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Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory

Unique Ballandean accommodation with stargazing facilities
Opening at 08:00 tomorrow
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2 months ago
Loved staying here. Room was clean and tidy. Host were very friendly and helpful. Garden and surrounds were beautiful. The included night sky talk and star viewing was incredible. Breakfast was well worth the price. Location is close to Girraween national Park and many Ballandean wineries.
- Samantha W
5 months ago
Room is clean, shower water is strong and the location is good. It is a bit difficult to find the entrance because it is not a proper paved road. The stargazing is fantastic. The male owner Eji is really an enthusiast and is very knowledgeable with astronomy. Under his guidance, we watched couple stars including Mars, Saturn and Moon. Highly recommend. The price is very reasonable too.
- Wade L
a week ago
We stayed at the Twinstar last weekend and very much enjoyed the stay. The hosts, Eiji and Naomi, are welcoming and friendly. The room was spotlessly clean and very comfortable with lots of thoughtful little touches provided. Continental breakfasts and dinners are available though we only ordered the breakfasts. We got a good selection of cereals, bread for toast and toppings. The price for the breakfast was very reasonable also. As part of our stay, we attended an information tour and night sky viewing with Eiji’s reflector telescope. Eiji has a wealth of knowledge of the night sky and we enjoyed the tour very much. If you are interested in stargazing, I’m sure you will enjoy this tour. Cathy and John
- John 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.  



  • 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). 

  • 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

*From 1 July 2023 the rates of some rooms will increase: Double $118, Twin $135 and Triple $155. Single will be the same. 

  • 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! 

  • 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. 

*From 1 July 2023 the cost of breakfast will increase to $9 pp. Dinner will be the same. 

  • Email us 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).

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

  • 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



Watch 2-minute introductory video of Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory.

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  • (07) 4684 1135
  • 0409 655 713


Get directions
28146 New England Highway
Ballandean QLD 4382

Opening 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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