Canberra Casino is located in the central part of the Australian capital city of Canberra.
Before the Canberra Casino was opened in 1994, a temporary casino was put up at the National Convention Centre in 1992. The casino had a grand opening which was inaugurated by the former prime minister, Bob Hawke and the ACT’s first chief minister, Rosemary Follett. The party was hosted by Dr Leo Walner who was the head of Casinos Austria, who got the license of the casino. The first spin of the roulette wheel was done with the ball that Bob Hawke had won in the Golden Roulette Ball contest.
When the permanent Canberra Casino opened in 1994, it was a small place as compared with other casinos. It has roulette, blackjack and many such games. However, unlike other casinos at other places, this one did not have poker machines. In spite of trying every means to get the license to operate poke machines, it failed in its attempt to do so. It even lobbied with the government, but failed to make any dent. Vehement opposition came from the Canberra’s clubs that operated poker machines and feared that they will lose revenue if Canberra Casino was allowed to operate these machines. Moreover, for Canberra Casino to get the license to operate poker machines, the legislation of the Territory has to be changed. The majority in the assembly have to vote in favor of Canberra Casino, which was not happening. Twice the amendment was tabled in the Assembly, but was defeated due to lack of majority.
Casino Canberra has tie-up with hotels around its area and is able to offer a variety of packages for accommodation to its members. The package includes
• Luxury studio apartment that includes sauna, gym and indoor lap pool
• Continental breakfast
• Welcome drink for two
• Snack meal for two
• Two-course dinner for two
• A pack of lucky Casino Canberra playing cards as souvenir
• A CD containing self drive audio tour of Canberra
• Undercover parking
• Free entry to Galaxy Nightclub, if you stay a Saturday night.
Premium Player Package
In the event that you are a hard core gambler you may get the chance to qualify for their Premium Player rate. This rate is valid for the Crowne Plaza Canberra Hotel.
The Grill is the famous restaurant at Casino Canberra. It is located at a very convenient short distance from the Canberra & Royal theatres and you will find it open till late into the night. The Grill is an ideal place to have your dinner before or after the theatre.
At the Grill you can choose a table from where you can watch all the gambling actions going on, or you can choose a table with the view of the beautiful Glebe Park. Whatever table you might choose The Grill is always ready to offer from mouth watering snacks to a complete full-course dining experience.
Galaxy Night Club
Casino Canberra is not all about gambling only; there is also provision for entertainment as well. For entertaining the guests the Galaxy Night Club is there. Saturday nights are musical from 9 pm onwards with the best of 80s playing for you. Live music at the main bar is played every Friday and Saturday nights from 9 pm onwards.
If you want to be at the Galaxy Night Club you have to follow some dress code. You are required to wear sensible clothes and if you intend to wear casuals that should be clean and be of some standard. You can’t be bare feet at the Galaxy, and whatever you wear should be clean and good to look at. Anything offensive will not be allowed.
The Galaxy also holds some kind of promotional activities throughout the year, these include
• Chance to win Cougar Gift Packs every Saturday night
• To get free entry in Wednesday & Thursday if you show your membership at Guest Services
• Winter warmers promotion
• Groove into it promotion
• Fun promotion during Spring
• Ice it up promotion
Casino Canberra is fun and you can have it all.