for one vehicle.

These Villas and Lodges start at around $210 per night for a family of 4.

Bunk Houses

The Bunk Houses are the perfect option for large families who need lots of space but don’t have the budget for the Tuscany Villas.  Coming with two bedrooms, yet able to accommodate up to 12 people, these offer excellent value for money.

The Bunk Houses have a queen and two sets of bunks in the main bedroom, while the second bedroom has three sets of bunk beds.   There are also two bathrooms, a kitchenette (with stovetop, fridge and microwave), a dining area, air conditioning and parking for one vehicle.

The Bunk Houses are centrally located within the holiday park, near the kids club, playground, games room and adults only retreat.

Bunk Houses start at around $174 per night for a family of 4.

Camp and Caravan Sites

For families on the road with their van, tent or swags, you’ll be pleased to know there are also camping options at North Star. All sites are beautifully manicured, with lush green grass or artificial grass.

Sites are all powered and come in a range of sizes, so regardless of whether you have a tent to pitch or a large motor home, you’re catered for.  Each site comes with a concrete slab, has access to Foxtel and parking for one car.

There are also 19 ensuite sites on the property which as well as a private shower, toilet and vanity, come with a picnic table too.

Powered sites start at around $88.50 per night for a family of 4 and ensuite sites start at around $102.50 per night for a family of 4.

Facilities at North Star Holiday Resort

As well as plenty to do and great accommodation – there are some great facilities on site to make your time at North Star Holiday Resort more comfortable and convenient.

Here is a brief overview of the facilities at the resort.

Ripples Licensed Cafe

Open seven days for breakfast (8 am to 11 am), lunch (11 am to 3 pm) and dinner (5 pm to 8 pm), Ripples Cafe is the perfect place to go when you don’t feel like cooking. 

Offering a wide choice of meals, they also stock a great selection of beers and wine, fresh local seafood and an ever-changing specials menu.

There is also the option for ordering ahead online and taking it away.  You can also order while lounging around the waterpark and your food and drinks will be delivered straight to your sun lounge!

Oh, and be sure to check what time happy hour is when you arrive!

Opening Times: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm 

Convenience Store

North Star Holiday Resort has an onsite Service Station and Convenience Store. So there really is no reason to leave the Park!

The store stocks basic groceries, gas bottle refills, as well as bait and tackle for the fishing fanatics. You can also get your fishing licence here too.

Opening Times: Daily from 6 am to 11 pm 

Camp Kitchen and BBQs

For those camping, across the park, you’ll find a full size camp kitchen, a smaller kitchenette, as well as a massive BBQ and seating area.

Between the various spaces, you’ll find multiple BBQs, full size gas ovens, a couple of stovetops, a fridge, sinks, a microwave and even a TV.

There are plenty of places to eat too, with picnic bench style seating across the different areas.

Opening Times: Daily from 7 am to 9 pm Sundays to Thursdays and until 10 pm Fridays and Saturdays.

Laundry

Just by the kitchenette, you’ll find a coin operated laundry for guests.  Perfect for those week long camping trips.

A wash cycle or dry cycle is $6.  There are ironing facilities too.

North Star Holiday Resort – Our Verdict

We’ve stayed at many holiday parks in our time and this is certainly one of the more unique ones!  This really is one of those places where you can unpack your bags and never leave.

Having a waterpark, with a waterslide and kids club in itself, is pretty awesome.  But the fact that the kids club is completely free and you can leave your kids there while you head off to the adults only area is excellent.  I’ve never come across a holiday park with all this on offer.

Now I do think North Star is better suited to younger school aged children – but nevertheless, I think the older kids will enjoy the water slide too.  However, there really isn’t much at the kids club for them.

The surrounding area of Hastings Point is just gorgeous too.  There’s plenty in the region to explore.  Definitely an excellent spot for a family holiday.

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We hope this guide has helped you want to book a stay at North Star – you won’t regret it!  Some other guides you may like are our Review of the Hosanna Farmstay, Things to in the Tweed with kids (coming soon) or our guide on the Gold Coast with kids.

 

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