Casino is a town based in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. It lies on the banks of the Richmond River located at the junction of the Bruxner Highway and Summerland Way. It sits inland west from Lismore and Ballina on the east coast.
The town is named after Italy Monte Cassino with which it has a sister city agreement.
A rural country town, Casino is famous as one of Australia’s largest beef centres and therefore known as the “Beef Capital” of Australia.
The town celebrates with the “Casino Beef Week Festival” annually in May. This is a unique community event, held over 10 days that embraces rural life and showcases Casino’s beef heritage. There are over 60 events to entertain, with cattle competitions, live auctions, rides, rodeos and other typical show-food and fun.
Casino is also vastly agricultural and up and coming industries are emerging such as olives, coffee, and tea- tree, budding in the Richmond Valley.
The town has an Australian country feel with wide streets old Queensland pubs, numerous parks and pretty open spaces. Connected to the main rail between Sydney and Brisbane, it is serviced by schools, a hospital and other community support services.
Being close to the Richmond River, it produces a natural habitat for native birds and wildlife and at the Jabiru Geneebeinga Wetlands next to the Casino Golf Course is a natural swamp with an abundance of birdlife that includes black swans, duck and egrets including the Jabiru. Visitors can picnic or wander the trail enjoying the view from the raised platforms.
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