Nothing can compare to the thrill of visiting an amazing land-based casino. The lights, the sounds, and the atmosphere all combine to create a magical world beyond your wildest dreams. In the second part of our new blog series, Lucky Nugget Casino is looking at the best Australian casinos.
There are 23 establishments to choose from in Australia, spread out over eight states. It might seem like a lot of choice, but we’ve picked the best so locals and visitors alike know exactly where to head.
Crown Casino, Melbourne, Victoria
Owned by casino magnate (and Mariah Carey’s ex-boyfriend) James Packer, Crown Melbourne sits on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne. It’s been open since 1997, and occupies a familiar spot on the city’s skyline. It’s also the largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere: Crown spreads out over an impressive 5,490,000 square feet – but its playing space is a much more reasonable 220,000 square feet.
There’s all the standard casino games on offer here: blackjack, craps, roulette, poker, pai gow and baccarat, available on 500 different tables. There’s also around 3,500 slot machines – known as “pokies” down under. It’s definitely a classic venue to visit if you ever get the chance.
Treasury Casino and Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland
Treasury Casino looks a little bit different to your standard casino. Instead of being in a towering skyscraper or a gaudy complex, it’s located in downtown Brisbane, inside a 19th century building that used to be the Treasury. Much of the interior décor also remains, with some function rooms still boasting an aesthetic straight from the 1800s.
The casino is fairly small compared to some of Australia’s other grand offerings, but there’s still plenty of space. Sic bo, Caribbean stud poker, and a variant of Spanish 21 are some of the more niche games on offer, alongside all the standard games and a range of video slot machines. It’s great if you’re looking for a casino that’s just a little different.
The Star, Sydney, New South Wales
The second-largest casino in Australia sits in the country’s largest city. The Star sits in the Pyrmont suburb of Sydney: its construction, in the mid-1990s, was one of Australia’s biggest building projects. There’s 104,450 square feet of casino floor space, divided between the first and third floor.
However, most guests won’t make it to the third floor play space: the Sovereign Room, as well as its sub-chamber the Inner Sanctum, are only available to high rollers following an application for membership. And that’s not including the ultra-exclusive Vermillion room either, which has less than 100 registered members. Luckily, the first floor is where most of the action goes down – so you won’t be missing out on too much!
Crown Perth, Perth, Western Australia
Lying a short distance to the east of Perth city centre, Crown Perth has been around for thirty years – making it an older statesman of Australia’s casino scene. The Packer family took control of it in 2004, with the shares passing to Crown Limited in 2007. In 2016 a new six-star hotel also opened on-site, adding to its glamorous image.
Crown Perth operates all-year round, without ever closing – so it’s great if you want to game all night and into the morning, or you’re looking for an alternative way to celebrate national holidays. There are 2,400 coin-operated games machines: you can play video poker, dice, dominoes, keno and others, but reel slot machines are banned in the state.
Jupiters Hotel and Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland
Queensland has the most casinos of any Australian state, so it makes sense that two would make it onto our list of best Australian casinos. Sitting pretty on the Gold Coast, Jupiters has 65,000 square feet of casino space, and numerous other attractions: there’s a ballroom, spa, gym, eight bars and seven restaurants to boot.
The casino also hosts Jupiters Theatre, a popular performing venue that can seat 2,000 people or admit 2,300 general admission. Many international shows are put on there, while touring artists also often visit it as a stop between Sydney and Brisbane. So if you want to catch some fantastic live acts in between your gaming sessions, Jupiters is a great casino choice.
If you want nothing but the best Australian casinos, then these are your top choices. While we know there’s always plans to build more, it takes something special to be a top gambling venue down under.