The Reef Casino

Jack Wilson

The Reef Hotel is also known as the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, and is the only major casino of its kind in Cairns.It was constructed in 1996 and began trading the same year, and is owned by two major casino companies – Casinos Austria International Ltd and Accor Casino Investments Ltd.

The Reef Casino building from the outside

From inside the Reef Casino itself

Pokies at the Reef Casino

Casino Offerings

You will find a wide selection of traditional casino games here, including Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat (both mini and midi), Sic-Bo, Money Wheel, Texas Hold’em Poker, Reef Routine and Rapid Roulette.

There are also 500 top of the line pokies games machines, not as wide as the choice of online pokies in comparison, however enough to keep you amused for hours on end with a variety of bet amounts from just one cent to one dollar.

There is also a specially designed Keno area, in addition to TAB Mega Wall for sports betting.

Dress Code

The casino policy states that patrons must be dressed neat, clean and casual at all times and you are not permitted to enter in work boots or scuffed shoes, swimwear, bare feet, in any kind of dress up costume and generally in an untidy manner.


The complex boast multiple stylish restaurants and bars. Tamarind gives customers a fine authentic Eastern style dining experience along with a selection of Australian wines, the Flinders Bar & Grill focuses on pub favourites and steaks, whilst the Soy Kitchen creates Asian street food such as noodles and curry bowls.

There is a small coffee shop named Merchant Artisan where you can get small pastries and a variety of hot drinks, or for the evening there is Bar36, somewhere live music is played most nights. The Lihou bar gives direct access to the casino if you need to stop for a quick refresher in between games.

Watching sports has never been easier in the Casino Sports Arena, where multiple cinema style seating can be found in front of a huge television screen displaying all of the latest sporting events. If dancing and circus acts is more your thing, then you’ll find a great show every night at the Paramour Cabaret Theatre. For those seeking to relax from a night of gaming, why not try out the spa where a range of therapies are on offer.

Or, if you prefer to enjoy more physical activity, then head up to the roof where you will discover the Wildlife Dome as you zoom through a glass dome filled with tropical plants and native Australian birds such as parrots and cockatoos. You can just walk around this area or hook yourself up to a harness and tour the dome on ropes, interacting with the wildlife on display there.

Entertainment at the Reef Casino Hotel resort

Entrance hall to the Reef Casino

The bar area at the Reef Casino


Attached to the casino is a wonderful five star hotel with over 120 suites to stay in, decorated to the highest of standards. There are a variety of high-quality and comfy rooms, from Superior and Deluxe rooms to Junior suites, many of which have views over the pool, the casino or the Trinity Inlet body of water.

Most rooms are equipped with luxuries such as personal coffee machines, full room service, king size beds and stocked mini bars. The hotel and casino also offer a variety of packages which include multiple night stays and access to the leisure facilities.

What do customers think?

Overall this hotel receives positive reviews, with the live entertainment and views from the rooms over Cairns being a strong point, in addition to the cleanliness of the hotel and the friendliness of the staff.

There is a wide choice of pokies to keep you entertained and the roulette tables in particular prove popular, as well as the huge screen for watching sports on.

Some commenters claimed that the hotel is a little dated and needs a refurbishment, however others viewed this as adding to the authentic atmosphere of the casino complex and didn’t mind.

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