Star City Complex Makes Debut in Sydney

Reed Travel Features

SYDNEY, Australia -- Travelers who are looking up gaming action down under might want to try their luck at the Star City Casino, which made its debut here in late November.

The gaming complex, built by Sydney Harbour Casino Holdings Ltd., will be managed by Harrah's Entertainment Inc., which also is a 24.6% shareholder in the $1 billion project. Harrah's, based in Memphis, Tenn., acquired its interest in the casino through the purchase of Las Vegas-based Showboat Inc.

As part of the project plan, Star City's opening coincided with the closing of the Sydney Harbour Casino temporary facility.

The new Star City complex, which includes 153,000 square feet of gaming space, is located on the Sydney inner harbor across from the central business district and next to a major leisure attraction in Darling Harbour.

The decor of the public gaming area, which features 200 table games and 1,500 slot machines, takes its theme from the country's natural geological attractions, such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback and the rain forest. A private gaming floor for high rollers features a Moroccan motif.

In the complex are a hotel with more than 500 rooms, suites and condominiums, seven restaurants, five bars, a nightclub and a retail center.

The 2,000-seat Lyric Theater, which is scheduled to host productions by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Co., also will offer the musical "Showboat" for one season beginning in April. Another theater, this one seating 900 people, is slated to host a roster of such entertainers as Natalie Cole, KD Lang, Kenny G, Jimmy Barnes and Air Supply.

Showboat Inc., owns and operates casino hotels in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and is part owner and manager of the Showboat Mardi Gras Casino in East Chicago, Ind.

For more information or to make reservations, agents can contact the hotel directly at (011) 612-9777-9000.


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