The team at North Star sadly announce the passing of owner Ian Beadel, who along with his wife Diana have been at the helm of the Hastings Point landmark resort since December 1980.
Ian was a highly respected and well-known businessman, mentor, stalwart of the caravan and camping industry, and friend to many across Australia and around the world.
Ian’s vision, drive, and passion to provide his guests with an unparalleled standard of service and facilities at North Star set new benchmarks for the industry. He was always generous with his time, and happy to share his knowledge with staff, individuals, and the wider tourism industry.
Ian founded the Australian Caravan Park Training School at North Star, which over the years trained thousands of prospective park managers and employees in the fundamentals of caravan park operations and management.
As a long-term member of the National Caravan Industry Steering Committee (CRVA), Ian was responsible for the introduction of Caravan Industry Traineeships. He also committed many years of service to several local Tweed tourism organisations and served as Chair of BIG4 Holiday Parks from 1996 to 2002.
Together Ian and Diana have devoted their life’s work to North Star. Their incredible story began over 40 years ago when the couple gave up farming life to pursue their dream of owning a caravan park. After viewing countless sites from Cairns to Tasmania, they arrived at Hastings Point.
Ian often referred to the park they came to inspect in 1981 as “little more than a swampy paddock”. It had a basic amenities block, no infrastructure or sewage, and just a couple of staff.
It was a far cry from ‘perfect’ but the Beadels were encouraged by the burgeoning Tweed Coast destination and the beautiful beach and estuary, just across the road. They immediately recognised its immense potential and without hesitation, bought it. The rest is history!
Today, North Star is the only 5-star rated holiday park in New South Wales and one of only two caravan parks in Australia with a 5-star rating in the nationally accredited Star Ratings program. The Beadels have continually upgraded and revitalised North Star, adding new facilities and attractions at every opportunity.
Over the years, North Star amassed a formidable tally of business and tourism awards, including twice winner of the prestigious Australian Tourism Awards for Excellence, Caravan and Camping Industry (CCIA) Awards, annual Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence, NSW Business Chamber Awards and for the past eight years, Holidays with Kids Top 10 Awards.
Best summed up in the words of the President of the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW, Theo Whitmont, “(Ian and Diana Beadel) have built possibly the best holiday park in Australia, piece by piece and year by year, ever-improving, always looking for ways to bring great holidays to Aussie families.”
Ian will be sadly missed by the close-knit team at North Star, whom Ian always referred to as “family”. His legacy will live on with Diana at the helm of the wonderful holiday playground that they so thoughtfully and tirelessly created over the past 40-plus years.