Your Guide To Casino Wharf

Disabled Access – YES Food and Drink Options – YES Tourist Attractions – YES Transport Links – YES Shopping Centre – YES Nightlife – YES

Casino Wharf is so-named as it sits opposite The Star luxury casino resort on Pyrmont Bay. The Star is a world-class complex with a large gaming floor comparable to the biggest hitters in Las Vegas, as well as a number of top bars and restaurants, making this the ideal drop off point for a post-party boat charter. Casino Wharf enjoys convenient bus links and is within walking distance of the city centre, however, it is a floating pontoon with no disabled access. Larger vessels might need to drop off at the nearby Pyrmont Bay wharf.

Attractions

The primary reason you’d consider being dropped off at this wharf is for easy access to The Star, which is the largest casino resort in Sydney and the second largest in Australia (Melbourne’s Crown Casino holds that honour). If you’re going on a bucks cruise this would be the ideal drop off point. Originally known as Star City, the dramatic complex, which was opened in 1995 on the former site of wharves 12 and 13, overlooks the picturesque Darling Harbour, but if it’s doing its job then you won’t be doing much sightseeing. There are two vast gaming floors in the casino, with seven restaurants and a spattering of bars keeping gamers fed and watered. The resort is also a hotel with 351 rooms and 130 private apartments. The games on offer include traditional table games such as Blackjack, Pontoon, Roulette and Poker, as well as a number of electronic gaming machines. Besides the gambling opportunities, the resort also features the 2,000 seat Sydney Lyric theatre, which is an ornate, classically-themed and meticulously designed room that has played host to lavish musicals such as War Horse, Cats, Matilda, Mamma Mia and countless more besides. So even if you don’t care for gambling, if you want to see a show whilst you’re in Sydney that can compete with the likes of Broadway and The West End, then look no further. The resort also houses The Darling Spa on the second level of the hotel, which styles itself as one of the most luxurious spas in Sydney. It features 11 treatment rooms, a fitness centre with a Kinesis wall and a unique Moroccan Hammam chamber.

Restaurants & Bars

The Star complex contains seven restaurants and eight bars, with additional external outlets. The Harvest Buffet is an all-you-can-eat affair that’s popular with patrons for obvious reasons, but if you really want to whet your appetite, there’s so much more to discover. The Black Bar & Grill is one of the finest steakhouses in the city and serves up contemporary Australian cuisine in a stylish décor with a stunning backdrop of the city and Sydney Harbour. Balla, meanwhile, is an award-winning restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine from a genuine wood-fired grill. More award-winning fare can be found at Momofuku Seibo, the first restaurant opened by world-renowned chef David Chang outside of New York. The menu here changes constantly, so no two trips will ever be the same. For world-class Japanese food, Sokyo unites traditional craftsmanship with innovative, contemporary flavours. Finally, The Century serves authentic Cantonese cuisine in a playful setting that incorporates subtle symbolism from Chinese culture. There are also more casual options, aside from the aforementioned Harvest Buffet, with Cafés, pizza parlours, noodle bars and more, as well as the Café Court dining court, which offers a variety of options for a more affordable and relaxed, but no less tasty experience. This is definitely a step above your average food court though, so don’t think you’ll find a McDonald’s or a Burger King.

Nightlife

As the resort is a casino, most of the bars are open late. Indeed, as its name suggests, the 24/7 Sports Bar is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the Sky Terrace boasts one of the best views (and some of the best cocktails) in the city for pre-midnight fun. For live music, meanwhile, Rock Lily hosts the best international acts and local bands in an intimate venue serving premium drinks. The major draw when it comes to nightlife at The Star, however, is The Marquee nightclub. First opened in 2012, The Marquee is open until 5 am every Friday and Saturday night and has single-handedly redefined the Sydney club scene. Huge names such as Avicii and Will Sparks have graced the decks here in the recent past and space is large without being overwhelming, making it the perfect antidote to the often bafflingly large super clubs found in the harbour. Due to the entertainment value and lively setting, casino Wharf is an ideal drop off point for hen and party cruises.