Australia is home to 13 land-based casinos with a further two under development in Sydney and Brisbane respectively.
Queensland has the most casinos out of any state with four, but it is Victoria’s Crown Casino that is the biggest gambling venue in Australia.
Crown Resorts, the Melburne casino’s owner, also manages Western Australia’s only legal casino, Crown Perth, which it acquired in 2004.
This article will run you through each land-based casino by state in Australia and eventually will link you to further articles on each casino.
Australian Capital Territory
Address: 21 Binara St, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia.
Phone: (02) 6257 7074
Is right in the heart of the Australian capital and is tiny in comparison to some of the larger casinos in Australia. Is definitely worth a visit if you get a chance and the absence of pokies will please some people. There is a bar and the casino regularly runs promotions for its members club. Casino gaming commenced in the ACT on November 12, 1992 before the permanent casino opened in 1994.
The casino has a good range of games with the only really unique title being Canberra Poker which is similar to Casino Hold’em except the $1 side bet goes towards a $100,000 bounty.
New South Wales
Address: 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia.
Phone: 1800 700 700
Formerly just Sydney Casino the Star is located in the heart of the CBD, overlooking the harbour. It is the second biggest casino in Australia, behind Melbourne’s Crown Casino. It is owned by Tabcorp’s company Echo Entertainment after the gambling giant made a branch for the casino leg of its interests in 2012.
Address: 29/1 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone: (02) 9925 0088
There is still a little bit of uncertainty surround the construction at Barangaroo, but it is meant to be up and running by mid 2019. It will feature only table games and will cater to high rollers with James Packer expected to use his connections to bring heavyweight Asian punters to Australia.
Address: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
Phone: (08) 8212 2811
Is run by the SkyCity Entertainment Group and is in the heart of the Adelaide central business district, inside the historic Adelaide Railway Station building. It is the only casino in South Australia and has been in operation since 1985. It is one of the smaller casinos in Australia but caters to one of the smaller populations.
The casino has a great selection of games available including poker, blackjack, baccarat, Big wheel, Casino Hold’em, roulette and many other titles. The poker room is a great feature and has both cash games and tournaments.
The Country Club Casino:
Address: Country Club Ave, Prospect Vale TAS 7250
Phone: (03) 6335 5777
Situated in Launceston the Country Club Casino is home to an 18 hole golf course. It has a solid selection of table games with an unusual variation of pontoon available, called Federal Pontoon. The Big Wheel is also a highlight with it having a footy theme and some fun cash and prizes (the big wheel only runs on Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm). The one beef with this casino is it only has American roulette – where are the European tables?
The Wrest Point Casino:
Address: 410 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay TAS 7005, Australia
Phone: (03) 6221 1888
Has it’s place in history as Australia’s first legal casino, opening in Sandy Bay, Hobart, in February of 1973. The Wrest Point Casino has a large number of electronic games including pokies (including linked jackpots), rapid roulette and others. Federal Pontoon and Federal Roulette are two titles you don’t see everywhere.
Address: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
Phone: (03) 9292 8888
Is the biggest and probably the best casino in Australia. The casino has hundreds of pokies and many table games. It is also known for the famous Mahogany Room where some of the biggest wagering in the world happens. It is situated on the Yarra River in the heart of the Melbourne CBD and features many restaurants and night hot spots in the same building. Crown Casino is one of the biggest employers in Victoria.
Crown Melbourne has easily the biggest selection of table games in Australia. They have all of the standards plus a few unique titles like Casino War, Blackjack Plus (Or Crown Blackjack) which you should never play as it heavily favours the house. Pontoon Pandemonium which is basically Pontoon but has a few extra ways to win (side bets). Triple Chase is another unique game to Crown and has some good side bets available.
Crown Melbourne’s Poker room is where it all happens with the World Series of Poker and many other large tournaments featuring the world’s best players like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Aussie Joe Hachem will compete.
Jupiters Broadbeach Hotel and casino:
Address: Gold Coast Hwy & Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach QLD 4218, Australia
Phone: (07) 5592 8100
Is in the picturesque suburb of Broadbeach on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It is on the Nerang River and is owned and operated by the ECHO Entertainment Group.
It is the main feature in a big complex which has eight bars, many restaurants, conference facilities, a ballroom, theatre, health spa, gym and a monorail.
Jupiters Townsville Hotel and Casino:
Address: Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville City QLD 4810, Australia
Phone: (07) 4722 2333
The luxury hotel is a mid way point for many going to Magnetic and other Islands off the Townsille Coast and attracts some heavy hitters which generally head to the VIP room. The casino also has a great TAB and sports bar.
The casino has a good array of table games including Texas Holdem’ Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Pontoon and The State Wheel, on top of electronic games Vegas Star and Rapid Roulette.
The Reef Hotel and Casino:
Address: 35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Where: (07) 4030 8888
Cairns’ gambling has been operating since 1985, it is not huge but does have a 128-room hotel. It is owned by Casinos Austria International Limited and Accor Casino Investments (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
The area also features a handful of restaurants and the Cairns Wildlife Dome.
The Treasury Casino:
Address: cnr George Street and Elizabeth Street, Brisbane central business district
Phone: (07) 3306 8888
The Treasury is located in Brisbane and has a five star hotel, a handful of restaurants, many bars and a couple of nightclubs.
The table games at Queensland’s biggest gambling venue include over 80 tables and close to 1500 electronic machines. The games include Texas Hold’em, Caribbean Stud, Craps, Treasury Wheel (very similar to the Big Wheel), Treasury 21, roulette, blackjack, mini baccarat, Sic Bo and Rapid Roulette.
It is owned by the ECHO Entertainment Group and opened for business in 1985
Address: Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, Western Australia 6100
Phone: 1800 556 688
Another in the Crown Resorts empire and a popular destination for Perth gamblers. It is open 24 hours a day and features up to 12 different tables at any one time. It also has just over 2000 electronic machines operating. Crown Perth is situated on the Swan River just outside the CBD, but it is easily accessible via trains. It is a huge complex with many bars and restaurants and two hotels. Perhaps the biggest feature is the 20,000 seat indoor arena that features sporting and music events.