Known as the beef capital, Casino is at the heart of grazing pastures in the Northern Rivers region on the far NSW North Coast. The hinterland town is on the banks of the beautiful Richmond River and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Richmond Range National Park is only a scenic drive away.
Amble through the picturesque town and explore the heritage buildings, including a large number of Art Deco buildings and the colonial Casino Post Office. The heritage-listed post office was first completed in 1879, with additions in the late 19th and 20th centuries in a mix of architectural styles.
Treat your tastebuds to mouth-watering Casino beef at the town’s restaurants, bistros and pubs. You’ll find accommodation options to suit various budgets, from caravan parks to classic country pubs and motels such as the Clydesdale Motel, home to the deliciously juicy Barn Steakhouse.
You can even time your escape to the tranquil countryside with Casino Beef Week, a festival the whole family will savour. Held in May, the annual event celebrates Australia’s beef industry and rural life. There are tasty markets, live music, thrilling rodeo, horse races, carnival rides and farm tours.
Check out the events calendar for more fun things to do, from community markets and flower shows to thoroughbred racing and the Casino Agricultural Show. The traditional country show in October has cattle dog trials, bush riding, show jumping, farm produce displays, market stalls and fun rides.
Other wonderful attractions include the Jambama Art Gallery, where you can watch Aboriginal artists at work and buy their art. Take the kids to the Casino Miniature Railway for a train ride through splendid wetlands before skirting the Casino Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course.
Stroll along the riverbank near Irving Bridge early in the morning or evening and you might spot shy platypus – look for a V shape in the water. For spectacular views, drive west to the Mallanganee Lookout. From here, the Cambridge Plateau scenic drive winds to the Richmond Range rainforest.
Getting to Casino is easy. The town is only 30 minutes’ drive southwest of Lismore, 40 minutes northwest of seaside Evans Head and three hours south of Brisbane. The drive from Sydney to Casino is eight hours. Trains from Sydney or Brisbane stop in Casino, or fly to Lismore Airport.