As part of a recent trip to Canberra in Qantas Business Class, I called into the Qantas Domestic Business Class Lounge in Sydney so we could create this overview of one of Qantas’ flagship domestic lounges.
In short – while the Sydney lounge is not part of their recent lounge refurbishment program in Perth, Canberra and soon Brisbane – it still has good views, dining and comfortable seating, whilst still feeling relatively modern.
Qantas Sydney T3 Domestic Business Lounge Details
This lounge is one of five Domestic Business Lounges, with the others in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra. They are a step above a Qantas Club, with a more intimate and quieter atmosphere.
- Lounge dining
- Bar service
- Showers and toilets
- Apple computers
- Newspapers and magazines
The opening hours are from 5am until 10pm.
The lounge is located on the Departures level opposite Gates 4 and 5 in Terminal 3 of Sydney’s Domestic Terminal. Turn left after security, walk for about 30 seconds, and the lounge entrance is on your left.
The Business Class lounge entrance is seperate to the Qantas Club entrance, so don’t get them confused.
The Lounge has a wide range of different seating options, usable for dining, working or conversing. The best seats for solo travellers, couples or pairs are to be found near the windows for great views of the airport – if you can find one free.
The lounge is oriented around it’s almost 180 degree views of the busy Qantas domestic operations at Sydney, which also includes a few long-haul aircraft taxiing by. It’s a nice, interesting to view look out at to while away the time before your flight.
If you want to focus, there a couple of desk-like workstation areas for you to use the Qantas-provided iMacs, or BYO.
Food & Drink
There’s ‘all day dining’ buffet menu available to guests, with the menu rotated according to the time of day and season.
The quality of the food is generally a cut above that found in the Qantas Club.
In the mornings you’ll find Barista coffee on offer (not pictured), while at other times of day you can pick up a decent quality machine brew or tea from a self-service buffet in a few different locations in the lounge.
When it comes to wine and spirits, there’s plenty of both to help ease the nerves before your flight, along with an informal bar – one of the first spots you’ll pass as you enter.
Lounge Access Options
You can access this lounge:
- By class of travel: First or Business Class travellers on a Qantas flight (+1 guest who does not need to be travelling on the same flight)
- By Qantas Frequent Flyer status: Platinum and Platinum One members on a Qantas or Jetstar flight (+2 guests who do not need to be travelling on the same flight)
- By Emirates Skywards status: Platinum members on a Qantas flight (+1 guest who does need to be travelling on the same flight)
- By oneworld status: Emerald, International First and International Business members on a Qantas flight (+1 guest who does not need to be travelling on the same flight, excluding International Business)
Credit cards aren’t an option when visiting Qantas Business Class lounges – there are a handful of credit cards that each offer two entries per calendar year to Qantas Clubs as a perk, but the Qantas Domestic Business Lounges are limited to status holders and travellers in Business Class only.
Qantas’ Domestic Business Lounges are generally well-regarded for their food, drink and comfort. While the Sydney lounge, like it’s Melbourne counterpart, are a little behind the curve when it comes to Qantas’ latest lounge design ethos, Sydney still has just enough seating and high quality fittings and furnishings to make it feel premium.
In my view, it’s certainly a cut above the Virgin Australia Business Class lounge in Sydney, with a nicer environment and food on offer.
Qantas Business lounge access is decent perk of Qantas Platinum over Qantas Gold – I wouldn’t value it too highly, but there is a decent amount of differentiation vs the regular Qantas Clubs.
Images courtesy of Point Hacks and Qantas.