List of casinos in Australia
Australia has 12 active casinos dotted all over the country, but largely focused around capital cities and major regional hubs. The biggest casino in Australia is Crown Melbourne which is the host of the Aussie Millions and home to the best VIP room Down Under, the Mahogany Room. Our guide to casinos in Australia will teach you about all the land-based casinos and offer you links to further articles about the gambling venues in Australia:
Australia Capital Territory
New South Wales
The Star Sydney Casino
The Star (Gold Coast)
The Reef Hotel (Cairns)
Treasury Casino (Brisbane)
Tasmania Country Club Casino (Launceston)
Wrest Point Hotel Casino (Hobart)
Casinos in the ACT
The ACT has only one casino, the Canberra Casino, situated in the heart of Canberra’s Central Business District, and it is one of the most popular entertainment venues in the state.
Casino Canberra is the only legal place to play table games in the Australian Capital Territory. It is owned by Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung, who made the high-priced purchase in 2014.
One of the smaller casinos in Australia, Casino Canberra does not have poker machines, despite management pushing the government on the topic over many years.
NSW has had only one casino despite being the most populous state in Australia, with this gambling venue known as the Star Sydney. Owned by casino giant the Star Entertainment Group, the Star Sydney has two gaming floors, more than 10 restaurants and eight bars.
The Star Sydney, previously known as Star City Casino and the Sydney Harbour Casino, is located on Sydney Harbour on Pyrmont Street and is extremely popular as an entertainment area, not to mention its extensive gambling facilities.
The Star Sydney operated under an exclusivity agreement with the NSW Government for many years, but this expired in 2019, which paves the way for Crown Sydney to be launched, with this due to open in October 2021, at Barangaroo.
Many of the facilities at Crown Sydney opened in early 2021, but the gambling facilities face an uncertain future, after Crown Resorts admitted to money laundering in some of its VIP accounts in other states. This has meant NSW Liquor and Gaming has blocked the casino from opening, pending an investigation into the company. This has not stopped other parts of the massive development from opening, with Sydney’s “first six star” accommodation Crown Towers now accepting customers.
Northern Territory casinos
The Northern Territory is the home to two casinos: Lasseters in Alice Springs; and Mindil Beach Casino in Darwin.
Lasseters Casino is not a huge venue but it does have more than 200 electronic table games, plenty of pokies and live casino games such as American Roulette, Blackjack, Omaha Poker, pontoon, Caribbean Stud, baccarat and Texas Hold’em Poker.
Mindil Beach Casino, 1500km up the road from Alice Springs in Darwin, has more than 600 gaming machines and table games such as Texas Hold’em, Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette.
The casino is one of the most popular late night venues in the Northern Territory, with it also featuring a sports bar and keno games under the same roof. Mindil Beach Casino is a favourite of the team at the World Gambling List Australia and we highly recommend paying it a visit.
Queensland capital Brisbane is the home of the Treasury Casino, which is the largest of three casinos in the state. The Treasury is located on George Street in Central Brisbane in one of the most beautiful heritage listed buildings in QLD. The Treasury is due to be relocated in 2022 as part of the Queens Wharf project, with Star Entertainment saying it was going to be a much better gambling venue.
The Star Gold Coast is located on Casino Drive in Broadbeach about an hour’s drive from Brisbane, with this part of Australia a big drawcard with tourists, largely because of its pristine beaches and glorious weather. Formerly known as Jupiters, the casino officially opened in 1996 and has become one of the entertainment and accommodation hotspots on the Gold Coast.
The third casino in Queensland is located in Cairns and is called the Reef Hotel Casino. Owned by Casinos Austria International Limited and Accor Investments, The Reef Casino is an entertainment complex on top of being the only place with a licence to operate table games in this part of the state, with it approximately 20 hours drive from Brisbane to Cairns. The Reef is well worth a look if you are in the Cairns region.
South Australian casino
There is only one casino in South Australia, located in capital city Adelaide. The Adelaide Casino is housed in the heritage-listed Adelaide Railway Station on North Terrace. Adelaide Casino has more than 100 gaming tables at last count and close to 1000 pokies, making it the premier gambling venue and only place to play games such as blackjack, roulette and baccarat in the state.
The Adelaide Casino is part of the Skycity Entertainment Group, which is a New Zealand-based ownership company. One thing we love about the Adelaide Casino is that it has tables to suit all levels of players, unlike some Australian casinos that have minimum $25 tables.
Casinos in Tasmania
Wrest Point Casino was Australia’s first legal casino, opening in 1973, in the suburb of Sandy Bay in Hobart among much controversy after a nail-biting vote in a state referendum on whether a casino should be allowed. A leading state politician was heavily suspected of accepting bribes surrounding the casino. These days Wrest Point Casino dominates the Hobart skyline and has over 250 rooms for accommodation, 600 poker machines and many tables.
The Country Club Casino in Tasmania is located in Launceston and is owned by Federal Hotels. The casino is a focal point of the entertainment industry in this city, with it also featuring an 18-hole golf course. The casino features more than 500 poker machines and also has some great high roller gaming tables. The Country Club is well worth a visit if you are in this part of Australia.
Crown Melbourne is the only casino in Victoria, located on the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne. If you have ever visited the Victorian capital you will have seen the casino, with it dominating the skyline. Crown Melbourne is the biggest casino in Australia, with more than 2500 pokies and 540 table games.
On top of Crown Melbourne being the best casino for gambling in Australia, it is also a huge entertainment complex, featuring many of the best restaurants, four different hotels and a shopping mall. While there has been some debate about a second Victorian casino, it seems unlikely to happen anytime soon with Crown Resorts having a monopoly on table gaming in the state.
Even if you are not interested in gambling in Australia, Crown Melbourne is worth a visit, with it one of the most popular entertainment venues in the Victorian capital
West Australian casinos
Crown Perth is the only pokies venue in Western Australia, with it also featuring a plethora of table games. One of the most popular nightspots in Perth, Crown was formerly known as Burswood Casino, and is located on the Great Eastern Highway in Burswood.
With more than 600 rooms for accommodation, 2500 pokies games and close to 400 tables, Crown Perth is definitely worth a visit if you are in Western Australia.
Commonly asked questions about Australian casinos
Australia is a massive country but has strict and unique gambling laws, which should be followed if you are visiting, because the penalties can be harsh. If you have any questions about gambling at Australia’s land-based casinos flick us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the box below.
The legal gambling age for retail casinos in Australia is 18. Most AU casinos will have security checking IDs at the door.
Depending on which Australian casino you are playing at, you will find the full complement of casino games. This includes poker, slots, blackjack and pretty much any other real money game you can think of.
Crown Melbourne stands head and shoulders above other VIP gambling rooms, with their Mahogany Room, named after the famous racehorse, a must see experience.
Many Australian land-based casinos will offer retail sports betting facilities, while you can also bet with many of the top online betting sites, as long as they are licensed down under.
Most casinos in Australia will enforce a neat-casual dress code, while enclosed shoes, no singlets and sports jerseys are also common-place demands.
There are no online casinos in Australia, with these banned under the updated Interactive Gambling Act.