Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory

Stay & Stargazing! Escape to a unique astronomical adventure in Ballandean, Queensland, AUSTRALIA

Welcome to Twinstar

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.





Night Sky Tour

A free guided tour of the night sky is offered to our staying guests using a 46cm reflecting telescope housed in a 4.5m observatory dome. It starts at 20:30 nightly (weather permitting). Booking for the tour is not necessary. Guests are automatically invited.

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.

Convenient facilities are available for visual and photographic observers. These include a fenced-in observing deck, tables and chairs for your comfort, as well as access to mains power and extension cords for your equipment (booking required). Whether you are a casual observer or a professional photographer, this venue is designed to cater to your needs and provide the necessary amenities to enhance your experience. So, book your spot in advance and enjoy the convenience and comfort of our well-equipped observing deck while capturing breathtaking images or simply admiring the wonders of the night sky.

Astro-lover's Haven

We offer 3 comfortable & clean guest rooms with all ensuite & amenities you need for a relaxing stay. The Guesthouse can accommodate up to 6 guests in total 3 rooms.

  • 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 (no family rooms).


  • 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

  • Sorry, no pets!

Affordable and uniform room rates on any day of a year (the below rates are per room per night). The rates include the guided night sky tour at the observatory (the tour attendance is once per stay).

  • Single room: $95 (1 x Queen bed for 1 person)

  • Double room: $118 (1 x Queen bed for 2 people)

  • Twin room: $135 (1 X Queen bed & 1 x Single bed for 2 people)

  • Triple room: $155 (1 x Queen bed & 1 x Single bed for 3 people)

  • A family or group of 4: $236~253 for 2 rooms (no family/large room)

Affordable prices 365 days!

Home-cooked dinner delivered to your room

Delicious and healthy dinner (set menu) is delivered to your room at 19:00, if you book in advance (24-hour advance notice required).

$18 per adult

$12 per child (11-yr-old or under)

The menu changes daily. Example: Teriyaki chicken with rice & stir-fried veg; Pork cutlets with cooked veg & bread; Lamb curry with rice & salad; Japanese Dinner Box (fish, rice, veg, soup & dessert), etc.

*Note: No breakfast is available. Please bring your own supplies.

  • For enquiries use the Contact form below or email us with your preferred booking date(s), number of guests & rooms, required room types (single, double, twin or triple), requirement for our dinner and your mobile number. For bookings all names of staying guests are required.

  • Call us (phone: 07 4684 1135), if it's urgent or you don't receive an email reply from us within 24 hours.

  • Enquiries in Japanese language are no problem.

  • Deposit is not required for bookings.

  • Please do not make a room booking if you intend to cancel your booking because of unfavourable weather forecast.

  • Please consider a night sky tour as a bonus as it is dependent on weather. Plan your holiday including visits to National Parks, wineries, events and other attractions.

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

Booking & Payment


28146 New England Highway
Ballandean, Qld 4382 AUSTRALIA

7 days
8am - 8pm

Phone: 07 4684 1135 Mobile: 0409 655 713

Girraween National Park

Girraween, meaning ‘place of flowers’, is a park of massive granite outcrops, large angular tors, and precariously balanced boulders. Spectacular wildflower displays splash colour among the granite in spring. Visit the following Girraween National Park website for most comprehensive info about the NP. It is located only 15-drive from the Guesthouse.

Local Information

Near Twinstar Guesthouse in Ballandean

There are a general store & petrol, tavern, cafe, post office and pharmacy in a walking distance. Many local wineries/orchards are found in the surrounding area. Stanthorpe (15-min drive from the Guesthouse) has a wide range of restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and shops.

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