I arrived at Brisbane airport around 6.15am for my 8.10am departure for Auckland. The airport was not very busy and check in at the business class counter was quick and courteous. Having checked in online it was simply getting a boarding pass.
A short walk through the terminal brings you to the entrance to the Qantas Lounge. You proceed upstairs to a welcome desk and then into the lounge. The lounge is open to Qantas Gold and above frequent flyers as well as OneWorld Sapphire, and Emirates top tier card holders.
It’s a long spacious lounge with many different seating areas, including a lovely quiet upstairs area that is open in busy periods. It was open during the time I was in the lounge, which was a lovely surprise, and it was completely empty.
The upstairs area has a lovely view across the downstairs part of this extensive lounge, into the terminal proper. and to the aircraft beyond. This is a standout feature for any plane spotters visiting the lounge.
The Qantas Lounge serves breakfast at during times I was in the lounge, including a range of hot and cold items. The lounge also features a unique breakfast hatch area for cooked to order requests.
I settled for a small serve of scrambled eggs with bacon, tomato and a freshly made cappuccino from the barista – a delicious way to start the day. Breakfast offerings range from fresh fruit to pancakes, muffins and toast. A range of juices from Bickfords are available from the Quench bar area.
There is a full bar available whenever the lounge is open, with a bartender as well as several areas stocked with self-service drinks. Champagne on offer the morning of my visit was the Seppelt The Drives NV, a delicate tasting addition to a cooked breakfast.
Free wifi, that is very straightforward to connect to, is available throughout the lounge. Wifi speeds were excellent whilst I was in the lounge, enabling me to work without an issue. Toilets and showers, including an accessible shower, were also available for guests’ use.
Towels and toiletries were able to be collected by guests in two locations; either outside the shower rooms, or inside the shower rooms. This Qantas lounge provided a good selection of Aspar products were available for guest use.
There is a small, but very usable, colourfully decorated children’s area situated in the upstairs section of the lounge.
I spent a total of about thirty minutes in the lounge before heading across to review the Emirates Lounge Brisbane.
Expert Traveller Recommends…
Over the past year or so Qantas has launched their new lounge concept and this International Lounge in Brisbane is top class. It follows a simple, muted design concept and aesthetic that was used to created beautiful lounge spaces in Singapore , Hong Kong , and soon to be launchd at London Heathrow. It offers many different spaces, good food options and a full bar. With views over the terminal and gate area it is a lovely place to await an international flight, wherever it may take you.