You won’t find finer beef in all of NSW than in the beef capital of Casino, part of the Richmond Valley on the far North Coast. Though it’s not just about cows in these parts. Casino is a pretty place to be, located on the banks of the beautiful Richmond River and beside the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Richmond Range National Park.

The Boer War Memorial at roundabout in Casino, Australia

Explore the town

Stroll through the picturesque town and explore its history, including a large number of art deco buildings and the heritage-listed colonial post office, first completed in 1879. Learn more about the early days of the town at the Casino Historical Museum with its collection of artefacts and photographs.

Military buffs should check out the Northern Rivers Military Museum, which educates visitors about the region’s involvement in wars and conflicts. Then treat your tastebuds to legendary Casino beef at the town’s restaurants, bistros and pubs. Try the best steaks in town at the Barn Steakhouse.

Casino Beef Week Main Saturday - Cattle Ring in Casino,  Lismore Area


Time your visit with Casino Beef Week, a festival the whole family can enjoy. Held in May, the annual event celebrates Australia’s beef industry and rural life. There are tasty markets, live music, rodeos, horse races, carnival rides and farm tours. Check out the events calendar for more, from community markets and flower shows to thoroughbred racing.

Things to do

Take the kids to the Casino Miniature Railway for a train ride through stunning wetlands before playing the Casino Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course. Spend a day at Aranyani Bison Adventure Tourist Park, a working American bison ranch with fun activities like archery, canoeing, mini golf and fishing.

Stroll along the riverbank near Irving Bridge early in the morning or evening and you might spot platypus. For spectacular views, drive west to the Mallanganee Lookout. From here, the Cambridge Plateau scenic drive winds its way to the Richmond Range rainforest.

Getting there and where to stay

Casino is an eight-hour drive north of Sydney and three hours south of Brisbane. You can catch a train direct from Sydney and the journey takes around 11hr 30min. Fly into to Lismore Regional Airport, 20min away, or Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport, one-hour away. Accommodation options suit various budgets, from caravan parks to classic country pubs and motels.

Lismore Regional Airport

Fly into Lismore Regional Airport

Lismore Regional Airport is located 4km from Lismore town’s centre. Use the car rental or taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip north. Lismore is also a gateway to Byron Bay, less than an hour’s drive northeast. Rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express flies direct between Sydney and Lismore three days a week. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Lismore.

Things to Do and Places to Stay