Unique Stanthorpe accommodation
B&B with an astronomical observatory
Dining facilities & services available
around Twinstar Guesthouse &
Observatory (within 10km radius)

1.The Cellar Door Cafe at Mason Wines (Lunch
& wine tasting) Phone: 07 4684 1341
Currently closed!

Vineyard Cottages & Cafe (Lunch & dinner)
Phone: 07 4684 1270

3.  Ballandean General Store (petrol & shop)
Phone: 07 4684 1103

Le Bele (Cafe & Antiques)
Open 7 days

5.  Ballandean Tavern (Lunch, dinner & pub)
Phone: 07 4684 1044

Hidden Creek Winery & Cafe (Lunch & wine)
Phone: 4684 1383 Outside the map on Eukey
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
28146 New England Highway, Ballandean,
Queensland 4382, Australia
Email: twin-star@bigpond.com
Phone: 07 4684 1135
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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.

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

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.    
Stanthorpe accommodation; Ballandean accommodation;
Unique B&B accommodation in Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt in Queensland, Australia
Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory
Apple & Grape Harvest Festival
Next: 1st weekend of March 2018 at Stanthorpe

The festival, held biennially, is a celebration of the Granite Belt region's
produce and booming wine industry. It is voted an iconic Qld event and
one of Qld's longest running & most successful event.

Highlights include the Gala Ball, street parade and mardi gras, wine and
food fiesta, and a range of sporting and family activities.
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