"The Friendliest Town in NSW"
Home Page Population 11,000
Casino developed from a safe crossing over the Richmond River, discovered by the early settlers who travelled overland from the Clarence and established a huge cattle station named "Cassino." A mis-spelling by an early surveyor left the town with its current name.
Left: Barker Street Casino Photo by RJ Barling
As one of Australia's leading country centres, Casino offers a range of services to the rural population, and also host the huge Primex Agricultural Expo each June, which attracts exhibitors from around Australia and visitors from all over the region and into rural Queensland. The Agricultural Show in October is another popular event with residents and visitors alike.
Photo by RJ Barling : Walker Street Casino
Situated at the junction of the Lismore-Murwillumbah line and central to rail freight routes, Casino also offers daily passenger services to Murwillumbah, Brisbane and Sydney. Daily return fights to Sydney are also available from the local airport. The town is also the hub of major east/west and north/south transport routes, as the Bruxner Highway passes through to link the Northern Tablelands with Lismore, while the Summerland Way connects Casino with Brisbane and Grafton.
The Richmond River is popular for picnics and sightseeing, and the Platypus Pool, below Irving Bridge, sometimes offers a glimpse of these rare creatures. There are also many parks with picnic facilities and sporting venues, and adjacent the golf club is the Jabiru Geneebinga Wetlands, a sanctuary for native birds and wildlife, which has a mini railway which has regular running days and provides a link with Casino's past as a major railhead.