Burswood Casino Western Australia

Burswood is a buzzing hub of entertainment on Perth’s doorstep, boasting Western Australia’s only licenced casino, a hotel complex, world-class events, unique parklands and abundant wildlife. Sitting on the Burswood Peninsula, surrounded by the waters of the Swan River, Burswood is just 10 minutes by car or taxi from the city centre. Bolton Avenue Corner Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, Victoria Park, Western Australia 6100 Australia.

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Burswood was once part of Rivervale and Victoria Park. It is comprised of a river peninsula north of Great Eastern Highway and also a parcel of land north of Shepperton Road. Pre-redevelopment (mainly in the 1980's) some of the land north of the highway was industrial and parts used as a rubbish tip. However, the Belmont Park Racecourse and a golf course existed here since the 1890's. Burswood Island was an unofficial name that has been in use since 1841

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West to Heirisson Island

Burswood - Intercontinental Hotel

The front of the Intercontinental Hotel at Burswood. This was one of the original buildings in the Burswood Island Resort complex. The Resort was developed in 1985. The name Burswood was gazetted in 1993. When the Swan River colony was established in 1829, Mr Henry Camfield was granted 4 square kilometers of land here. He named it Burswood after his home town of Burrswood in Kent, England. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS001

Burswood - Intercontinental Hotel

Inside the Intercontinental Hotel. It looks fabulous and the glassed, external elevators are an added attraction. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS002

Burswood - Intercontinental Hotel

Again inside the hotel. This picture is taken from the top floor, the tenth, looking down onto a restaurant and other amenities which are located on the ground floor. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS003

Burswood - Casino

Burswood Casino was Western Australia's first. Inside are poker, blackjack, baccarat and roulette tables, plus keno, and many poker machines. Two-up was also played here. The casino includes a high-rollers room plus a number of restaurants and bars. The Burswood Resort was constructed by and originally licenced to joint venturers Genting and Mr Dallas Dempster. In 2012 the complex was taken over by Crown Ltd (the Packer family) and was re-branded as such. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS004

Burswood - Dome

A stone's throw Burswood train station (previously known as Rivervale) is the Burswood Dome. It's a busy day today as the Hopman Cup (tennis) is on. The Dome has been used for sporting and musical events, amongst others. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS005

(Since demolished)

Burswood - Dome

The Burswood Dome now in an advanced stage demolition to make way for the construction of 1,000 car parking bays for patrons of the Crown Hotel, Convention Centre and Casino. Photo - August 2013. Photos Ref: BURS006

(Since demolished)

Burswood - Holiday Inn

This is the Holiday Inn Hotel in the Burswood Resort complex. This is a more recent addition to the area and was opened in August 2005. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS007

Burswood - Holiday Inn

Another view of the Holiday Inn Hotel in the Burswood Resort. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS008

Burswood - New Apartments

A large apartment block slightly to the west of the Hotel/Casino complex. The block pictured is relatively new although some have been here for over five years now. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS009

Burswood - New Apartments

The same apartment block as in the above photo but this time taking in another block and some low-rise houses and apartments which have been springing up nearby. This place is getting busy, and populated. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS010

Burswood - Crown Hotel

The Intercontinental Hotel changed its name to Crown when Crown Limited took over the resort in 2012. This is a view from the southern side of the hotel taken from the near the Water Sports complex. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS011

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This is primarily a photo of the bridge which crosses the lake behind the Convention Centre which leads to the Water Sports Centre, complete with fountain, but the Crown Hotel adds an excellent backdrop. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS012

Burswood - Helicopter Rides

Heliwest Scenic Flights offer helicopter rides over Perth. This is their office located to the south of the Crown Hotel, close to the Water Sports Centre. I believe they only operate from here on weekends. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS013

Burswood - River Pontoon

On the Swan River is this rather stylish pontoon. In the background is the Causeway eastern bridge and to the right of that is a slice of Heirisson Island. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS014

Burswood - Water Sports Centre

Looking down the verandah of the Water Sports Centre. Reflected in the glass you can see the pontoon and the Causeway. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS015

Burswood - Tennis Centre

Slightly to the west of the Burswood Crown Complex and the new apartments, and adjacent to the Perth - Armadale railway line is the State Tennis Centre. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS016

Burswood - Tennis Centre

Looking down from the grandstand across a couple of tennis courts. You can see how close to the rail this is. A train is passing by on its way to Armadale. You can also glimpse a section of Belmont Park railway station and the Belmont Park Racecourse grandstand. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS017

Burswood - Tennis Centre

Another view across the tennis courts. If the new Burswood football stadium comes to fruition, where these courts now are will be the site of a rail station, platforms and tracks etc. The Tennis Centre will have to be relocated. You can see a section of the golf course beyond the tennis courts, and that is where the football stadium may be built. In the far background are the W.A.C.A. light towers. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS018

Burswood - Golf Course

Rather attractive stonework and design of the main entrance to the Burswood Park Golf Course. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS019

Burswood - Function Centre

Just handful of metres south of the Golf Course gate is the entrance to the Burswood Park Function Centre, built with the same materials and design as the Golf Course. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS020

Burswood - Golf Course Sprig Bar

No golf course would be complete without the nineteenth hole. This is the Sprig Bar. Sitting out there under the sail clothes players can enjoy million-dollar views over the grass, the Swan River, and across to Perth city. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS021

Burswood - Golf Course Vardon Cafe

Close to the Sprig Bar is the Vardon Cafe for those who'd prefer a soft drink and a snack. You can also take in a splendid view from here. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS022

Burswood - Golf Course

This section of the golf course will be removed to make way for the proposed football stadium if that project eventuates, which seems a bit of a shame and a loss to local golfers, not to mention the water, the grass and the trees. Though a gain for A.F.L. fans with a projected 20,000 more seats than Subiaco Oval has to offer. January 2013. Photos Ref: BURS023

Burswood - Hamburger Hill

Very close to the southern side of Burswood railway station is an icon that goes back decades. Hamburger Hill is so well known to many people who ever lived around here or simply just passed through, as was the very visible Swan Portland Cement works just up the road. Hamburger Hill is still here but the cement works have gone. Photo - December 2007. Photos Ref: BURS024

(Since destroyed by fire)

Burswood - Belmont Park

This is the back-end view of the Belmont Park Racecourse grandstand as seen from the train line and the passing Graham Farmer Freeway. Perth winter race meets are held here. The racecourse was opened in 1899 and in 1902 adopted its current name. On the Perth - Armadale railway is the nearby Belmont Park station. May 2008. Photos Ref: BURS025

Burswood - Belmont Park

Putting on a rather fine face, this is the Belmont Park Racecourse grandstand from the track side. Just look at that lush green grass after all the rain we've had so far this year. Summer races meetings are held at Ascot. May 2008. Photos Ref: BURS026

Burswood - Belmont Park Station

Belmont Park railway station. Trains only stop here on race days. This is the southern part of the station. An old station here was known as Goodwood. It had a long, curved, wooden platform with no roof, and served the same purpose, transport for race day patrons. Prior to around 1990, crossing the Swan River by rail was on a single track over the wooden Bunbury Bridge. Early 1990's rail electrification included the construction of dual track between Burswood and Claisebrook and a new, concrete river bridge. January 2012. Photos Ref: BURS027

Burswood - New Stadium

The new sport's stadium in Burswood on what used to be part of the golf course. The stadium is really taking shape as you can see. May 2016. Photos Ref: BURS028

Burswood - New Stadium Station

Next to the new stadium is the railway station that will service that facility. This is slightly south of the Belmont Park station. The rail lines will be re-routed through here. The existing lines are off to the left. The station is due to open in 2018. May 2016. Photos Ref: BURS029

Burswood - Stadium Station

The completed Perth Stadium Station. The opening coincided with the opening of the Perth Stadium at the beginning of 2018. Although not in this photo, there were quite a few people in the general area today, looking around, in playgrounds and in the Camfield but surprisingly the trains only stop here on match days. July 2018. Photos Ref: BURS030

Burswood - Stadium

A view along the southern side of Perth Stadium taking in an interesting walkway. July 2018. Photos Ref: BURS031

Burswood - Camfield

The Camfield restaurant/pub, right next to the Stadium, is touted on their website as being Australia's largest pub. The building is comprised of the former Burswood Golf Course HQ, the Function Centre, the Sprigg Bar and the Vardon Cafe (scroll up to see photos of all four), all rolled into one. It looked like it was doing a roaring trade this Saturday. July 2018. Photos Ref: BURS032

Burswood - Pedestrian Bridge

The new bridge spanning the Swan River between East Perth and Burswood. It only opened two weeks ago. It's a pleasant stroll across. This is looking west from the Burswood end. On the left you can see some WACA light towers. July 2018. Photos Ref: BURS033

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The Burswood Entertainment Complex is located on the Swan River some five minutes from the city of Perth, Western Australia, and is owned by Crown Limited. The complex includes a 24-hour casino, seven restaurants, eight bars, a nightclub, two international hotels (a luxury 5-star InterContinental and a 4-star Holiday Inn), a Convention Centre, Theatre and the Burswood Dome. Burswood Train Station, near the Burswood Dome, provides a public transport link to the Perth CBD.

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History

1980s

In 1984, the Western Australian Government proposed at the suggestion of Perth businessman Dallas Dempster that a casino complex be constructed at Burswood Island on the Swan River, 3km east of the Perth city centre. This was the site of a large landfill facility, which posed difficulties in the proposal, design and construction phases due to the risk of subsidence resulting from decomposition and also the risk of release of effluent into the adjacent river as a result of pile driving for the construction.

The winning bidder to build the complex was Tileska Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Dallas Dempster and Genting Berhad, a Malaysian casino operator. At the time, there were allegations by rival bidders of misconduct between Dempster and his friend, Western Australian Premier Brian Burke.

This consortium planned a two-stage construction. The first stage was initially expected to cost A$200m, and involved futuristic-looking buildings comprising a 135-table casino, 400-room hotel, 18-hole golf course, convention and exhibition centre, tennis courts, amphitheatre and other amenities, together with a beautification of the Burswood Island area.The second stage of the plan involved the A$100m construction of another hotel on the site, but no time schedule was ever set for this and the second hotel was not constructed until two decades later.

The Tileska joint venture took up 60% of the capital in the Burswood Property Trust, which was to own the complex. Genting would run the resort, having experience operating casinos in Malaysia's Genting Highlands.

Construction of the resort was approved by the Western Australian Parliament in March 1985. It was hoped that the hotel-casino complex would be ready in time for the 1987 America's Cup race, to be hosted by Perth and construction was to be to a tight schedule in order to achieve that deadline.

The Burswood Property Trust was listed on Australian stock exchanges on 30 May 1985.

When it opened on 30 December 1985, Burswood Island Casino (as it was then known) was the largest in Australia, and third-largest in the world. It was expected to receive two to three million visitors per year and have an annual gross profit of A$100m. The public interest in the casino proved so much in its early months of operation that it posted a gross profit of A$1 million per day for its first two months, far outstripping expectations. In its early weeks of opening, people were reportedly forced to queue at the entrance for hours as the gaming floor was at its full legal capacity.

The Burswood Island Casino was opened several months ahead of schedule, and the other parts of Stage 1 (including the hotel, conference centre, theatre and indoor stadium) remained under construction throughout 1986 and much of 1987.

By January 1987, the complex recorded its three millionth visitor. Not sharing in this financial success, the Burswood Property Trust encountered financial difficulties and sold the hotel operations in the under-construction Burswood Island Hotel to Japanese investor Brisney Pty Ltd, a joint venture between investment company Yunan Development Co Ltd and hotel operator Kanematsu Trading Co Ltd.

On 28 August 1987, the Burswood Dome indoor sports stadium was opened to the public, and was noted as being by far the largest auditorium in the southern hemisphere.

The hotel's opening was delayed by 85 days, largely as a result of inclement weather and industrial disputes. This delay meant that the hotel and conference centre was not available during the early stages of the America's Cup race, necessitating refunds to overseas visitors.

Although the 417-room Burswood Island Hotel opened its doors to the public on 4 October 1987, the hotel's management reportedly allowed one of the casino's highest rollers to stay there a day early, during which time he won A$1.4 million,[16] which was believed at the time to be the highest amount ever won by an individual in an Australian casino.

The Burswood Convention Centre was opened on 20 November 1987, and on 8 April 1988, the entire Burswood Island complex had its official opening.

1990s

The casino was expanded in 1990, and an improved International Room (for high-rolling punters) was unveiled in 1995. 1998 saw the corporatisation of the Burswood Property Trust, and also saw the complete renovation of the Burswood Theatre.

In 1999, the management of Burswood undertook an extensive refurbishment program of the hotel rooms, to maintain Burswood's reputation as Perth's best hotel.

2000s

In 2000, a $96 million resort renovation and improvement program was undertaken.

2001 and 2002 saw the opening of the Ruby Room nightclub and Champion's Bar, both within the casino, and also the opening of the Grand Ballroom.

In 2003, Burswood entered into a deal with land developer Mirvac Fini for the residential development of vacant land between the complex and the Graham Farmer Freeway.

Picking up from the long-neglected Stage 2 of the Burswood development plan, in the early 2000s the management of Burswood made various plans to build a second hotel on the site. Eventually, in 2003 they entered into a joint venture deal with the InterContinental Hotels Group to run the existing Burswood Resort Hotel (to be re-branded as Burswood InterContinental Hotel) and a new, 291-room Holiday Inn hotel to be constructed adjacent to the Burswood Theatre.

In 2004, PBL acquired full control of the Burswood International Resort Casino, and in 2005 re-branded the site as 'Burswood Entertainment Complex'.

On 1 August 2005, the Holiday Inn Burswood opened for business after 29 months of construction.[18] Construction finished three months early and was A$2 million under budget.[18] The promoters proclaimed that it was 'Perth's first purpose-built hotel in more than 12 years'.

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In 2006, Burswood closed its renowned fine-dining Windows Restaurant in order to make way for a newer, expanded VIP room for high rollers. This new facility, called The Pearl Room, opened in late 2006 featuring 180 degree Swan River views. It replaced the old International Room which closed its doors following the unveiling of The Pearl Room.

In 2007, Burswood opened The Riviera Room - a new gaming room featuring higher stakes open to the general public. The Riviera Room is located at the site of the old International Room, and has been refurbished to feature a contemporary design.

MINQ, an exclusive late night bar, accessible only by a hosted lift at the entrance of The Riviera Room, opened in August 2007. Carbon Sports Bar opened in December 2007 and features a giant 12.5 x 4m wide screen and 16 x 52-inch plasmas.

Casino

The Casino at Burswood Entertainment Complex operates 24 hours, 7 days a week. It is the only casino operator in Perth, Western Australia. There are 1,500 coin operated game machines with a variety of games such as Keno, Video Poker and others involving dice, dominoes and balls. Jackpots are linked to many of these games. The reel-slots popular elsewhere in Australia and the rest of the world, operated with a pull down lever, are not permitted in Western Australia.

The table games include Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker (Texas Hold'Em, Omaha), Three Card Poker, Casino War, Progressive Texas Hold'Em, Ultimate Texas Hold'Em, Four Card Poker, Pai Gow, Money Wheel, Sic Bo and Caribbean Stud. The Blackjack tables in the main casino use Continuous Shuffling Machines, but in The Pearl Room most of the Blackjack tables offer hand shuffled 8 deck games dealt from a shoe. All Australian Blackjack games are played without a hole card.

The Casino at Burswood Entertainment Complex is a smoke free venue with designated semi-outdoor smoking terraces near most bars. The terraces lead outside but do not allow patrons to exit the premises. Although Perth now has a law that bans smoking inside of all pubs and clubs, the casino implemented this rule long before they were legally obliged to. The Pearl Room (for VIP guests), is the only area inside the casino that allows smoking on and around the gaming floor. To cater for this exception, a state-of-the-art ventilation system was installed during its construction.

Burswood Park

The area surrounding the Casino is known as Burswood Park and is managed by the Burswood Park Board. Originally a rubbish tip from the mid 1940s, the construction of the casino complex also saw the parklands regenerated into a public recreational facility. Today the park contains wildflower displays, a heritage trail with various statues, and the Burswood Park Public Golf Course.

Burswood Dome

The Burswood Dome is a large enclosed venue for entertainment, sporting, or special events. The dome is 8,800 square metres in size, with seating for 13,600 people (or 8,000 during tennis matches). The whole arena is pressurised so that the fibreglass roof is suspended 35m above the ground.

It has played host to a range of international and Australian performers and shows including Michael Jackson, Iron Maiden, U2, Coldplay, Mariah Carey, Elton John, The Boy From Oz, Guns N' Roses, The Wiggles, Justin Timberlake, Billy Joel, AC/DC, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and more.

The Burswood Dome was originally due to be demolished after hosting its last contracted Hopman Cup in 2007. Due to the Burswood Peninsula apartments being opened, it was announced the Delta Goodrem concert in July 2005 would be the last concert held at the Dome. The WA government have since come to an agreement to hold 10 concerts a year up till December 2007, and extend the Hopman Cup contract till 2008. This was later extended to 2011, until the completion of Perth Arena.

The Perth Wildcats basketball club have also played occasional games at the Burswood Dome when their regular venue was unavailable.

The A-League football (soccer) team Perth Glory is considering using the Dome as their home ground during the 2007-08 season, although the club in negotiation with regards to capacity at the indoor venue, as they are aiming for an average of 12,500 people at each home game. (Credit: Wikipedia).

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