Unique accommodation with an astronomical observatory
Entrance view from
New England Highway
A pair of wagon wheels at the
entrance of the access road
Green dinosaur at Ballandean
Railway Station
Coming from the north (Stanthorpe):
Drive New England Highway (southbound) from Stanthorpe
toward Tenterfield, NSW. After 20km (about 15 min drive) you get
to Ballandean and you will see a sign for 80km speed limit. Soon
after,  you will see a Vineyard Cottages & Cafe sign (1) on your
right. Take the exit lane (right lane) and you will find the entrance
to our gravel driveway on your right. The Guesthouse is 200m
north from the entrance, which has a set of wagon wheels (see a
picture below). If you see a green dinosaur (4) on your left, you
have missed the entrance!

(If you are to arrive after dark or a heavy truck is right behind
you, it may be easier to turn into Bents Road first and then make
a U-turn to return to the entrance.)

Coming from the south (Tenterfield):
Soon after you have entered Ballandean, you will see a post
office (6) on your left and a green dinosaur (4) and a railway
station (5) on your right, then a general store and Ballandean
State School (3). Our entrance is only 200m from there on your
(1) Vineyard Cottages & Cafe; (2) church;
(3) Ballandean State School; (4) green dinosaur;
(5) Ballandean Railway Station; (6) post office
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
28146 New England Highway, Ballandean, Queensland 4382, Australia
Email: twin-star@bigpond.com
Phone: 07 4684 1135
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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.

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.

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.