Casino, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Walker Street shopping precinct in Casino
Casino is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 28°52′0″S 153°03′0″E / 28.86667°S 153.05000°E / -28.86667; 153.05000Coordinates: 28°52′0″S 153°03′0″E / 28.86667°S 153.05000°E / -28.86667; 153.05000
Population 9,629 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2470
Elevation 26 m (85 ft)[2]
LGA(s) Richmond Valley Council
State electorate(s) Clarence
Federal Division(s) Page
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
26.8 °C
80 °F
13.1 °C
56 °F
1,097.5 mm
43.2 in
Barker St., Casino

Casino is a town in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, Australia, with a population of 9,629 people at the 2011 census.[1] It lies on the banks of the Richmond River and is situated at the junction of the Bruxner Highway and the Summerland Way.

It is located 726 km (451 mi) north of Sydney and 228 km (142 mi) south of Brisbane.


Casino is the seat of the Richmond Valley Council, a local government area.

The town is named after the Casino Station, owned by Clarke Irving, which was named after Cassino (near Monte Cassino) in Italy,[3][4] with which it has a sister city agreement.[5][6]

Casino is among Australia's largest beef centres. It is the regional hub of a very large cattle industry and positions itself as the "Beef Capital" of Australia,[7][8] although the city of Rockhampton also claims this title. In addition it is the service centre for a rich agricultural area.

Each year the town celebrates Beef Week. It was not held in 2007 but since that year, has continued to be held and celebrated.


Casino station is situated on the main North Coast railway line between Sydney and Brisbane, north of Grafton. A branch line ran via Lismore to Murwillumbah; that line has since been closed, although lobbying is taking place to re-open it.[9][10] Casino railway station is the terminus of the daily Casino XPT from Sydney and there is a daily service to and from Brisbane via the Brisbane XPT.

In the 1920s, a never completed railway branch line to Bonalbo was started.

Casino is serviced by Lismore Airport with several daily flights to Sydney.

Among its many schools are the main ones: Casino High School, Casino Public School, Casino West Public School, St. Mary's Primary School, St. Mary's High School and Casino Christian Community School.

Notable people[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Casino (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Casino". Climate Averages for Australian Sites. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 24 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Casino". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. 
  4. ^ "Place Names.". Australian Women's Weekly (National Library of Australia). 13 May 1964. p. 61. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Minutes Ordinary Meeting" (PDF). Richmond Valley Council. 16 July 2002. p. 32. Retrieved 7 August 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Minutes Ordinary Meeting" (PDF). Richmond Valley Council. 18 March 2003. p. 42. Retrieved 7 August 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ George, Thomas (30 May 2000). "Northern Star Casino Beef Week 2000". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 August 2008. I speak about Casino, the true beef capital of Australia 
  8. ^ "Casino Tourism". Casino Tourist Information Centre. Retrieved 10 August 2008. 
  9. ^ "No plans to reopen line". Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "State Nationals member lobbies to reopen line". Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  11. ^ Wild, Stephen. "Morgan, James (Jim) (1901–1968)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Groot, Murray. "Lumsdaine, John Sinclair (Jack) (1895–1948)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Selth, P. A. "Murray, Kevin Ross (1930–1991)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Williams, Clive Andrew (1915–1980)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 2002. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Brisbane
NSW TrainLink North Coast
Brisbane XPT
towards Sydney
NSW TrainLink North Coast
Casino XPT