Australia’s Great Ocean Road Tour: 5 Places You Need to See

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Australia’s Great Ocean Road tour, whether local or a tourist, will offer you miles of rugged coastlines, pristine beaches, pro surfing and rainforest terrain to rival some of the best known locations around the world. The Great Ocean Road is full of surprises as you weave your way along this memorable journey.

The Twelve Apostles

Once Twelve Apostles, the now famous limestone structures are down to eight. Don’t let this dissuade you from visiting, however. The massive structures that jut 45 meters out of the Southern Ocean still offer an impressive scenery that is over 10 million years old.

Gradually eroded from the howling winds and stormy waters, the cliff edges of Victoria gradually became caves-turned-bridges and the now collapsed rock that we know as the Twelve Apostles.

Not only are the Apostles worth the view, but the impressive cliffs during sunset become awash in hues of orange, yellow and pink. Truly a sight worth experiencing.

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The Twelve Apostles

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The Gibson Steps

Only a kilometre’s walk from the Twelve Apostles are the Gibson Steps. Alternatively, you can take the car the short distance, parking it at the Gibson Steps carpark.

Following the 86 steps down to the sandy shores, get close to the vertical cliffs and the limestone structures in the sea. But be warned, the walk is of medium difficulty, slippery on the steps and only suitable when weather permits. Be cautious of high tides.

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The Gibson Steps beach

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The Otway Fly

Nestled in the Otway rainforest, you can experience a 600 meter long, 25 meter high elevated walkway in the tree canopies. Equally, you can spend your time on the Zipline Eco-Tour, zipping in a harness through the leafy treetops.

For the children, the initial walk at the base of the trees will leave them running around searching for the next dinosaur peeking through the ferns or suspended above them.

The unrivalled views from both above and below the trees will display some of the best rainforests Australia has to offer. This short detour from the Great Ocean Road has something for every member of the family to experience for hours on end.

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The Otway Fly

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Apollo Bay

This is the ideal location to break for the day and spend the night at the Apollo Bay township. Situated on the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is one of the more popular sites to enjoy for a few days, and rightly so.

The location offers short drives to all of the above stops and more. For those who need a break from the car, Apollo Bay has no shortage of café’s, restaurants and craft shops. Walk five minutes across the road to enjoy the sandy beaches and its crystal clear waters.

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Apollo Bay at Sunset

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Loch Ard Gorge

Located only a few minutes from the Twelve Apostles, this sweeping landscape offers more towering limestone structures as you explore the trails leading you to unexpected locations. Blowholes, coastal landscapes and a rich maritime history of shipwrecks, Loch Ard Gorge rivals the Twelve Apostles seascape, particularly at dusk and dawn.

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Loch Ard Gorge

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Krakow City Tours – The Krakow of Pope John Paul II

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The Krakow district of Łagiewniki is the location of two sanctuaries that draw huge numbers of pilgrims – the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and the Sanctuary of St. John Paul II. After the recent canonisation of St. John Paull II, the number of visitors to sites associated with his life has increased even more. What are these places that are worth visiting to gain an insight into the life of the Polish Pope? We’ve put together a short Krakow guide with all the answers.

Krakow’s place in the Pope’s life

In 1938, the future Pope, then known as Karol Wojtyla, began his studies at the Phlilosophy Department at the Jagiellonian University, making the university district just off the main square is a good place to start retracing the steps of John Paul II’s presence in Krakow. That’s where you will also find Collegium Maius, part of the university for more than 600 years.

Young Karol moved to Krakow with his father and lived at ul. Tyniecka 10 in a modest two-room apartment. Today the building is marked with a plaque.

During the war, he began his spiritual training in banned underground seminary studies. He performed his first mass in the crypt of St. Leonard in Wawel Castle and many years later he would become a bishop in the Wawel Cathedral.

As a priest and lecturer at the Krakow Seminary and later as an auxiliary bishop, Karol Wojtyla lived at Kanonicza street number 19 in a simple room. When he became bishop, he moved to a more stately residence at number 21 on the same street. Currently, both buidings house exhibits of the Museum of the Archdiocese and feature an extensive collection of sacred art.

A key part of any Krakow sightseeing tour related to John Paul II the Bishop’s Palace on ul. Franciszkanska. This is where he would famously greet well-wishers during his trips to Krakow from what we not call the “Pope’s window” just about the entrance to the Palace. Huge numbers of pilgrims took part in open-air masses organized in the Blonia park on the west side of town, which offers wonderful opportunities to take long walks and remember the legacy of these amazing meetings with the Holy Father.

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Krakow city tours with a private guide in the footsteps of JP II

We’ve already mentioned the close connection between the life of Karol Wojtyla and the Wawel Cathedral. There are, of course, many other holy sites associated with him in Krakow like St. Florian’s Church, where he served as a Vicar and St. Mary’s Church. One place in particular where John Paul II and countless pilgrims spend many hours is the Basillca of St. Francis of Assisi, just opposite the Bishop’ Palace.  The gorgeous interior is full of bright colors created by stunning stained glass windows that help to create an atmosphere that attracted John Paul II for many sessions of prayer and reflection. The Sanctuary of the Martyrdom of St. Stanislaw, also known as the Paulinian Monastery at Skalka also has a place in the history of the Polish Pope. It was here in 1979, in his first visit to Poland as Pope, that he met with representatives of the world scientific community as well as young people.

John Paul II was also a great advocate of the cult of Divine Mercy. A trip to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki is another obligatory stop for anyone who wants to trace his footsteps during this Krakow city tour. Right next door is the Holy Sanctuary of St. John Paul II, where visitors can view relics and a museum of items and gifts he received during his Papacy. A visit here is the perfect culmination of an amazing journey through his life and the ideal place to bring our guide to a close.

Learn more about these sites and how easy it is to arrange an experienced local Krakow guide at Krakow City Tours!

Penrith Leagues Club – Not Your Average Local Club

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Located on Mulgoa Road in Penrith, Penrith Panthers Leagues Club is probably the most exciting club in the area. This place is considered one of the top destinations in Australia in general thanks to its impressive choice of leisure activities, dining venues, entertainment and bars. Many consider it as the perfect place to relax alongside family and friends, while others find it great for partying. Even though someone can get confused how a family destination is related to parties, we would say that that’s what makes Penrith Leagues Club special; it’s good for all kinds of activities. The property even offers some gaming action; those that want pokies may prefer to stay at home and gamble online considering the fact that free spins are available at most NetEnt casinos that serve Australians; however, fans of keno and poker should definitely pay this amazing club a visit as soon as possible.

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Getting to Penrith Panthers Leagues Club takes about an hour-long drive west from Sydney and the facility is located right in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Regardless whether you go there to eat, have a drink or simply have fun, there’s something on the offer to meet your needs. In terms of dining, the property features 10 restaurants including CJ’s Crab Shack & Grill, Panarotti’s Pizza Pasta and Zen Noodle Bar. It’s impossible not to find something you like on the menus of these top notch venues. The experience is topped with a total of seven bars; visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee at Kelly’s Cafe & Bar or sip a tasty cocktail at Dom’s Cocktail Lounge.

However, the real deal at this Club is the activities that can keep you entertained for hours. Even if we put aside the magnificent Evan Theatre that hosts numerous live shows (Souled Out – An Evening with Tom Jones, Daryl Braithwaite, Vov Dylan & the Palace Orchestra and etc.), there’s still plenty to do around. For example, visitors can test their luck playing keno, try aqua golf or take part in thrilling raffles. Out of the many feelings you’ll experience during your Penrith Panthers Leagues Club adventure, boredom certainly won’t be among them. Moreover, there are also special events worth visiting such as the July School Holiday Program or the Penrith Home Show.

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As fun as the club is, it’s also perfect for organising business and social events too thanks to its event centre. The facility is even open for weddings, thus you can have your dream wedding surrounded by beautiful nature and superb service.

Obviously, being a member pays out the most considering the fact that Penrith Leagues Club loves pampering their loyal visitors. The long list of promotions includes Member’s Cash Draw that gives you an opportunity to win $65,000 every four weeks, Free Members Giveaway, Monthly Birthday Draw and so on.

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This being said, it’s easy to understand why this club is so respected among locals as well as visitors worldwide. Not only the place provides lots of jobs and sponsors local sporting clubs, Penrith Panthers Leagues Club also offers a package of everything people love; they get a chance to relax and dine, have fun and drink cocktails as well as party and visit glamorous shows – all at the same place.

The Barangaroo Casino – Will Only High Rollers Get a Go?

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Crown Sydney Barangaroo casino and hotel is expected to open its doors for customers in 2020. This destination will be the second legal casino in Sydney and the project has been controversial ever since it was announced to the public several years ago. With a magnificent futuristic design, this six-star property will surely become one of the most recognisable buildings in the city once its 75 floors occupy the bright Sydney sky. Owned by experienced businessman James Packer and his well-established casino group Crown Limited, Barangaroo casino certainly won’t disappoint visitors.

However, unlike The Star, which is the first licensed casino in Sydney, it was reported that Barangroo will operate with VIP membership restrictions. This disappointed casual players who enjoy placing low bets at land-based gaming destinations or spinning the reels of free online pokies. Those hoping that the property featuring 300 rooms and suites, apartments, bars, restaurants, shops and conference facilities also would have space for low and medium rollers may need to give up their hopes, considering the fact that only VIP gaming rooms are mentioned in the A$1+ billion project.

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According to statements and reports, Packer’s intention was to create one of the world’s best hotels on his luxury property. However, in terms of gaming, Crown would like to lure Chinese high-roller gamblers after their interest in Macau has dropped thanks to the Chinese government’s crackdown on corruption. VIP gamblers have been scared and reluctant to go back to the once magnificent gambling hub and that was seen as a real opportunity by the reputable gaming group. Taken into account that the Australian government has introduced a streamlined visa process for Chinese visitors, the plan seems pretty realistic for now.

Nonetheless, it’s a known fact that luxury and VIP gaming rarely goes hand in hand with low stake gaming. Therefore, it’s easy to conclude that the magnificent building won’t have any services reserved for players who aren’t ready to spend a significant amount of money on the casino floor or, more precisely, in the exclusive VIP gaming lounges.

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In a text published back in 2012, the Daily Telegraph revealed that Packer’s new establishment would feature “only” 150 tables. This is half the number of tables featured at The Star, suggesting that the customers will be handpicked. The brand new casino is going to be “invitation only” and its target group are wealthy Asian gamblers. Passers-by won’t be able to simply access the building and try their luck at the glamorous property. Additionally, it was revealed that poker machines won’t be featured at the casino and these are widely known as low and medium rollers’ favourite games.

Even if all these signs are put aside, when Packer first presented the proposal to the authorities he promised around A$114 million in gaming tax revenue per year. That’s certainly not an amount of cash that casual gamblers can generate; for high-rollers, on the other hand, that’s an easy target. Therefore, unless something changes in the future, low stake players should forget about the Barangaroo casino and find alternative ways to entertain themselves.

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5 Cool Ways To Hit The Water This Winter

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If you are used to the water being more or less a no go area during winter time in the United Kingdom, you should consider visiting Australia during their winter.  Even though for the most part, it is nowhere near as cold down under, it is still colder than the temperatures Australia experiences at the height of summer.  Regardless, there are still many things you can enjoy in the beautiful clear waters in and around Australia.  In the post below we will look at some of the most fun ways to get into the water down under during the colder months of the year.

Whale Watching

For those of you who do not know, winter time means whale watching season down under.  Large groups of species such as humpbacks migrate from the Antarctic to Australian waters where it is much warmer.  Although you will be able to see them from the mainland at the right spots with a good pair of binoculars, there are chances to get up much closer to them by taking a whale watching boat trip.  There are various reputable companies who organise these expeditions along the Gold Coast.

Winter Surfing

It is globally known that the Gold Coast is a prime spot for surfing and because it is so good it attracts professional surfers like Kelly Slater there every year.  Even in winter, people still enjoy hitting the waves as the water temperate doesn’t usually drop lower than 22 degrees.  If you are interested in trying surfing or are looking for something a bit different, you should definitely visit various beaches along the Gold Coast during winter, such as Palm Beach, Kirra Beach and Burleigh Heads to name a few.

Bondi Ice Skating

Although Australia hardly gets what many of us would call an actual winter, there are some places where everything gets a little chilly.  Bondi Beach for example, every year hosts it’s own beach side ice rink.  Okay, so it’s not exactly water in its liquid state, but it can be a very magical experience to skate on the ice under the warmth of the Australian winter sunshine.

Kayaking And Boating On The River

Whether you are a complete newbie or a seasoned pro when it comes to boats, one of the best ways to get into the water during winter time in Australia is by hiring or buying a boat.  White water rafting, kayaking or taking to the waters in one of the powerful aquatic vehicles available from JSW Powersports are all great ways to experience the Australian water ways and sea during winter.

Winter Fishing

Now in the United Kingdom you may not dream of going fishing during winter time, but in and around Lake Jindabyne in New South Wales, the most popular time to fish is during the winter season.  From there you are free to take part in whatever form of fishing you prefer and there are great chances to land rainbow, brook and brown trout, but you may also get lucky and catch some Atlantic Salmon.

Benefits of Hiring Linen Rather Than Buying Your Own

image1A variety of different linen products are used throughout the hospitality industry. Hotels, restaurants, and pubs require several types of linen products in order to meet the needs of their customers. Linen items such as tablecloths and napkins need to be changed as soon as a customer vacates the table. Therefore, you will need to keep a pretty decent stock of napkins at your establishment in order to make a good impression on your customers.

Previously, business owners had no other option but to buy all of their linen products, clean them, and manage inventory on their own. Needless to say, operational costs for most businesses were inflated considerably. However, you do not have to worry about buying linen on your own. You can now hire or rent linen from numerous companies that supply an extensive variety of linen products. For instance, you can rent bathrobes, bed sheets, tablecloths, pillow covers, and a lot of other products through the hiring company.

How Does the Process Work?

If you are running a hotel or a restaurant, renting linen is a much better option than buying your own. However, most business owners do not know anything about how to hire linen products. The first step is to create a short list of different hiring companies that supply quality linen products in the country. You would be surprised to know that many of the most reputable hotels and businesses do not own their towels and bed linen.

Once you have created a list of different suppliers in the vicinity, you should request quotes from different suppliers. Obviously, you will want to save as much money as possible in order to maximise your profits. There is no need to pay such a high rental cost for basic items such as towels and bed linens. Most companies provide a free trial period to customers who are willing to sign on for the long-term. The company will deliver the fresh linen products to your hotel or restaurant in the early hours of the morning, and take away all the dirty linen while they are there.

If you have decided to opt for linen hire services from a supplier, you should know that there are several different benefits of hiring linen rather than buying your own. These are some of the biggest benefits.

Prevents Tying Up Cash

As a prudent business owner, it won’t be a good idea to tie up your capital in purchasing linen and towels. It is important for prudent businessmen to maintain liquidity in their business. Tying up your capital in basic products such as linen isn’t wise at all. Rather than tying up your capital in such basic items, you should always maintain a float.

Flexibility

If you renovate your hotel or change the beds, you will need to replace all of the bed linen. This is going to be written off as a huge loss for your business. However, if you are renting linen, all you have to do ischange the details of your order. Different suppliers generally offer a variety of different types of linen products, so it is very easy for you to change your order and get different-sized linen products.

Wear and Tear

Linen products generally last for three to four months. After several washes, they can become worn out. White linen products need to be replaced, since you obviously can’t serve your clients in shabby-looking linen products. Once the linen becomes worn out, the rental company will replace the linen at no extra cost. You do not need to worry about maintenance at all. The rental company will make sure that the quality of linen is top-notch.

Variety

There’s plenty of choice available for business owners who are looking to rent linen. You can choose from various different designs and patterns. Furthermore, if you want completely unique-looking linen products, you can also ask the company to print a special logo on all linen products. This is an offer generally extended to long-term clients.

Cost-Effective

One of the biggest reasons you should consider renting linen rather than buying your own is because it is so cost-effective. As a prudent business owner, there is absolutely no need to spend so much money on the purchase of linen and towels. The linen products will need to be replaced every few months, so you will need to spend more money in order to completely replace the linen. Saving money is important for businesses that are operating in the hospitality industry. The money you save can be reinvested in order to improve your core services and products. You should ask for quotes from different companies and compare them before making a decision.

Focus

Another reason you should consider renting linen is because it reduces a significant burden on your business. If you are running a restaurant, you will need to allocate a separate room just for storing all the linen products on the premises. Apart from that, it will bepretty difficult for you to clean the linen on a daily basis. Over the passage of time, this will take away focus from your business, and the quality of your products and services will begin to suffer.

Instead, a better option is to rent linen products. You do not have to worry about cleaning the linen or maintaining it. The company will simply collect all of the dirty linen from your place of business each day and provide new linen regularly. It is a great option for budding restaurant owners that want to save money. Before placing an order, you should always make an estimate of the amount of linen products that you will need for the day. It is best that you order a little bit more than your estimate. If you run out of linen products during the day, it might be a pretty embarrassing moment. Therefore, you should never rely on low estimates while placing an order.

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Playing local style online games when visiting australia

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Playing local style online games when visiting australia is an essential part of the traveling experience today. Australia has been known for a lot of things for a while. The rest of the world has a lot of specific images attached to Australia, for better or for worse. Today, a full eighty percent of Australian adults gamble, which is the highest rate in the entire world. Playing local style online games when visiting australia is just another part of the cultural exchange that a lot of people want to perform when they are visiting foreign countries.

Being able to play local online games might seem somewhat redundant to some people when they are in a foreign country like Australia. For one thing, people can theoretically play online games any time, while they’re only going to be spending a certain amount of time in Australia. Some people feel the need to fill their vacations with dramatic outdoor activities that require them to be very physical, and online games really are not going to fit in with that cross-cultural tradition.

However, it should be noted that different countries have different laws regarding casino games, including online games. People in the United States in particular are going to have a difficult time playing local style online games if they’re not visiting Australia at the time. In many other countries, the differences in local gambling laws are already enough to limit the selection that a lot of people are going to have. Playing local style online games when visiting australia really is the sort of thing that can only be done in Australia, at least in many cases.

There’s also the fact that a lot of people are interested in having a varied vacation experience. They might want to enjoy some dramatic outdoor activities. However, they still want to be able to go back to their hotel rooms at night in order to enjoy some online casino gaming. Some people really like nightlife. For other people, going out on the town to drink or to party really isn’t going to do anything for them. They would rather be inside relaxing at night. Other people do want thrills at night, but they would rather have the sort of thrills that they could enjoy with local style online games. Being able to play games like this really is an essential part of the traveling experience for a lot of people.

Many people do travel all around the world for the sake of gaming opportunities of all kinds. People go to Las Vegas for the gambling primarily, even if some people are going to want to enjoy all of the performing artists while they are there. When people seek out the local style online games when they’re visiting Australia, they’re essentially doing the exact same thing. They’re seeing what all of the fuss is about when it comes to online gambling in Australia, which has certainly taken the nation by storm. They’re enjoying an experience that is both local and international.

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Who Earns More – Professional Sportsmen or Professional Poker Players?

Being a professional poker player is considered a dream job for many Australians, earning money playing a game you love, working the hours you choose, and getting to travel the world to attend top tournaments in Las Vegas, or the Aussie Millions in Melbourne. So how does this compare to being a sportsman in some of Australia’s favourite sports?

Amongst the top 10% of poker players, annual earnings can be a steady $50k from a steady cash game income. The biggest earnings come from A-League soccer, where top players can earn a staggering $5.5 million. However, we should point out the average is much lower, and only the top stars who have previous experience playing in top European leagues can command such a salary.

Elite horse racing jockeys and top cricketers can also earn a large sum, up to $3.5million, but again the average is much lower.

Rugby League and Aussie Rules Football players are more equally paid, with the averages ranging between $200k-$250k, and top earners only getting a salary four to five times this.

Many Australian sports players actually enjoy a game of poker as well. Legendary cricketer Shane Warne has established himself as a credible poker player, having won almost $100k in live tournament prize money. His impressive record includes a cash in the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, as well as a series of cashes in side events at the prestigious Aussie Millions tournament.

Who earns more – Professional Sportsmen or Professional Poker Players

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5 Ways to Spend Easter in Australia

Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled family trip or a romantic break for you and your partner this Easter weekend, Australia has just what you need. With plenty of options to make the most of the much needed sun and stunning scenery, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Regardless of how you choose to spend your long weekend, make sure you travel in style with the help of Chapman Freeborn’s luxury charter services!

Whitsundays

Summer may be close to finishing for most of Australia, but there is still one place to experience the glorious weather – the North of Queensland. This makes the Whitsundays island a perfect destination. What sounds better than sitting by the pool with a nice cocktail or taking a trip to see the world’s most famous and biggest coral reef? Even if you don’t have all the time in the world to enjoy all it offers, Whitsundays has a full range of activities to pick from. Snorkeling, cruising, golf, swimming, jet boats and sea plane journeys are just some of the many options to take advantage of.

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The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is something of a family favourite over the Easter weekend. There is nowhere more popular across the 57 km of beaches and beautiful coastline than Surfers Paradise. This is a great central location and is close to attractions that the whole family will enjoy such as Dreamworld and Sea World. Whether you are looking for that expensive spoil or something that won’t break the bank, you’ll be sure to find something to suit you on the Gold Coast.

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Melbourne

Perhaps you are more interested in spending your Easter break shopping? If that is the case, then you should definitely consider visiting Melbourne. As accommodation is situated in a central location and public transport is plentiful, it is both quick and easy to get around. Make sure you visit St Kilda and as many of the little boutiques, bars, galleries and museums as you can.

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Hobart

Some people want to escape the chaos of their everyday lives, and if that is you, you should consider Hobart. Hobart is known as a fairly sleepy town, but don’t be misled as it is far from boring. Even if you have the whole long weekend to spend exploring this town, you probably will not experience all it has to offer. Take a stroll to Salamanca Place and Battery Point or walk through the Saturday markets and have a taste of the locally produced food.

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Adelaide

Adelaide is perfect whether you have a family or just want somewhere to go for a romantic break for two. It is easy to see why it is the capital of Australia’s Garden State with its outstanding scenery. There are lots of lovely cafés and the city is surrounded by the wine regions such as Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills. For the romantic types, wine tasting in the hinterland and getting caught up in the festive spirit of the city in the evening is one of the best ways to spend Easter. For families, head to Gleneleg, a beach side city where you can swim and also take in some history at the German settlement, Hahndorf. With various playgrounds, a chocolate factory and a strawberry farm that allows you to pick your own strawberries, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained. And as the oldest capital, Adelaide also offers a long and interesting history to delve into throughout your stay.

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Lasseters Casino

A Trip to Lasseters Casino – Review

In addition to sandy beaches, wildlife and untouched nature, Australia has a lot more to offer. It is a country with great and vibrant cities, great culture, a lot of events and shows. But, Australia is also a very popular destination for people who like to enjoy a spin on the pokies or a hand of blackjack. Namely, this country has a lot of great casinos. In addition to a lot of great hotels that feature international standard casinos, there are a lot of online casinos, where thousands, even millions of Aussies try their luck on pokies and other popular casino games. If you want to know more, here’s where to gamble online in Australia.

Alice Springs

In this review we will present you Lasseters Casino, which is part of the Lasseters centre of entertainment located in Alice Springs. Alice Springs, also known as Alice, is a wonderful small town, located in the very centre of Australia. It has a population of only 28,000 which makes it the third biggest settlement in the Northern Territory. Its population is 12% of the total population of the province. One curious fact is that Alice Springs is about 1,500 kilometres away from the nearest major city. Despite the fact that it is based in the heart of Central Australia, Alice Springs can be reached both by train and via express coach service. You can reach it by car via the Stuart Highway, also, there are daily flights to and from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and Cairns.

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If you go to Alice Springs, then visiting Lasseters is a must. It is truly the social centre of Alice Springs with four bars, four restaurants, a nightclub, a poolside café, a sports lounge and of course an international standard casino, which was our favourite. Lasseters won a gold medal on the 2013 Australian Tourism Awards and a silver one on the 2015 Awards. At the casino you can play pokies and other electronic games every day from 9am until 4am, whereas table games are available from 3pm until 3am Sunday to Thursday and until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. There are over 330 pokies which can be played with as little as one penny and up to $1.

Gaming Packages

One thing that visitors love the most about Lasseters Casino are their packages- Bronze, Silver, Gold and Ultimate Gaming Package. With each of them you get bonus play chips, drinks, starters, blackjack and roulette tutorials. The Bronze, Silver and Gold Package are for groups of minimum 8 people and they can be purchased for $150, $200 and $250 for the group, respectively, whereas the Ultimate Package is for at least two people and it includes a night of premium accommodation, 3 course meal and a breakfast buffet. This package can be bought for $210 per person and we can confirm that it is truly ultimate.

Game Selection

There is something for everyone at Lasseters Casino, as their selection of pokies includes a number of old time favourites and a lot of new high quality slots. The management team at Lasseters Casino knows how much Australians love playing pokies and they made sure to offer only the very best of slots. The selection of table games isn’t limited to Roulette and Blackjack, as they also offer Texas Hold’em as well as Progressive Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Three Card Poker, Craps, Baccarat, Pontoon and Caribbean Stud Poker. Texas Hold’em is played as a no-limit game and the buy-in is up to $200. Various Texas Hold’em tournaments are held throughout the year. You can also play Keno at the Keno terminals located in the Sports Lounge and Casbah.

Diamond Lounge

If you’re in for the ultimate gaming experience in Central Australia and beyond, you should definitely visit the Diamond Lounge. It features 54 high-quality newly released pokies, a private coffee lounge bar and four tables. The seating is luxurious and exclusive food and beverages are being served. A lot of exclusive weekly promotions are offered at the Diamond Lounge. Lasseters Rewards program features 5 membership levels and the top three of them- Gold, Platinum and Diamond allow you to gain access to the Diamond Lounge.