The complete guide to Qantas lounges: locations, access & more

Whether you're flying business class, have a Gold or Platinum card or Qantas Club membership, here's your guide to lounge access.

By Staff Writers, October 3 2021
The complete guide to Qantas lounges: locations, access & more

Qantas lounges are a great way to unwind before a domestic hop or a long flight.

In particular, Qantas' latest first and business class lounges have a stellar reputation when it comes to the overall ambience, amenities and dining.

While some of these lounges are closed or off-limits to many due to current travel restrictions, here's what you need to know for when you can next fly.

The six types of Qantas lounges

No matter how far or how wide you roam (on the Qantas network), you'll be close to a Qantas or partner airline lounge. Here are the different types of Qantas lounges available.

1. Qantas International First lounges

The Red Roo's most prestigious spaces are undoubtedly the Qantas International First lounges, offering a flagship dining and spa service at selected locations.

There are technically five such lounges in existence, but Auckland is nowhere up to the standards of the other four, in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Los Angeles.

The Qantas International First Lounge in Melbourne.
The Qantas International First Lounge in Melbourne.

In Sydney and Melbourne, book into the day spa with four tailored treatments by LaGaia including a range of facials and massages.

LaGaia now operate the day spas in Qantas' Sydney and Melbourne First lounges.
LaGaia now operate the day spas in Qantas' Sydney and Melbourne First lounges.

Learn more: Pre-flight pampering at Qantas' first class spa

Dining is decidedly restaurant standard – à la carte, not buffet, and cooked fresh in the open kitchen. There's an ever-rotating seasonal selection of dishes spanning a breakfast and all-day menu.

A healthy breakfast bowl at the Qantas First Lounge, Melbourne.
A healthy breakfast bowl at the Qantas First Lounge, Melbourne.

The curated drinks list features a wide range of tipples from Champagnes to crafted cocktails, kombucha to local craft beers.

Qantas' signature calamansi mojito is now served at its Singapore First Lounge.
Qantas' signature calamansi mojito is now served at its Singapore First Lounge.

It goes without saying – you'll also have all the other creature comforts on hand, including WiFi, business facilities, plus immaculate shower suites.

2. Qantas International Business lounges

You'll find International Business lounges at key Qantas cities in Australia and around the world. These cater for a much larger variety of passengers, from those travelling in business class to people with a paid Qantas Club membership.

This category also includes Qantas' mixed-class 'premium' lounges found in London, as well as the Perth International Transit Lounge, which both have their own unique flair.

The Brisbane International Lounge serves up healthy morning nosh through the Breakfast Hatch.
The Brisbane International Lounge serves up healthy morning nosh through the Breakfast Hatch.

While buffet dining is the norm here, certain lounges will also have made-to-order daily specials, such as prawn laksa in the Qantas Singapore business lounge.

Qantas' London lounge shines in the gin department with a tantalising range of top-shelf botanicals to whet your senses. If that's not to your liking, espresso martinis can be crafted at many other Qantas international lounges with tended bars.

The Qantas London Lounge.
The Qantas London Lounge.

Qantas' international business lounges have all the amenities you need, including WiFi, computers and showers.

3. Qantas Domestic Chairman's Lounges

Most travellers probably won't see inside a Qantas Chairman's Lounge, as they exclusively welcome invitation-only Chairman's Lounge members.

Located discreetly in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide domestic terminals, these offer an 'international first-like' experience when travelling on domestic flights, including a limited à la carte menu and premium drinks.

The Qantas Chairman's Lounge, Brisbane. Lucas Muro
The Qantas Chairman's Lounge, Brisbane
Lucas Muro

The restaurant menu can include popular First-lounge fare such as salt and pepper squid with green chilli and aioli sauce, or the club sandwich.

4. Qantas Domestic Business Lounges

Business class guests and those with Platinum or higher frequent flyer status can relax in Qantas' Domestic Business Lounges, which have a higher level of dining and amenities compared to the neighbouring Qantas Clubs, when darting across Australia.

Domestic Business Lounges are found in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth, and have entry requirements almost as strict as the International First lounges.

Qantas Domestic Business Lounge, Brisbane.
Qantas Domestic Business Lounge, Brisbane.

Apart from the all-important barista-made coffees and craft beers, most lounges have a 'tray around' during breakfast, lunch and dinner hours to complement the buffet offering.

5. Qantas Clubs

The Australian Qantas Clubs are the home for Gold and Oneworld Sapphire frequent flyers, plus those holding paid-up Qantas Club memberships. These are found in many more domestic airports around the country.

The revamped Qantas Club lounge, Melbourne.
The revamped Qantas Club lounge, Melbourne.

Although these lounges tend to be the most crowded, they still have the most important amenities including a tended bar, barista-made coffee and showers.

Executive Traveller insights: Qantas Club vs Virgin Lounge memberships compared

6. Regional lounges

Finally, Regional lounges are found in many smaller locations that Qantas and QantasLink fly to. Although the entry requirements are identical to the Qantas Club, generally you won't find any hot food or shower facilities here.

The Qantas Regional Lounge in Launceston.
The Qantas Regional Lounge in Launceston.

Oneworld and partner lounges

In places where Qantas flies to but doesn't have its own-operated lounges, eligible lounge passengers should be able to use other Oneworld airline lounges or those of a contracted third-party lounge where available. Browse the full list of partner lounges for more information.

How to get access to Qantas lounges

There are four main ways to access Qantas lounges before a flight: by the class of travel (business, first class), by frequent flyer status (e.g. Qantas Gold, Platinum and Oneworld Sapphire, Emerald), by Qantas Club membership, and by single-entry passes which come included with some credit cards and attaining Qantas Silver status.

In terms of guests, Qantas is more generous than most other airlines when it comes to business class passengers, offering them one guest each.

Brisbane's domestic Premium Entry leads straight to the lounges.
Brisbane's domestic Premium Entry leads straight to the lounges.

Qantas-operated lounges

This table summarises the different ways to get into Qantas' own lounges, plus the number of adult guests allowed in the brackets. Note that a few lounges have special access rules separate from this information.

International Lounges International First Lounge International Business Lounge
By class of travel:
Flying QF, EK or Oneworld first Yes (+1) Yes (+1)
Flying QF, EK, Oneworld business - Yes (+1)
Flying JQ Business Max fare - Yes (+0)
By frequent flyer or membership on eligible QF, JQ/3K/GK/BL, Oneworld, plus some EK, MU flight numbers:
QF Platinum One, QF/EK Platinum, Oneworld Emerald Yes (+1) Yes (+1)
QF/EK Gold, Oneworld Sapphire, Qantas Club - Yes (+1)
By single entry pass:
General pass (Silver status, credit cards) - Yes (+0)
Titanium pass (Qantas Titanium Mastercard, Platinum One) Yes (+0) Yes (+0)

Guest eligibility on international flights depends on how you're accessing the lounge – often, they'll have to be on the same flight as you. Check the Qantas Lounge Eligibility page for the latest information.

Domestic Lounges Domestic Business Lounge Qantas Clubs/Regional Lounges
By class of travel:
Connecting to/from international QF or Oneworld first Yes (+1) Yes (+1)
Connecting to/from international QF or Oneworld business Yes (+1) Yes (+1)
Flying QF domestic business Yes (+1) Yes (+1)
By frequent flyer or membership:
QF Platinum One, Platinum Yes (+2) Yes (+2)
EK Platinum, Oneworld Emerald, Eastern Miles Platinum Yes (+1) Yes (+1)
QF Gold, Oneworld Sapphire, Qantas Club, EK Gold, Eastern Miles Gold - Yes (+1)
By single entry pass:
General pass (Silver status, credit cards) - Yes (+0)
Titanium pass (Qantas Titanium Mastercard, Platinum One) Yes (+0) Yes (+0)

Not included in the table above are Qantas Chairman's Lounges, as only those hand-picked members have access. Occasionally, select Platinum One members may receive an invite to a Chairman's Lounge prior to their domestic flight.

Bringing children to Qantas lounges

Qantas' policy on bringing children into lounges, over and above the one complimentary guest each member can bring, varies depending on the lounge:

Lounge type Adult Guests Child age Number of children allowed
Qantas owned and operated 1 included 0 to 3 years No limit
4 to 17 years Up to two children
18 years + Counts as standard guest
American Airlines owned 1 included Under 18 years All children count as standard guests
Emirates operated 1 included Under 18 years All children count as standard guests
Partner/Associated Lounges 1 included Varies Varies, contact the lounge for clarification

Qantas partner (third-party) lounges

Where Qantas does not have its own lounges, partner lounges will be used instead. Entry requirements and guest allowances are usually more restrictive than Qantas-operated lounges – for example, single entry passes can't be used and children of all ages might count as guests.

Locations of Qantas lounges worldwide

Qantas' owned and operated lounges are found in the following cities, with links to Executive Traveller reviews where available.

Qantas Club Regional Lounges Domestic Business Lounge
Adelaide
Alice Springs
Brisbane
Cairns
Canberra
Darwin
Gold Coast
Hobart
Melbourne 
Perth

Sydney
Broome
Coffs Harbour
Devonport
Emerald
Gladstone
Kalgoorlie
Karratha
Launceston
Mackay
Port Hedland
Rockhampton
Tamworth
Townsville 
Brisbane
Canberra
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Chairman's Lounge
Adelaide
Brisbane
Canberra
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney

Also read: What it's really like in a Qantas Chairman's Lounge

International Business Lounges (Australia) International Business Lounges (Overseas) International First Lounges
Adelaide*
Brisbane
Darwin*
Melbourne
Perth (T1)
Perth (T3 - Transit)
Perth (T4)*
Sydney
Auckland
Wellington
Singapore
Tokyo Narita
Honolulu
Los Angeles
London
Auckland
Los Angeles
Melbourne
Singapore
Sydney

*Adelaide and Darwin utilise the domestic Qantas Clubs before international departures. Perth T4 utilises the Domestic Business Lounge before non-London international departures.

The Perth International Transit Lounge (T3) is only for passengers flying to/from London.
The Perth International Transit Lounge (T3) is only for passengers flying to/from London.

Qantas lounges FAQs

Can economy class passengers use Qantas lounges?

Economy class passengers are able to use selected Qantas lounges if they have a single-entry lounge pass, maintain a Qantas Club membership, hold Qantas, Emirates or Eastern Miles Gold status and higher, or have Oneworld Sapphire status and higher. Some exclusions do apply.

Can premium economy class passengers use Qantas lounges?

Qantas premium economy does not automatically come with lounge access. As above, you'll need to hold relevant Qantas Club membership, a single-entry pass or elite airline status to access Qantas lounges before a premium economy flight.

Does Qantas Silver status give access to Qantas lounges?

No, Qantas Silver status does not automatically grant lounge entry – that privilege starts from the Qantas Gold tier upwards. Instead, silver members get one complimentary lounge pass per membership year, that can be used at most Qantas-operated lounges.

Can complimentary lounge passes be used at any Qantas lounge?

No, some restrictions apply. Complimentary lounge passes can't be used at partner lounges, or at the Qantas Los Angeles international business lounge since it is also co-managed by British Airways and Cathay Pacific.

There may also be temporary restrictions on using complimentary passes at certain Qantas lounges due to peak travel times, renovations or IT-related issues. Check Qantas' complimentary invitation page for the latest information.

Can you pay to enter Qantas lounges?

Not at the time of writing, although Qantas may email you an offer to purchase lounge access with cash or points, starting from A$49 at domestic Qantas Clubs. The airline has in the past trialled paid access at selected business and first class lounges, subject to availability.