The Marine Discovery Centre at North Star Holiday Resort is one place where kids can learn more about the aquatic environment.
Now more than ever, in a post-COVID world, people are wanting more than just a ‘flop and drop’ holiday. Parents, in particular, want to provide more meaningful experiences for their children when they go away. The Marine Discovery Centre at North Star Holiday Resort on the Tweed Coast is one place where kids can learn a bit more about the world they live in while on vacation. One of Australia’s largest privately funded museums, the Centre’s primary focus is teaching people how they can play a role in protecting and safeguarding our precious marine environment for future generations. The recently refurbished centre showcases state-of-the-art light and sound technology. It is fitted with interactive digital terminals and world-class marine and coastal science displays designed to enhance the learning experience.
The Centre, at Hastings Point, provides important information about the aquatic environment, its inhabitants and vital eco-systems, and teaches visitors about the challenges of climate change, marine litter, plastic waste, pollutants and fishing. The history of the centre dates back 60 years, when marine biologist, Ted Brambleby, began collecting marine specimens and displaying them from the boot of his car, driving coastal roads and stopping to educate beachgoers, scuba divers and snorkellers along the way. In 1999, Ted joined forces with teacher and business partner, Kerrie Trees, to host camps and day visits for students, teachers, community groups and holidaymakers at Hastings Point Caravan Park. In 2008, proprietors of North Star, Ian and Diana Beadel, allocated space in their resort’s Seascape Building so Ted and Kerrie could set up their displays for a token rent of $1 per year. Fast forward to 2021 and the Beadels funded the latest refurbishment at a cost of $1.3 million, to ensure the facility’s longevity. North Star has also been awarded Eco-Tourism Australia certification, which is recognised through the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, with more than 50 environmental or sustainable initiatives. It is one of only two holiday parks in NSW to achieve the certification.
Learn about natural history at the Marine Discovery Centre at North Star Holiday Resort