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What are the best casinos to visit in Australia?

posted by Chris Valentine

It is well known that Australians relish gaming at casinos, but doing so only became legal in the 1970s. In 2014 however, the country is home to several excellent ones, including the first one to launch – the Wrest Point Hotel Casino. This Tasmanian casino has survived since 1973 because it offers great games choice, wonderful accommodation and a setting in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. It’s not the Australian casino to select if you want big city nightlife, but if you want gaming mixed with stunning scenery, there is no better one around.

Fans of the big city scene will prefer the Crown Casino in Melbourne, or its slightly smaller competitor, the Star, in Sydney. Both of these casinos feature thousands of slot machines and gaming tables which is invaluable in the days of online competition from sites like They can be found alongside a wealth of other forms of entertainment, so which do you choose? Well if you want to maybe see the odd famous gambler then the Crown gives you more chance of that, but if you are more culturally concerned, the Star Casino – with its Lyric Theatre on site – might be more your cup of tea.

Although its status as the first legal Australian casino means the Wrest Point Hotel Casino wins the prize for greatest historic interest, the Adelaide Casino also offers plenty of that for visitors. The Adelaide Railway Station that serves as its home is one of Australia’s listed structures, due to its architecture, and it provides a striking contrast with the casino inside it – which is totally modern in every way. Finally there is the Crown Perth, which is currently in the planning stages of major redevelopment work that will see it pull close to its Melbourne namesake in terms of scale and games choice. Not that it is exactly disappointing now, as it offers an abundance of casino games, a theatre and two ballrooms. Amongst the less common games you will encounter here are Caribbean Stud poker and Pai Gow.

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