Unique Stanthorpe accommodation
TWINSTAR GUESTHOUSE & OBSERVATORY
B&B with an astronomical observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation for astronomy enthusiasts and nature lovers
Ideal Ballandean B&B for bird-watching, bush-walking, and visits to Girraween and Bald Rock National Parks
No minimum stay
Uniform rates throughout year
Reverse cycle air-con
Complimentary breakfast
Free guided tour of night sky
Free wireless internet (1 hour)
Seniors/Carer Card holders &
Pensioners: 5% discount
until 30 June 2014
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Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
28146 New England Highway (PO Box 51), Ballandean,
Queensland 4382, Australia
Email: twin-star@bigpond.com
Phone: 07 4684 1135
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Friendly & Comfortable Stanthorpe
Accommodation B&B with a unique
astronomical observatory!
Unique Stanthorpe
Accommodation
Clean & affordable B&B
with an observatory
Explore the night sky by yourself!
We have two large binocular telescopes for our
guests. These telescopes are very easy to use
even for beginning star gazers.
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
General Information about Stanthorpe and Ballandean

History of Stanthorpe & Ballandean
Allan Cunningham, who is a botanist and explorer, discovered the country where Stanthorpe is located. Stanthorpe was founded by tin minors,
who came from many countries to mine tin since the "tin rush" in early 1872. Stanthorpe literary means "tin town", as Stannum is Latin for "tin" and
thorpe is Middle English for "town."

While the first (table) grapes were planted at Ballandean around 1840, it was not until 1931 that they were used to make wine. Since then,
wineries gradually have grown to emerge and Ballandean is now recognised as a premier wine producing region on the Granite Belt.

Climate
At an altitude 800~950m, the Stanthorpe and Ballandean area, also known as the Granite Belt,  is frequently "the coldest area" in Queensland.
From frosty winter to fresh summer, this area displays four distinctive seasons with unique characters.

Industry
The main industry today includes agriculture such as apple / stone fruits / vegetable productions, and cattle / sheep grazing. Recently, the
Stanthorpe and Ballandean area is the centre of a booming wineries with more than 50 wineries. Wine and tourism are very important part of the
area's economy. There are great national parks nearby including Girraween National Park, where visitors can marvel at massive granite outcrops
and balancing boulders. A wide range of accommodation places from caravan parks, B&Bs, motels, guesthouses to luxury cottages can be found
in Stanthorpe and Ballandean.    
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
28146 New England Highway, Ballandean, Queensland 4382,
Australia
Email: twin-star@bigpond.com
Phone: 07 4684 1135
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Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
The southern Milky Way and ISS
over the observatory dome under moonlight
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The Tarantula Nebula
A gigantic gas cloud in the Large
Magellanic Cloud, a nearby galaxy
Cool Autumn
Refreshing cool air heralds the arrival of
Autumn, one of the most comfortable
seasons on the Granite Belt.
Omega Globular Cluster
One of the most spectacular cluster of stars in
the southern sky.