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Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory

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

a month ago
A wonderful place to stay with clean, simple motel-style rooms. The night sky tour was fantastic. Excellent value for money. Highly recommended!
- Mia S
a year 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
a year ago
Heavenly! Very so lucky as the sky was very clear. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay here because I am into stars! The talk by Eiji on stargazing was excellent. I learnt so much. It was fantastic to see the stars and galaxies using the telescope. My favourite was the jewellery box star cluster. Amazing! I think we had so many questions that Eiji patiently answered. I was definitely rugged up as it was a cool night. The food was very nice too. We had the Japanese set meal -minshuku.. The accommodation was very clean and reception excellent. I will definitely pop in again as I wouldn’t mind seeing some planets
- J B

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器材を置けるコンクリート台があり、アマチュア天文愛好家の皆様は電源、テーブル、延長コードなど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、Eメールでお尋ね下さい。Email: twin-star@bigpond.com 

所在地はオーストラリア、クィーンズランド州南西部、バランディーンです。最寄りの国際空港はブリスベン、そこから車で約3時間の道のりです。またゴールドコースト空港も利用でき、そこからは車で約3時間半です。車の運転が不安な方は、ブリスベンから長距離バスを利用する方法もあります。詳細はこちらをご覧ください。
 
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 (no family rooms). 

ROOM RATES:
  • Affordable and uniform on any day of a year (the below rates are per room per night)
  • Single $95 (1 x Queen bed for 1 person)
  • Double $115 (1 x Queen bed for 2 people)
  • Twin $130 (1 X Queen bed & 1 x Single bed for 2 people)
  • Triple $150 (1 x Queen bed & 1 x Single bed 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
  • Sorry, no pets! 

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 your room at 19:00. 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. 

BOOKING ENQUIRIES:
  • Email us twin-star@bigpond.com with your preferred booking date(s), number of guests & rooms, required room types (single, double, twin or triple), requirement for meals 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. 
  • Please do not make a room booking if you intend to cancel your booking because of unfavourable weather forecast.
  • 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 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.  

FOR AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS

  • Convenient facilities are provided for visual and photographic observers including a fenced-in observing deck, tables & chairs, mains power, extension cords, etc. (booking required). 

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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