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Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory

Unique Ballandean accommodation with stargazing facilities
Opening at 8:00 AM
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Testimonials

4 months ago
This is our second time staying here so I am probably biased! This place is run very well, super clean and has beautiful grounds. The best part is the star gazing for free (weather permitting) at night! Naomi and Eiji are the best hosts in the world and make your stay super pleasant. Wineries, cheese factories and so much more all with 30 mins.
- Craig G
4 weeks ago
We had a wonderful stay at Twinstar guesthouse with Naomi and Eiji being great hosts Totally enjoyed the whole experience. The room was spotless and everything was extremely well organized. The dinner was delicious. Eiji opened up the night sky for us in the observatory which was an amazing bonus. .Exceptional value and we look forward to coming back in winter so we can see Saturn and Jupiter.
- Wayne S
3 months ago
Happened to come across this gem. Very clean room of good standard. If you like to look at the stars through a telescope with a host that knows a lot about them then you must visit. Wonderful.
- Stacey G

Stay & Enjoy a Guided Stargazing Tour

Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory is unique motel-style accommodation with an astronomical observatory surrounded by many wineries and orchards on the Granite Belt. The Guesthouse provides an ideal base for visits to national parks (Girraween, Bald Rock and Sundown NPs), bird-watching and wildflower viewing.  

<日本人の皆様へ>
ツインスター・ゲストハウス&オブザーバトリーは、ご宿泊のお客様に光害の少ない夜空で天体観望や撮影をお楽しみ頂けるよう施設を整えております。宿泊者は裏庭のドームで20:30から行う「ナイトスカイツアー」に無料で参加(滞在中一度のみ)頂けます。

また、遮光塀に囲まれた専用の土地に観望や撮影に必要な設備があり、アマチュア天文愛好家の皆様は、これらの設備や一部の器材を無料でご利用頂けます(要予約)。お問い合わせは、日本語でもお受けしておりますので、お気軽にメールでお尋ね下さい。

Email: twin-star@bigpond.com

ROOMS:
  • A total of 3 rooms & max 6 guests.
  • Room 1: 1 x Queen & 1 x Single bed
  • Room 2: 1 x Queen & 1 x Single bed
  • Room 3: 1 x Queen bed
  • A family or group of 4 needs to take 2 rooms. 

ROOM RATES:
  • Affordable and uniform on any day of a year: $95 single (for 1 person), $115 double (for 2 people), $130 twin (for 2 people) and $150 triple room (for 3 people). 
  • A family or group of 4: $230~260 for 2 rooms

FEATURES: 
  • Each room has an air-con, own bathroom (toilet & shower), fridge, microwave, toaster, basic cutlery, tea/coffee making facilities, wardrobe, iron, hair dryer, shampoo, soap, towels, linens and own entrance.   
  • Free undercover parking
  • Free Wifi (7:00~22:30)
  • Check-in time after 15:00, Check-out time 10:00

MEALS
  • Optional in-room meals are available (Booking required).
  • Continental breakfast: $7 pp (adult & child). Breakfast is placed in a room on the day before.
  • Dinner $18 per adult $12 per child. Dinner (set menu) is delivered to room at 19:00.

BOOKING:
  • Email us twin-star@bigpond.com with your preferred booking date(s), number of guests & rooms, all names of staying guests, required room type (single, double, twin or triple), requirement for meals and your mobile number.  
  • Enquiries in Japanese language are no problem. 
  • Call us (phone: 07 4684 1135), if it's urgent or you don't receive a reply from us to your email enquiry. 
  • Deposit is not required. 

PAYMENT:
  • Cash, EFTPOS & credit cards (Visa, Master, Diners, Amex & JCB) are accepted (no surcharge).

NIGHT SKY TOUR: 
  • A free guided tour of the night sky is offered to our staying guests using a 47cm reflecting telescope housed in a 4.5m observatory dome. It starts at 20:30 nightly (weather permitting).
  • No more than 6 guests are allowed to maximise individual viewing time. The tour is offered only once per stay and exclusively for staying guests. The public cannot join the tour.  

FOR AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS
  • Convenient facilities are provided for visual and photographic observers including a fenced-in observing deck, observing equipment and tables & chairs (booking required). 
  • Equipment available for use includes 16-inch & 10-inch Dobsonians, binocular telescopes and 240-volt mains power sources at no cost.

LOCATION: 
  • 15 km from popular Girraween NP
  • 20 km south of Stanthorpe on New England Hwy at Ballandean
  • 40km north of Tenterfield, NSW
  • 3 hour drive from Brisbane
  • 4 hour drive from Gold Coast

LOCAL INFORMATION

OBSERVATORIES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 
IN QUEENSLAND & NEW SOUTH WALES

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Contact Us

Contact

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  • (07) 4684 1135
  • 0409 655 713

Address

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28146 New England Highway
Ballandean QLD 4382
Australia

Business Hours

Mon:8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tue:8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wed:8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thu:8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Fri:8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sat:8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sun:8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
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