|Unique accommodation with an astronomical observatory
TWINSTAR GUESTHOUSE & OBSERVATORY
|Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
28146 New England Highway, Ballandean,
Queensland 4382, Australia
Phone: 07 4684 1135
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|Local attractions/things to do in the area
visit the following websites:
Southern Downs and Granite Belt Regional Tourism
Tenterfield Information Centre
Tenterfield Business & Tourism Info
|Clean & affordable B&B
with an observatory
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.
|Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
|Apple & Grape Harvest Festival
Next: 1st weekend March 2020 at Stanthorpe
The festival, held biennially, is a celebration of the Granite Belt region's produce and
booming wine industry. It is voted an iconic Qld event and one of Qld's longest
running & most successful event.
Highlights include the Gala Ball, street parade and mardi gras, wine and food fiesta,
and a range of sporting and family activities.
For more information, visit www.appleandgrape.org
|Ballandean Pyramid (picture left)
Local attraction on Jaconsens Road. You cannot climb, as it is
on a private property. But you can take a photo. Do not mistake
this with the Pyramid, natural formation in the nearby Girraween
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.
|(c) 2017 Peter Johnson
At an altitude 800~950m, the Stanthorpe and Ballandean area,
known as the Granite Belt, is frequently "the coldest area" in
Queensland. From frosty winter to fresh summer, the area
displays four distinctive seasons with unique characters. The
picture below was taken in July 2016 when light snow was
covered on the Ballandean Dinosaur and the surrounding