February 2016
  • Day15

    Skycity Casino, Darwin, Australia

    February 26, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Casino Darwin is the capital of, and the largest city in, the Northern Territory in Australia. The smallest of all Australian capital cities it still manages to operate its own casino, the only one in the state.

    Skycity Casino Darwin was granted a casino licence in 1979, and opened in Mindle Beach in 1983. It has had many names since then, Mindle Beach Casino, Diamond Beach Hotel and Casino, MGM Grand Darwin and finally Skycity Darwin, after the Skycity Entertainment group purchased it in 2004.

    The Casino

    The Skycity Darwin casino has everything you could need over its two level gaming floor. Over 750 electronic gaming machines, free live entertainment and facilities close by. There’ s NTKeno and TAB available, 26 table games and changing weekly gaming promotions to keep you entertained.

    The electronic games include Reels of Wheels and Goliath, and the ever-popular Vegas Star. Located next to Rapid Roulette on the gaming floor, Vegas Star offers tablet style betting where animated dealers can lend a hand in playing Baccarat or Roulette. Sleek and sophisticated, this is a great section of the gaming floor to experience. Skycity Darwin is constantly adding new machines to their collection. The latest additions are the fantastic Lightning Link, Lightning Cash, Wicked and Wild, Weird, Jetsetter Link and Tarzan-Lord of The Jungle. With those titles, everyone will want to try their luck.

    Something special in this Northern territory casino – is the café that holds a whole bunch of 1-cent machines. At Cent City you can enjoy light snacks and hot drinks like tea and coffee to perk you up a bit, whilst you play the room on their exclusive 1-cent machines!

    Most of the gaming machines in this casino run on a Ticket in Ticket Out (TITO) system. This is a new system of payout to make the handling of cash easier whilst you play on the gaming floor. You insert cash into a machine at the beginning of your play, when you decide to leave the machine, press collect and a ticket will be printed with your credit amount. This ticket can then act as your cash for the machine for the rest of your night, insert it into your next machine to start playing, just as you would with your hard cash. Machine hop with this ticket, or, when the times comes that you wish to pay out, simply take it up to the cashier to redeem your winnings.

    VIP gaming suites for members have exclusive games within. The Diamond Room and Skyroom have machines like Striking Stars, Fine Diamonds, Dynamite Cash, 5 Dragons Gold, 5 Dragons Legend, Rich Traditions, Lucky Strike and Tunes of fun.

    Gaming machines are open 24 hours, Tables pen from 12 noon, until the early morning hours.

    The hotel

    The hotel and spa in Skycity Darwin has won a bunch of impressive award and can boast the fact they are a 5 star beachfront resort with luxury rooms, villas and gaming suites.

    With an 8 rooms tropical spa, lagoons and tropical beachside gardens at your doorstep, a glorious poolside cocktail bar, and private white sand beach, wouldn’t you want to stay here too?

    The hotel run some great package deals and seasonal specials, so make sure you hit up the website to grab a great deal for your stay.

    The food and wine

    Multiple restaurants and bars are at your feet as soon as your step out of the gaming floor or hotel.

    The wonderful restaurants include The Vue, where there is an exceptional buffet on hand, or if you like Italian food, head to il Piatto to enjoy your meal with a stunning view of the Arafura Sea. There’s authentic Asian fusion cuisine at Dragon Court, and you simply must eat at the award Good Food and Travel Guide Chef hat wining restaurant, Evoo. Bars a plenty why not try poolside cocktails and imported beers at Terrace Bar, or enjoy the ocean view with champagne Friday’s and live music at Sandbar. The fantastic sports bar Aces has heaps of screens, a dance floor and funky bar, plus TAB facilities, and then there’s Cent City, remember that nice hidden treat I mentioned with good coffee and food and 1 cent machines? A great line-up to keep you fuelled for your night.

    The location

    Mindle beach is a well-known spot for visitors to Darwin; it has a wonderful night market known as the Mindle Beach Sunset Market, which you should definitely visit if you are there between April and October. Here you can find over 130 stalls of local craft and goods, and lots and lots of food vans to grab a bite to eat and watch the sunset on the beach, and then head back to the casino and hotel for the rest of the evening. Stay and enjoy your evening at the Skycity Darwin and head back to the beach to catch the next sunrise in the same spot. Divine.
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  • Day2

    The Star Casino, Sydney

    February 13, 2016 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    The Star Casino wants you to have it all. That’s why they offer so much to their dedicated visitors, and to those people passing through who are looking for a good time and want to place a bet or two. This is the second largest casino in Australia and is the only legal casino in New South Wales! When you are here, you’ll feel as if it is tailor made for you in regards to variety of games, services and amenities, shops and entertainment. The guests are their highest priority. Step inside and you’ll have everything at your fingertips for an amazing few days of fun and frivolity under The Star.

    So much to play

    Where to start!? Why not on the gaming floor? There are two to choose from. The main gaming room on level one is separated into three sections: table games, electronic games and Poker. Why not try your luck at a table game? Here you can play Baccarat, Roulette, Blackjack or everyone’s favourite dice game, Craps. For something a little different you can try Pai Gow, which is a Chinese domino game. There’s also the big wheel to spin! Easy to stay all night at this one, unless Bingo is more your thing. Bingo would have to be one of the most fun, and one of the easiest games to play on the floor. Why not have a round or two at the regular Bingo game where you can win cash, casino dollars and a jackpot!

    If you would prefer to start at the pokies then head to the Electronic Games quarter. The Star Casino houses over 1490 gaming machines for you to choose from. However if you are a little more serious about your evening them you’ll need to head straight to the Poker tables. The Star has 20 tables on the main floor, they run weekly tournaments and other events throughout the year, plus a Star Poker Summer Series where there’s a $400,000 up for grabs. Best get your poker face on for these players.

    Your other gaming floor option at the Star is the Sovereign room on level three. This upgraded, invitation only, luxury and exclusive area is something to behold. With top-notch views of Sydney harbour, this stunning floor has private gaming rooms, dinning areas and lounges for the very special guests only. Want to get that ultra exclusive feeling? Then you’ll need to dress to the nines and get in here.

    So much to buy

    The Star casino is big on the shopping front. If you want to play as a high roller then you’d better dress like one! Gucci, Calvin Klein Jeans, G-Star Raw at your disposal, not to mention designers like Bottega Veneta, Moda Emporio, Salvatore Ferragamo, Im Lingerie and of course, the one and only, Chanel.

    So much to gain

    If you are visiting The Star casino in Sydney Harbour, you’ll want to know about this amazing rewards system. With an Absolute Rewards card you not only received discounts and benefits at al the retail shops, bars and restaurants but you can earn points too! When you use your card on a purchase you gain rewards in Absolute Dollars, which can be used to buy goods and services in the hotels and spas.

    The very best thing about this rewards system is that it works not only for The Star Casino. It is also linked with Jupiters Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast and the Treasury Casino and Hotel in Brisbane. So you can redeem all over the country!

    It’s the whole package

    Food, entertainment and accommodation. The Star Casino Sydney has it all.

    Grab a drink at the Sports bar, Balla Aperitivi Bar, Marquee, Rock Lily, Black Bar, Cherry, or the Sokyo Lounge before your night begins, or watch the sunset from the awesome Sky Terrace, the absolute place to be in summer.

    If you need a quick bite, head to the café court or the many casual dining restaurants. However, if you are after something a little bit more special, you simply must try one of The Star’s signature dining restaurants. You’ll have to decide between Sokyo, Momofuku Seiobo, The century, Osteria Balla Manfredi and Black By Ezard. A tough choice, as they are all excellent in service and quality cuisine.

    Big on entertainment, The Star hosts two performance venues where you can see a wide range of shows and concerts. The 2000 seat Lyric Theatre has had big shows like Phantom of the Opera, Pricilla Queen of the Desert, and Matilda cross its stage, as well as international artists like Stevie wonder and Elton John. The Star Event Centre concert venue has had the likes of Tom Jones, Anastasia, and Ricky Martin stop by, just to name a few.

    After all that you’ll probably need to relax, so you may head to your hotel room and the spas to rejuvenate. Its your choice of place at The Star’s luxurious accommodation. The Darling Hotel is beautiful accommodation and is paired with The Darling Spa, which is a real treat. Astral Towers is sleek and sophisticated with everything you could possible need, and the Astral Residencies have 130 privately owned and serviced apartments if you are up for a longer stay and need somewhere a bit more permanent.

    Curious yet? You should be, the Star is worth it.
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