Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory

Ballandean, Southern Downs Area

Indicative Rate * AU$90 to AU$120

Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory is a unique motel-style B&B with an in-house astronomical observatory surrounded by beautiful gardens.

A free guided "Night Sky Tour" is offered from a private 4.5m fibre-glass observatory every night from 20:30 (weather permitting). The tour introduces visitors to star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, planets and the moon under dark rural skies with a large 46cm reflecting telescope.

The Guesthouse has 3 guest rooms with its own entrance off the veranda. Each room has a reverse cycle air-conditioner, toilet & shower, microwave, toaster, TV, DVD, fridge and a queen bed. Continental breakfast is included in the tariff and placed in each room on the day before. The optional dinner is available at only $15 pp (24-hour advance booking is required).

Located on the New England Highway in Ballandean, 15 minutes drive from Stanthorpe and 40 minutes from Tenterfield, Twinstar Guesthouse & Observatory is an ideally base for visits to Girraween and Bald Rock National Parks. A number of wineries and orchards are found within short distances.

Internet Access

  • Free Wifi

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Non Smoking Establishment

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.
28146 New England Highway
Ballandean, Southern Downs Area
Queensland
Australia

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Porcupine Gorge National Park

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Free Entry
In this park, towering sandstone cliffs and lush vine-forest fringing Porcupine Creek provide a striking contrast with surrounding flat plains. Porcupine Gorge is an impressive canyon that has been carved into the landscape by the eroding action of Porcupine Creek, revealing strata of sedimentary rocks spanning hundreds of millions of years.

Basalt Byways

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Free Entry
The Basalt Byway is a four wheel drive track winding between the landscapes north of Hughenden. This track takes you on a journey through some amazing country, featuring rolling walls of basalt, creating deep meandering valleys.

Historic Coolabah Tree

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Free Entry
The Historic Coolabah Tree is situated past the causeway on the right as you head to the Hughenden Showgrounds. It is of immense historical importance as it is linked to two relief expeditions searching for the Burke and Wills Expedition.

Lake Fred Tritton

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Free Entry
In 2004 Lake Fred Tritton won the State and National Heart Foundation Awards for offering a better quality of life for people living in rural communities. The lake has provided Richmond locals and visitors the opportunity to participate in water sports such as fishing, skiing, canoeing and jet skiing - not normally found in small remote inland communities.

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Free Entry
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Free Entry
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Stamford

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Hughenden

Hughenden, Flinders Area
Visit 'Hughie', the seven-metre Muttaburrasaurus and an impressive fossil collection at the Flinders Discovery Centre. While you are there, relive the glory days of sheep production and its subsequent demise in the 'Shearing Straggler' exhibit.

Richmond

Richmond, Richmond Area
Imagine being in a place so diverse, so vast, you feel an indescribable sense of freedom. From the plains of the downs country to the silvery shimmer of the sun shining on the gidgee trees in the forest country, Richmond is often referred to as an oasis in the Outback.

Corfield

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A tiny historic Outback town it may be, with its resident population of seven, but it has a big heart. A former Cobb and Co Coach staging point, Corfield is the social centre for local graziers and their families.
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