The Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney is the most luxurious lounge at Sydney Airport. It’s also one of the best lounges you can access if holding an oneworld Emerald status. Learn about why the lounge is so nice in this extensive lounge review!
Sadly, I’m not in Australia very often, so I only got a taste of the great Qantas First Class Lounge Los Angeles so far. As I’ve heard great things, I was really looking forward to visit the Qantas Flagship Lounge Sydney before my LATAM Boeing 787 flight to Auckland. The lounge is located in the International Terminal after security control. You just have to walk straight and follow the signage.
After taking an escalator, you’re at the ‘first’ entrance, while you are finally admitted to the Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney after taking a second escalator.
The access criteria is quite straightforward. Everyone flying First Class on any oneworld carrier or holding a oneworld Emerald status, travelling on the same day on a oneworld flight, can access the lounge.
The reception area of the Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney might be one of the most fascinating ones out there. The ultra-large old board showing flight information next to the reception is just an amazing feature.
Yet, that’s only one good thing to say about the lounge. Personally, I especially like the shape of the Qantas First Class Lounge. Upon entering, you are basically in the middle of the lounge, which stretches to the left and to the right.
In-between all the areas, there are large dividers and in the six different areas there are further smaller dividers. Thus, the privacy of all seating is great. In addition, the modern and yet cozy atmsophere is great and goes very well with the bright and airy lounge.
It’s totally unique that pretty much every seat in a lounge has direct tarmac views, so that alone makes the Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney a stunning place.
Other than that, I’ll mainly let the pictures speak for themselves as there are plenty of different seating areas with comfortable armchairs, a dining area, a business center, a bar with some seating and much more.
It goes without saying that you’ll find a comfortable spot to seat in the Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney. However, the lounge was rather full in the busy morning hours, but emptied out a little bit at around 10 am.
Something unique about Qantas First Class Lounges is that all catering is à la carte. There are two or three buffet areas in the Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney, but those are only to grab a drink or a small snack.
Everything else can be ordered from an extensive menu, which changes depending on the daytime. In addition, the menu changes seasonally, so you won’t get bored of the food even when enjoying the lounge often. You can have your food at the bar, in the dining area or anywhere else in the lounge.
Ordering is possible at the bar or with any waiter roaming around. While you are sometimes asked for your wishes, you have to be a little proactive to get your food and drinks. We were not too hungry as we had breakfast at the Pullman Sydney Airport before, but decided to give the food a try nevertheless.
Not only were the portions plentiful, but the food was also very good. Only the drink orders weren’t brought correctly, but that’s just a minor thing.
As you’d expect, the Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney offers all kind of premium alcohol including champagne and several wines.
You might enjoy one of several entertainment options at the Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney. There’s Wi-Fi throughout the lounge, so you can easily work on your own device. However, and especially compared to the Qantas Lounge Los Angeles, the speed was sub-par. It wasn’t bad, but not great either.
What’s great though is the business center, which is very well equipped with modern computers, proper office chairs and a printer. There’s also lot’s of space on the work stations, allowing you to get some proper work done.
If you are more into relaxation mode, you may want to go to the very back of the lounge, where you can find sort-of a relaxation area with magazines, newspapers and even books.
Sadly, we didn’t have enough time to give the Spa of the Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney a try. If you happen to visit, be sure to plan some time for one of the 20-minute treatments offered. If you are flying Qantas First, you can arrange an appointment in advance.
In case you are with a partner airline or just visiting the lounge on behalf of your status, you can ask for an appointment at reception. Be aware that it is first-come first-serve, so you might end up waiting some time.
As you have surely seen in this review, I loved the Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney. It’s not that the lounge would be that special, but it just ticks all the boxes in terms of being a great airport lounge.
The seating is very atmospheric and comfortable, the view is breathtaking. The à la carte food is among the best things you can get in airport lounges and the drink options are great as well.
Last but not least, the entertainment options and the spa services are an amazing addition. All in all, a truly great lounge, where I could see myself easily spend one or another hour.