Unique Stanthorpe accommodation
TWINSTAR GUESTHOUSE & OBSERVATORY
B&B with an astronomical observatory
Girraween, meaning 'place of flowers', is a park of massive granite
outcrops. Spectacular wildflowers emerge from amongst the granite in
spring. Its eucalypt forests and heathlands support a diverse range of
birds. Wildflower season starts late August.
Twinstar Guesthouse &
Observatory is only 15 minutes
drive to
Girraween National Park
and conveniently located to visit
Bald Rock National Park and other  
parks on both sides of Qld & NSW
state border.
Boonoo Boonoo National Park
Spectacular river and gorge scenery and historic interest
Bald Rock National Park
The largest granite bolder in Australia;
spectacular panoramic views from the summit
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
28146 New England Highway, Ballandean,
Queensland 4382, Australia
Email: twin-star@bigpond.com
Phone/Fax: 07 4684 1135
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GIRRAWEEN NATIONAL PARK
Minor Planet (asteroid) Girraween
Asteroid Girraween is orbiting the Sun. It
travels around the sun taking 3.4 years to
make one round. Its diameter is estimated to
be 4.7 kilometres.         
     
Asteroid Girraween's orbit    
About Asteroid Girraween
LINKS
Girraween National Park:
The best website dedicated to
Girraween National Park
Images of Girraween NP:
Beautiful nature and wildlife
photography by Robert Ashdown
including images of Girraween NP
Birdwatching Australia:
A directory of Australian
birdwatching tours, bird clubs,
freelance-guides, bird-orientated
accommodation & reference
information.
“Common Wildflowers of
Girraween and Bald Rock
National Parks”
Book written by Peter and
Leith Woodall. Published by
Taita Publishers, Moorooka,
Qld.
Society for Growing Australian
Plants
Queensland Region, Inc.
Vision And Imagination.com  
Stunning photographic works by Garry
Schlatter
Also visit his
Girraween page
in Free photo guides
Climbers on the Pyramid
Boronia flowers
(
Boronia amabilis)
The Junction
The Sphinx
Flannel flowers (Actinotus helianthi)
OTHER NATIONAL PARKS
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.    
Granite Arch section of Girraween NP
Photo taken by Mr Paul Shelton, our guest from Canada
Free BBQ facilities  in the picnic area
Clean public toilets in the National Park
Girraween National Park provides well
equipped facilities which include free
barbeque cookers (electric), table &
bench, public toilets, an information
centre and car parks.

It is a great place for a picnic for a
whole family!