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R&R was the order of the weekend for Tracey and her family, and Big 4 North Star Holiday Resort delivered.

boronia-ave-van-5Big 4 North Star Holiday Resort at Hastings Point on the Tweed Coast is a fantastic holiday destination for families. My family and I are well-equipped to make a statement of that nature after our recent short break there. We entered the newly upgraded and refurbished resort grounds well in need of some R&R in our busy lives and what we left with was recharged batteries and some wonderful family memories.

We arrived late Thursday evening and as soon as we arrived we knew the weekend was going to be fun. While the hubby and I unpacked the car, the boys got straight on their bikes to explore the park. Our accommodation was fantastic. While there are several accommodation options available, including powered camping sites, cabins and chalets, we were stayed in the Tuscany Villas. Our villa was great. Spread across two storeys with three bedrooms that can sleep up to 10 people, this 4.5-star villa was well appointed and gave us all the creature comforts of home including TV with Foxtel, aircon throughout, a kitchen with modern cooking facilities and a private balcony complete with barbecue. The boys loved their bunk beds while hubby and I enjoyed the luxury and space the king-size bed offered.

img_9128We woke to a glorious Friday morning and headed straight to Ripples Café where a buffet breakfast is served daily. The food was delicious and the service was very good. Ripples Café is licensed and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. With full tummies, we headed off to Sammy’s Adventure Lagoon – Big 4 North Star’s famous water park. This water playground is truly heaven for kids! The two-storey Aqua Play structure has four waterslides, 65 interactive water features and Australia’s first water piano. Our boys loved the colourful maze of water slides and water cannons as well as the ‘Big Dripper’ – a 600-litre bucket that fills with water from two giant 3D fibreglass fish and dumps a cascade into the play area of Sammy’s Adventure Lagoon every six minutes. The pools are heated and there was plenty of shady seating and sun beds to relax on while watching the kids.

We headed back to our villa for a barbecue lunch on our balcony but the boys’ excitement for the games room had us quickly back out and about in the afternoon where we set up at the pool table and ping pong table. The boys headed to Neptune’s Castle Kids’ Club which they loved – I mean, who wouldn’t love a three-level spiral slide, ball pit, mirror maze, flying fox and themed activities as well as arts and crafts? The Kids’ Club even hosted a disco on the Friday night and the boys had a ball dancing and playing games with their new friends.

neptunes-new-9On the Saturday, in between more water park and kids’ club fun, hubby and I headed to Seascape Leisure Centre to enjoy some well-deserved, adults-only R&R. Knowing the boys were well looked after in the Kids’ Club made it easy for us both to slip into relaxation mode.

We were all a little sad on Sunday when it came time to pack up and head home, but ever-grateful for the Big 4 North Star breather we had from the daily grind. Our overall experience was excellent from the moment we arrived until the moment we left.

Visit www.northstar.com.au

Words // Tracey Wilson

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