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Hitting the jackpot

BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort

Emily Toxward discovers what makes BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort the gem of the Tweed Coast.

You know you’ve hit the holiday jackpot when your five-year-old child declares that they never want to go home. It certainly wouldn’t take this mum of three much convincing to stay and live by the seaside here at Hastings Point on the beautiful Tweed Coast.

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Just add water

A much-loved surf beach, Hastings Point is home to BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort, our digs for the next few days. This amenity-rich holiday park is just a short stroll to the beach and minutes from the waterfront villages of Cabarita and Pottsville.

Within minutes of arriving, our kids have explored every nook of the outside playground and indoor games room and beg us to let them loose in Sammy’s Adventure Lagoon. They have a ball under the tipping buckets and sprayers and the boys love racing down the dual slides into the swimming pool.

While the kids play under hubby’s watchful gaze, I make a stealthy escape to our nearby Tuscany Villa to nab the best bed. With three bedrooms and three bathrooms set across two levels, I happily declare downstairs a kid-free zone… well, except for the use of the spa bath adjoining the King suite.

I’m happy to find the villas have full kitchen facilities and a washer and dryer, which will help me keep up with the endless washing my children will undoubtedly generate. The villa has stacks of space and could easily accommodate two families or grandparents who can be convinced to join in and help with babysitting duties.

Stacks of site options

We usually camp in a massive tent so were eager to check out the other options at BIG4 North Star. There are a variety of lodges, cabins, chalets and villas, and we love that the camping and caravan sites feature AstroTurf. Most of the sites also have leafy palm trees to offer shade and privacy from neighbours.

Ingeniously there are ensuite sites meaning trips with a dodgy torch to the loo at night can be avoided; a fabulous solution for those of us with little ones or those with special needs. The communal cooking area offers plenty of undercover seating so campers can keep an eye on roaming kids. As we survey the wide sealed roads we wish we’d thought to bring the kids’ bikes or scooters.

We outsource dinner to Ripples Licensed Cafe; it’s on site and offers a takeaway menu for campers who want the night off barbecue duties. The kids’ menu is cheap and cheerful, with ice-cream included. Come morning, I have to restrain my children (and husband) from stacking 24 hash browns on their plates at the well-priced buffet breakfast.