Unique Stanthorpe accommodation
TWINSTAR GUESTHOUSE & OBSERVATORY
B&B with an astronomical observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation for astronomy enthusiasts and nature lovers
Ideal B&B for bird-watching, bush-walking, and visits to Girraween and Bald Rock National Parks
Uniform rates throughout year
(No higher rates for Easter, Christmas
and other public holidays!)
Free guided tour of night sky
(Max 6 people, no booking req)
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Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
28146 New England Highway (PO Box 51), Ballandean,
Queensland 4382, Australia
Email: twin-star@bigpond.com
Phone: 07 4684 1135
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Girraween National Park
Spectacular wild flowers
at Girraween National Park
Girraween is an Aboriginal word
meaning "place of flowers". You will
see beautiful displays of wild flowers
such as Boronia (above) in the NP.
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Friendly & Comfortable Stanthorpe
Accommodation B&B with a unique
astronomical observatory!
Unique Stanthorpe
Accommodation
Clean & affordable B&B
with an observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
General Information about Stanthorpe and Ballandean

History of Stanthorpe & Ballandean
Allan Cunningham, who is a botanist and explorer, discovered the country where Stanthorpe is located. Stanthorpe was founded by tin minors, who
came from many countries to mine tin since the "tin rush" in early 1872. Stanthorpe literary means "tin town", as Stannum is Latin for "tin" and
thorpe is Middle English for "town."

While the first (table) grapes were planted at Ballandean around 1840, it was not until 1931 that they were used to make wine. Since then, wineries
gradually have grown to emerge and Ballandean is now recognised as a premier wine producing region on the Granite Belt.

Climate
At an altitude 800~950m, the Stanthorpe and Ballandean area, also known as the Granite Belt,  is frequently "the coldest area" in Queensland.
From frosty winter to fresh summer, this area displays four distinctive seasons with unique characters.

Industry
The main industry today includes agriculture such as apple / stone fruits / vegetable productions, and cattle / sheep grazing. Recently, the
Stanthorpe and Ballandean area is the centre of a booming wineries with more than 50 wineries. Wine and tourism are very important part of the
area's economy. There are great national parks nearby including Girraween National Park, where visitors can marvel at massive granite outcrops
and balancing boulders. A wide range of accommodation places from caravan parks, B&Bs, motels, guesthouses to luxury cottages can be found
in Stanthorpe and Ballandean.    
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
28146 New England Highway, Ballandean, Queensland 4382,
Australia
Email: twin-star@bigpond.com
Phone: 07 4684 1135
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Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
The southern Milky Way and ISS
over the observatory dome under moonlight
(C) 2013 Yusuke Habu
Star trails over the Guesthouse
(C) 2015 Yusuke Habu
Luscious Summer
Our garden is full of greens and flowers in
summer. We are busy with picking harvest
from veg gardens.  Average temperature in
summer (Dec - Feb) is from 15 to 32 degrees.
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Bird watcher's heaven:
Diamond Firetail (
Stagonopleura guttata)
The local areas around Twinstar are very
popular for bird watchers. The photo on the left
was taken by our guest, a keen bird
photographer. (c) 2016 Sean Nolan
Night Sky Tour (photo right)
Guided stargazing tour by a large
telescope is conducted every night
from 20:30 at the 4.5m observatory
(weather permitting). Free activity for
all staying guests.
(c) 2017 Akio Nakanishi
Optional $15 Dinner
(24-hour advance booking required)
delivered to each room.at 19:00
Adult $15 Child $10
Optional Breakfast only $5 pp
(24-hour advance booking required)
delivered to each room on the day before
Clean & cosy rooms
with a reverse cycle air-con &
Free Wi-Fi
2-min introductory video of
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Twinstar News
The best time to view the three major
planets of our Solar System
during the Night Sky Tour


Jupiter: mid-April - end of July
(Closest in April - June)
Saturn: early June - end of September
(Closest in June - July)
Mars: early July - end of Novermber
(Closest in July - August)