Sydney - Kingsford Smith
- A huge variety of zones, many with airport views
- Power points aren't plentiful, except in the working areas
- Working pods provide a great place to power away on a laptop
Often one of the busiest airport lounges in Australia, the Qantas Club in Sydney is the go-to for many business travellers jetting to and from the New South Wales capital.
It's far from the newest lounge in Qantas' network, but one that still meets the needs of most flyers – here's what to expect when it reopens.
Location & Impressions
Once you're through security in Terminal 3, make a left turn, and you'll find the Qantas Club entrance along the concourse.
When you see the 'Qantas Business Lounge' sign, ignore it and keep walking, until you encounter the separate Qantas Club bollard.
Make your way up the escalator, scan your boarding pass at reception (along with the Service NSW QR check-in code), and you're inside what would normally be one of Australia's busiest domestic lounges.
Looking for something to eat or drink? There's a bar, barista, and the buffet/service counter to your left after entering.
Although the food and drinks are nestled to that far side, Sydney's Qantas Club is an expansive space – and if you can't immediately find a seat, keep walking and you're bound to encounter a quieter space.
As the lounge sits above the regular departures concourse, Qantas Club guests enjoy the same airport views, but with fewer obstructions:
Those large windows also allow plenty of light to flow into the space – and views aren't limited only to those by the glass, either.
Sydney's Qantas Club normally opens one hour prior to the first Qantas or QantasLink flight of the day, and remains open until the evening's last Qantas/QantasLink flight.
As with all airport lounges across Australia, expect the Qantas Club to be closed when local lockdowns are in effect, or where government regulations place restrictions on 'indoor dining' venues.
- Qantas Club and Qantas Gold members prior to Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar flights.
- Qantas Silver frequent flyers and eligible credit card customers tendering a single-use lounge pass prior to a Qantas, QantasLink or Jetstar flight.
- Oneworld Sapphire frequent flyers when their next onward flight that day is operated by Qantas or QantasLink, booked under a QF or other Oneworld flight number.
The Sydney Qantas Club is also 'home' for the following travellers:
- Air New Zealand Gold and Elite cardholders booked on a domestic Qantas or QantasLink flight under an NZ codeshare flight number.
- Alaska Airlines' Lounge members prior to Qantas and QantasLink flights, booked on the native QF flight number.
- American Airlines Admirals Club subscribers before a Qantas or QantasLink flight booked under a QF or AA flight number.
- China Eastern's Eastern Miles Gold members departing on a domestic flight operated by Qantas or QantasLink on a QF or MU flight number.
- Emirates Skywards Gold cardholders travelling onwards aboard a Qantas or QantasLink flight booked under a QF or EK codeshare flight number.
Jetstar passengers, your flight will depart from Terminal 2, although this lounge sits in Terminal 3.
You can still stop by, but will need to allow time for the walk between terminals, and for another round of security at T2 in time for boarding.
When your journey begins at yawn o'clock, make a beeline for the barista counter.
Although queues can sometimes be lengthy, staff pump through coffee orders quickly – and if you're pressed for time, use the pause between ordering and pick-up to grab a bite nearby.
On our most recent morning visit, the egg, pumpkin and kale salad was a nice and fresh starter, with the ham, egg and cheese plate also enjoyed with a warmed bread roll.
Beyond breakfast, crudités are a staple of the all-day menu. When local restrictions make buffets possible, you can help youself to tasty treats.
At other times, staff are on-hand to assist: and to speed things up, pre-assembled snack bowls make for a swift handover.
Menus change over time, but another signature tends to be a substantial salad – seen here as a potato salad, plated up by staff and ready to go.
Depending on the setup, you may also be able to pick and choose from individual ingredients.
During the evening peak, a hot item often joins the lineup, with tasty sweet potato chips one of the regulars.
Particularly on weeknights, chicken wings are another frequent headliner – although aren't as easy to eat with cutlery, particularly if trying to multitask.
Back to the bar – from noon each day, you'll find a broad selection of beers, wines and spirits.
A number of those beers are on tap, with others seen in the display fridges behind.
If you're mainly stopping by for a quick after-work refreshment, there's plenty of seating adjacent to the bar.
Barista coffee remains available throughout the day and into the evenings, too.
Particularly in the afternoons as travellers check-out of hotels and arrive at the airport early for their flight, the working spaces in the Qantas Club prove very popular.
Towards the 'buffet end' of the lounge, these working pods fill up fast – each with AC power, although with the outlets unfortunately mounted close to the bench, which won't accommodate some laptop chargers.
Where power isn't essential, the lounge has many long tables suited to laptop work.
These are great for teams working collaboratively, but they're typically near walkways, which puts them in slightly noisier locations.
Heading towards the 'not buffet end' of the lounge often finds things a bit quieter.
Over in the very far corner – closer to the Business Lounge – you'll also find a few larger working pods:
These are terrific when there's serious work to be done, as they're in a secluded place with lots of privacy. Plus, the power outlets don't have size constraints, so you can safely plug in transformers large and small.
You'll also find power-equipped seats at the long tables opposite the bar, although the lounge would certainly do well with more power points in more places overall.
WiFi speeds here are super fast, with downloads averaging 164Mbps, and uploads on-par at 157Mbps, during our most recent visit.
Much of Sydney's Qantas Club is given over to relaxation: and in particular, unwinding with a drink after work.
Almost every seat throughout the space provides a cocktail table, for that very purpose.
Groups travelling together will ALSO find collections of seats.
Parents with kids may instead gravitate towards the Joey Club corner, around and behind the buffet. Here, there's seating for those supervising, and toys and games for the kids.
Or, if you just need some quiet time, you'll find other seats to suit. Shower suites are also available in the Qantas Club.
All in all, while this certainly isn't the newest lounge in Qantas' network, its design still brings character to the space – and with Sydney's unique airport views, is anything but 'cookie cutter'.
With purpose-built working pods, other areas to eat and relax, and appreciated amenities like all-day barista coffee and spirits at the bar, there's a lot that regular guests will value.
However, if nothing else, getting more power points installed would make the lounge more accommodating for modern travellers.
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Chris Chamberlin travelled to Sydney at his own expense.