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Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory

Unique Ballandean accommodation with stargazing facilities (07) 4684 1135 E:
Open today until 20:00
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a month ago
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. I have recommended it to every person I know. Excellent value for money, rooms are gorgeous, clean and the star gazing tour was phenomenal. Much to do, we visited the national park which was a little drive up the road including heavenly chocolate, soap factory around the corner and just the town. Great views. One of our favourite stays.
- Ray J
5 months ago
From our first contact with Naomi via E-mail I was impressed with her professional and welcoming manner. Our stay has been the “ total experience”, you definitely need to experience staying here and find out for yourselves, all the wonderful feedback in reviews I happily agree with, 20 years anniversary!! Naomi & Eiji Congratulations, they have a winning formula that others in the industry could definitely learn from. Very memorable, thank you.
- Deborah N
5 months ago
We had a very enjoyable experience, our room was comfortable and clean and the meals were delicious. It was good to be able to set up our equipment for stargazing and we really enjoyed the guided stargazing experience in the observatory. We will definitely be back soon.
- Kay A

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 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

  • 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: $9 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. 

*Note: No breakfast is available from 1 January 2024. Please bring your own supplies. Dinner continues to be offered as usual, if required. 

  • 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
  • 3.5-hour-drive from Gold Coast



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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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