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Walker Street shopping precinct in Casino

Casino is located in New South Wales
Population: 10,558 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode: 2470
Coordinates: 28°52′S 153°03′E / -28.867, 153.05Coordinates: 28°52′S 153°03′E / -28.867, 153.05
Elevation: 26 m (85 ft) [2]
LGA: Richmond Valley Council
State District: Lismore
Federal Division: 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 9,400 people in 2006.[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 cancelled in 2007 due to a drought.[9] In 2008, Casino hosted Beef Week from 27 May to the 3 June.[10]


Casino 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.[11][12] Casino railway station is the terminus of the daily CountryLink 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[]

  • Ian Callinan (born 1937), High Court judge
  • Pat Darling (1913–2007), nurse and author
  • John Elford, rugby league player
  • Jeff Fatt (born 1953), musician and actor, one of The Wiggles
  • Thomas George (born 1949), politician
  • Ben Kennedy (born 1974), rugby league player
  • Matt King (born 1980), rugby league player
  • Tess Mallos, food journalist and author
  • Chris Munce (born 1969), horse racing jockey
  • Albert Torrens (born 1976), rugby league player
  • Damien Wright (born 1975), cricket player
  • Christian Layland (born 1989), association football media personality (attended Casino High School)
  • Brian Smith, rugby league player and coach (attended Casino High School)

See also[]

  • Arthur Percy Sullivan (1896–1937), Victoria Cross recipient, worked at a bank in Casino during the 1930s.
  • The song "I've Been Everywhere" references Casino in its second verse.
  • List of never used railways


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Casino (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Casino". Climate Averages for Australian Sites. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 24 November 2006. 
  3. ^ Geographical Names Board of New South Wales
  4. ^ "Place Names.". Australian Women's Weekly (National Library of Australia): p. 61. 13 May 1964. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Minutes Ordinary Meeting" (PDF). Richmond Valley Council. 16 July 2002. pp. 32. Retrieved 7 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "Minutes Ordinary Meeting" (PDF). Richmond Valley Council. 18 March 2003. pp. 42. Retrieved 7 August 2008. 
  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. ^ "Beef Week Draws Good Crowds" (Press release). Stock and Land Beef Week. 6 February 2006. "Some beef industry events such as the Casino Beef Week in New South Wales have been forced to cancel because of the drought" 
  10. ^ "Casino Beef Week". Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  11. ^ "No plans to reopen line". Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  12. ^ "State Nationals member lobbies to reopen line". Retrieved 25 May 2009. 

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