A country so vast it is its own continent, rich in natural diversity, deserts, rain forests, golden beaches, and coral reefs perfect for scuba diving. A country blessed with an abundance of resources, and cities with historic sightseeing venues, such as the iconic Sydney Opera House. Yet none of these places is the number one tourist destination in Australia, that title belongs to casinos. The top 3 tourist attractions are all casinos, even though online casino gambling is allowed, the Crown Casino Melbourne is the most popular and draws over 10 million visitors each year, the Sydney Opera House draws 8.2 million visitors each year.
Many people in Australia and abroad wonder why with so many tourist sites to choose from are people flocking to casinos? One reason could be the Australian tax system concerning casino gambling, unlike their American counterparts, Australian casinos pay the tax for the gamblers, in the United States, the tax is paid from the winnings of the casino gambler. Another potential reason is the casinos in Australia are more than just casinos. They offer high-end shopping malls, luxury resorts, fine dining experiences, cocktail lounges, and bars, not to mention beautiful hotel suites that can rival any hotels in the world. With so many world class casinos available to visit, playing the slots and tables has never been a more luxurious way to gamble. Here are the most visited casinos in Australia.
The Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex Melbourne
Located on the south bank of Yarra River the Crown Casino Complex is the largest casino and entertainment venue in the southern hemisphere. Initially opening in 1994 on the north bank of the Yarra, in what was only a temporary site. In 1997 the Crown moved to its newly built complex that is in the location you find it today. Occupying the same space as two city blocks and dominating Melbourne’s business district, it has become the most visited tourist attraction in all of Australia.
The complex comprises three world class hotels, Crown Towers Melbourne, Crown Promenade, and the Crown Metropol, a fourth hotel is under construction at the time of writing. Within the Crown Complex, a loyalty system is in place, almost all the shops, and amenities reward every dollar spent by issuing credits. The complex also boasts several restaurants, two of which are designed and managed by the famed chef Gordon Ramsey. Several nightclubs and children friendly activities including a laser tag arena and a bowling alley are also onsite. If that’s not enough to keep everybody happy, famous shops and boutiques including:
- Hugo Boss
- Louis Vuitton
- Salvatore Ferragamo
And many other luxury shopping experiences, before hitting one of over 500 tables or the 2500 poker machines and slots.
The Star Gold Coast Casino Complex
Originally called the Jupiter Hotel and Casino, which was the first casino complex in Queensland, Australia, opened in 1985 and was rebranded the Star Gold Coast in 2017. Another 10 million plus visitor attraction and the second most in Australia and has an annual turnover of A$2.3 billion, of which 1% of the profit is donated to local charities and under the control of community leaders.
The complex which is still by many called the Jupiter Hotel and Casino has more than just a comprehensive casino. With two reasonably priced hotels and apartments that are only a short walk to the stunning Gold Coast and its famed beaches, it is a great place to bring the whole family. Other facilities include:
- BBQ area and landscaped gardens
- Heated outdoor pool and spa
- Tennis court complex
- And 8 award winning restaurants offering local and international cuisine
The area in which it is located, Broadbeach, has many other tourist attractions and dining options.
The Star City Casino, Sydney, New South Wales
Quite probably the most well known casino in Australia, the Star City Casino is located on the world famous Darling Harbour, Sydney. It is one of the most visited places in Sydney and all of Australia. With a huge gaming floor that is possible to get lost on and 5 star facilities for guests, it is not hard to see why it is a favorite with locals and international guests alike. The casino has all the games you can imagine and despite its classy appearance there are low stake tables (and high stake) so everybody can enjoy, regardless of wealth.
With four award winning fine dining restaurants, quick bite options, including Asian, western, and traditional Australian fare available 24 hours a day, it is hard not to fuel yourself before hitting the casino. Amongst other bars and their club, the 24/7 sports bar has a lively atmosphere showing all the big live sporting events and has traditional bar-style food. Other amenities include the pools and spa, luxury shopping, and you can arrange tours of darling Harbour and other world renowned tourist sites around Sydney.
Other Notable Casinos to Visit in Australia
The 3 mentioned above are the most visited places in Australia, but there are another 17 casino complexes around the country. All of them worth a visit, here are some of the best:
- Crown Perth: Often referred to as “a city within a city”, with a 24 hour casino, two exquisite hotels, two concert halls, 30 restaurants, and an 18 hole golf course amongst other luxury ways to keep yourself busy.
- Wrest Point Casino, Hobart, Tasmania: The original casino to be built in Australia, opening its doors on February 10th, 1973. It is still popular with locals and visitors, due to its location it maybe doesn’t get the visitor numbers it deserves.
- Sky City, Darwin: A popular attraction in Darwin and a must-see if you are visiting, Sky City offers the usual fine dining, conference rooms, 5 star accommodation, and of course a large casino. During busy times of the day, you may need to wait to play your favorite games.
There are so many choices spread out across Australia for casino gambling it is hard to choose a place to go. With the casino complexes having so much entertainment besides casinos, they do make ideal places to stay and explore the surrounding tourist sites by day. When you put the kids to bed it could be time to relax and hit the casino.