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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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