If you are looking for the best land based casino in Australia, then head over to Melbourne and visit the Crown Casino on the Yarra Promenade in Southbank.
The original casino opened in 1994 on the north bank of the Yarra River in the World Trade Centre, but transferred across to the south bank in 1997 as part of a huge casino and entertainment complex. Today it is one of the principal features in Southbank Promenade.
This huge complex covers over five hundred thousand square metres which makes it not only the largest casino in Australia but also the largest casino in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest worldwide. Now owned by Crown Limited the original casino was founded and managed by Lloyd Williams of horse racing fame.
The first thing you encounter on entering the casino is the ‘Atrium’. This is a collection of fountains and light and sound displays that are based on the seasons of the year. There are also a number of pyrotechnic towers that line the Casino promenade which provide stunning displays that are reflected in the water. You will also discover many fashion outlets including such familiar names as Burberry, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Bulgari and Versace.
Venture into the casino proper and you will find 2,500 slots and video poker games along with 500 gaming tables. It is also a famous poker venture and the host of the annual poker tournament known as the Aussie Millions, the biggest in terms of money in the whole of the southern hemisphere. The WSOP Asia Pacific will also be staged there in 2013.
The entertainment complex includes a number of hotels. Crown Towers and Crown Metropol are both large five star hotels, the latter being the largest hotel in Australia. Crown Promenade Hotel also offers luxury style accommodation. Naturally there is free Wi-Fi so if you want to get a little games practice in before you hit the gaming tables, you can try your luck at LuckyNugget.
The complex includes a number of nightclubs, many restaurants and a cinema multiplex. There is also a games arcade and bowling alley known as the Galactic Circus.