Unique accommodation with an astronomical observatory
Musk Lorikeet
Near Wallangarra in April 2015.
(c) 2015 Trevor Andersen
Colourful butterflies and bees are
busy collecting nectar from flowers
in our gardens.
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 Stanthorpe
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
Frogs, butterflies, bees, reptiles and
many others

A variety of frogs also take residence in our
gardens. You will hear their beautiful chorus
before or after rain.

You may have a surprise encounter with a
cute-looking frog while strolling in our garden.
Male spotted pardalote
Ornate Burrowing frog
Eastern Dwarf Treefrog
Spotted Turtle Dove
Broad Palmed Rocketfrog
Red Winged Parrots
King Parrots
Eastern Pobblebonk
It appears after the summer storm. Its
distinctive call is "bonk" at repeated
Dainty Swallowtail (picture left)
This beautiful butterfly loves
Buddleia flowers. No wonder they are
also called "butterfly bush".
Blue-tongued Skink
When threatened, blue tongues open their mouth and stick out
their broad blue tongue, hence the name "Blue-tongue Skink".
Our Garden is a paradise, too!

The Twinstar garden is also
teeming with feathery residents
such as fairy wrens, double-barred
finches, eastern spinebills, grey
fantails, silvereyes and a variety of

Red-winged parrots are our
regular visitors with king parrots
and eastern rosellas occasionally
joining them.
Green Treefrog
This striking green-coloured treefrog visited
us after rain in spring.
White Caper (pictutre right)
White capers are migratory
butterflies and they suddenly appear
with a large numbers and move to
the coast within a few days. .
Bird Watcher's Paradise!

The Twinstar Guesthouse is
surrounded by open forests,
vineyard, orchard and national
parks, which are very popular
among bird lovers.

These beautiful bird photographs
were taken by our guests in the
local area.  
Female Jabiru
(Black-necked Stork)
Female has yellow eyes, whereas
male has black eyes.
(c) 2016 Sean Nolan
Eastern Spinebill
(c) 2016 Sean Nolan
Red-rumped Parrot
This parrot is often seen at the
local vineyards.
(c) 2016 Sean Nolan
Turqoise Parrot
(c) 2016 Sean Nolan
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
(c) 2016 Sean Nolan
Bee Fly
A bee fly looks like a bee, but this insect
belongs to the Order Diptera. It has only one
pair of wings to fly instead of two pairs of
wings used by most other flying insects.
Sand Goanna
Goannas are living dinosaurs as they have not
changed their shapes much from ancient times.
They use long forked tongues to pick up
chemicals in the air and on the ground for
searching food.