I raved about the Qantas First Class Lounge in Los Angeles, but the Sydney First Class lounge is even better.
My connection in Sydney was roughly eight hours. It wasn’t deliberate, but I sure didn’t mind an extended visit to the lounge. My original plan was to meet my former roommate from Frankfurt who now lives in Sydney, but a last-minute work trip to Christchurch came up for him, leaving me with no reason to leave the airport.
The lounge is located on Level 4, but you must take an escalator up via Level 3. Hours of operation are from 5am to 10pm daily. As you enter the lounge you are met with impressive stonework, a living wall of greenery, and impressive view of the tarmac.
Proceed upstairs where your credentials will be verified. That’s when I encountered my first surprise.
“Oh, it’s you Mr. Klint! We’ve been waiting for you. I left you a message yesterday.”
I responded, “I was traveling from Hong Kong. Sorry I did not receive it.”
“Yes, we saw your schedule. That’s quite a wild routing back to Los Angeles. Must be a mileage ticket we all said!”
“We took the liberty of reserving a spa treatment for you.”
“Sounds good to me,” I said.
“Your appointment is now.”
Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney Spa
For whatever reason, I was feeling like a facial instead of a massage and was surprised at how fresh I felt after my 20-minute treatment. The esthetician (facial professional) knew exactly was she doing. Spa rooms, like the lounge entrance, contain a live wall of greenery.
Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney Breakfast
Now feeling radiant after the facial, I sat down for my first meal in the lounge: breakfast.
An extremely friendly waitress welcomed me and brought me a glass of orange juice and a berry smoothie. I ordered an omelet with toast and a side of bacon and corn fritters, a delightfully unhealthy combo. A great a cappuccino as well, though it was served in a latte cup (and was indeed a latte). Faux pas!
Breakfast done, it was time to explore the lounge. The design of the lounge is one of the most iconic in the world: the picture below inextrixibaly is linked with Qantas in my mind:
Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney Seating
The lounge is spacious and never got so busy that it felt crowded. You’ll find seating areas, work areas, lounge areas, but no sleeping areas. There are drink stations with light snacks also positioned throughout the lounge.
Tarmac views are especially impressive. I’m no Sam Chui, but here are some of the airplane pictures I took from the lounge:
The A380 you see over and over above is the A380 that would take me from Sydney to London.
Qantas First Class Lounge Lunch
I spent most of the morning working before returning to the dining area for lunch. The black angus minute steak with café de paris butter was an excellent choice. I substituted chips (French fries) for a salad and enjoyed another superb meal. I could not resist another berry smoothie with the meal and cappuccino to finish. This time, it was served in the right cup.
Qantas First Class Lounge Showers
Restrooms are minimalist and include shower suites with rain showers.
The First Class Qantas Lounge at LAX is great, but the flagship SYD lounge is even better. I cannot wait to return.