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Crown Entertainment Complex
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Crown Entertainment Complex is located on the south bank of the River Yarra in central Melbourne, Australia. It is the city’s main entertainment venue, drawing in more than 18 million visitors every year. The complex opened in 1994 on a temporary site on the river’s north bank; it was moved to its present-day location in 1997.
The complex is truly enormous, covering more than 500,000 square meters – the equivalent of two whole city blocks – and home to more than 40 restaurants, cafés and bars; cinemas, an indoor amusement park; numerous shops, two nightclubs and a live entertainment theater. Additionally, there are three hotels and the largest casino in the Southern Hemisphere. The vast Crown Entertainment Complex is absolutely one of the highlights of Melbourne.
Things To DoIt is overwhelming how much there is to do in the Crown. The main attractions is arguably the Crown Casino, the largest gambling venue south of the equator and one of the biggest in the entire world. Some number to illustrate that: the casino is licensed to have 2,500 poker machines and 500 table games. It offers all six classic casino games – roulette, poker; blackjack, craps; pai gow and baccarat – as well as many other games. It was the first casino where visitors could play electronic roulette, now known as rapid roulette. Several versions of poker can be played in the casino’s poker room, the Crown Poker Room, which takes up a whole separate space in the complex. The complex, incidentally, is one of the main venues for competitive poker in Australasia .
Besides gaming and gambling, the Crown also provides accommodation to its visitors. There are no less than three world-class hotels. The Crown Towers is a five-star hotel with almost 500 rooms overlooking the CBD, Kings Domain and Port Philip. A second hotel is the Crown Metropol, with 658 rooms is known as Australia’s largest hotel. The third hotel is the equally as impressive Crown Promenade. These hotels are where celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry stay when visiting Melbourne. Most tennis players also opt to stay there during the Australian Open, mainly because of the rooftop tennis courts.
Additional entertainment on offer includes dozens of restaurants, bars; cafés, live show; interactive games, cinemas; spas and so on. There are several nightclubs, a “Galactic Circus”, a bowling alley, laser tag facilities and many high-end stores such as Harrolds, Prada, Hugo Boss, and Louis Vuitton.
Other highlights are the gorgeous black-marbled Atrium, the main entrance hall, the 1,500-seat Palladium Room and a number of impressive water features inside and outside the complex.
Visiting the Crown Entertainment ComplexChildren younger than 18 are allowed in the entertainment and shopping areas of the Crown Entertainment Complex, but not in the gaming and gambling areas, nor in the places where alcohol is served. In most areas of the complex, the dress code is neat casual.
The Crown Entertainment Complex is opened 24 hours 7 days a week, with the exception of Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day . On those three days the complex closes at 4AM and opens again at noon.
Facilities, besides entertainment and food, include extensive facilities for disabled visitors, many toilets, public telephones and cloakrooms and lockers.
How to Get ThereThe complex is located on Whitman Street in the Southbank area and can easily be reached by car, tram, bus and on foot. There are about five large car parks nearby. The nearest tram stops are on Clarendon Street, Flinders Street and QueensBridge. Clarendon Street is also where the nearest bus stop is. Melbourne’s two main train stations lie a short walk away: Southern Cross and Flinders Street Railway Station. Other ways to get to the Crown are by taxi or water ferry. One of Melbourne’s most-visited attractions, reaching the Crown Entertainment Complex is no problem whatsoever.
Similar and Nearby LandmarksOther entertainment complexes and amusement parks in the world include Navy Pier, Magic Kingdom; Phantasialand, Wild Wadi Water Park; Tivoli Gardens, the Efteling and of course, Disneyland. Great casinos include Monte Carlo, The Venetian Las Vegas and New York-New York Hotel and Casino.
Melbourne has more to offer than gambling and gaming. Other places that are worth visiting are the Arts Centre Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria; Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Cricket Ground; the State Library of Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
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Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Mar 02, 2015