Australia is the sixth largest country on the planet with a booming tourism trade worth in excess of 60 billion AUS dollars annually. Brits account for 8% of all visitors down under and we make the long journey down-under for a number of reasons; the weather, the people and, being such a vast country, the varied wildlife and landscapes.
But there’s more to Australia than beautiful beaches, blue skies and bucket-list experiences—it is also home to some world class casinos. We’ve drawn together a list of some of the best the country has to offer. It’s not called the Lucky Country for nothing!
Crown Melbourne, Vic
If you think casinos with that wow factor are limited to the United States, think again. Crown Melbourne is the largest casino in the southern hemisphere, holding a license for 540 table games and 2500 poker machines.
Located on the southern bank of the Yarra river in Melbourne, the resort cuts an imposing silhouette on the skyline. Within the 500,000 square metre complex are three hotels, spas, restaurants, nightclubs and bars.
Melbourne’s a fantastically vibrant city, with a bustling arts scene and great nightlife. And with the Crown Melbourne also in its repertoire, it’s a must add to your travel itinerary.
Mindil Beach Casino Resort Darwin, NT
With its palm lined beaches and technicolour sunsets, Mindil Beach Casino might be the most picturesque backdrop for a flutter you can find. The casino floor boasts over 600 gaming machines with denominations ranging from one cent to one dollar; you’re bound to find something fitting for your level.
Table games include roulette, blackjack, poker and a money wheel and there’s a VIP gaming area for the high rollers. The venue also hosts the lottery-like Keno events, touted as the territory’s biggest game. Like bingo, it’s great fun for groups of friends.
After croc spotting in the breath-taking Kakadu national park, head to Darwin for a dose of civilisation and Mindil Beach for the sea and sunset. But in a setting as idyllic as this, if you can’t pull yourself away from the shoreline, you might just end up playing Live Casino games online from your deckchair!
The Star Sydney, NSW
The second largest casino in Australia after Melbourne’s Crown, The Star provides all the usual popular casino card and dice games, and roulette tables. Weekly poker tournaments are hosted and even the unexpectedly entertaining addition of competitive mahjong—a four player contest sitting somewhere between a card game and dominoes—with cash prizes for the winners.
The Star screams luxury and is a great destination to get dressed up and experience one of the several high-end restaurants on the premises before taking to the bright lights of the casino floor. If you want to extend your stay there, Sydney’s only five star boutique hotel, The Darling is part of the complex as well as an eleven treatment room spa.
Wrest Point Casino Hobart, Tas
Historic Wrest Point, situated in the Sandy Bay suburb of Hobart on the island of Tasmania was the first casino to receive a license in Australia in 1973. The building also comprises a four star hotel and award winning revolving restaurant.
The first legal casino in Australia boasts a full complement of table and electronic games, tournaments and promotions with both high and low stakes games on offer.
SkyCity Casino Adelaide, SA
Situated to the north of the city centre, SkyCity occupies the heritage-listed Adelaide railway station building. A 2017 development added a modern gold mirrored expansion to the rear which makes for an interesting architectural contrast.
Patrons can enjoy 90 tables and 950 gaming machines over two levels at South Australia’s only licensed casino. And to enjoy games on a bigger scale you can also join in on one of the automated table games stadiums, where live dealers are broadcast on huge screens.
Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino Gold Coast, Qld
Cutting a similar silhouette to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, the Gold Coast’s showpiece on the Nerang river has all the glamour and exclusivity of its American lookalike. 10 million visitors flock to the casino complex every year which includes a ballroom, a 2,000 seat theatre, a spa, a gym and a 500 room hotel.
VIPs can make use of one of the two private gaming rooms. Following a 2017 rebrand, Jupiter’s is now known as The Star but still offers the same high quality service it’s become famous for.
Casino Canberra, ACT
The capital’s casino is a more pared back and authentic gaming experience with no adorning hotel or retail store. There are also no poker gaming machines; you come to Casino Canberra to play the classic games you love and interact with other patrons.
Spend some time in the poker pit, try your hand at pai gow or have a spin on the money wheel at the centre of the casino floor.
Crown Perth, WA
Located in the Burswood suburb of Perth, the resort consists of a theatre, three hotels, two ballrooms and no less than 32 restaurants, clubs, bars and retailers alongside the casino.
The casino never sleeps, so even when you’re jet-lagged you can potter in for a flutter on one of the 2,400 gaming machines or several table games on offer. You’re out of luck if you’re looking for a classic lever operated slot machine though, as they’re banned in Western Australia.
No matter which of Australia’s bountiful territories you find yourself in, you’ll never be too far from a fantastic casino entertainment experience. We know you’ll have an unforgettable time if you add one of these iconic resorts to your itinerary.