Review: Qantas Business Lounge, Brisbane, Australia

This post is one chapter on our trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne with The Great Ocean Road, exploring The Yarra Valley and the beaches of The Gold Coast via Qantas First Class. This trip was booked using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: Qantas Business Lounge Domestic, Brisbane, Australia

“The Qantas Business Lounge at Brisbane offered a substantial lunch offering with great short haul apron views”

In keeping with the holiday mode, we had a mid-day wake up. After a Marriott Platinum Breakfast, (pricing at $44 AUD on the weekend), we packed up the “Made in Australia” Holden Commodore AWD V6 and headed up the M3 freeway back to the Brisbane Airport. It was a much easier drive today without all the traffic as we passed by all the police traffic cameras on the way up to Brisbane. Thankfully, no tickets this time.

Arriving towards the airport, we gassed up and returned the car. It was surprisingly quiet at the Avis return area.

Checking into Qantas Business Class in “The Precinct”:

We rolled ourselves through the Brisbane Air Train area, which was much more impressive than our tiny Skytrain subway airport platform in Vancouver, Canada.

We headed to the far left over to the Qantas Business “Precinct”. Qantas has recently renovated their business class area in Brisbane to incorporate a dedicated and private check in, security and direct delivery deposit of passengers into the lounge.

It works and we were able to bypass an otherwise moderate line with the regular check in, in favor of a no line area with no wait and lots of space. After check in, it was up the escalators immediately up to the split lounge areas of both the Qantas Club and the Qantas Business Lounge.

Accessing the Qantas Business Lounge:

Once inside, we headed for the Qantas Business Lounge. Access to the Qantas Business Class Lounge was allowed thanks to the class of service of our ticket. Access is also granted to One World Sapphire members and higher.

Inside the Qantas Business Lounge:

The Qantas Business Lounge was a nicely decorated space, with ample loungers, dining areas and communal seating areas.

There was a separated dining area…

Along with an area and separate small format manned bar at the rear of the lounge…

Food and Beverage in the Qantas Business Lounge:

Like with all other Qantas Lounges, there was great food and beverage. Although we had access to Priority Pass restaurants in the concourse, we were much better served pecking away at the food on offer in the Qantas Lounge areas.

There was also a very full water station with infused waters.

I had soup, and a fresh ham and cheese toastie, along with a salad. This was paired with great airside views of Qantas’ short haul propeller operation.

Wine and alcohol service started serving at 12 PM (like in Melbourne) at a long bar in the center of the lounge.

We headed down to the gate at 12:40 PM passing through the long hallway towards the Qantas Club. I never headed in, but it seemed it had the lessor views overlooking the buildings and the vehicle arrival area street side.

On arrival to the gate, a short 10 minute gate delay was announced so we stopped in at “Graze at the Gate” for a Priority Pass water, and a glass of wine. They were still catering the plane with hold doors still open on our arrival so I figured it may be a while.

The Qantas Business Lounge Brisbane summarized:

Qantas still manages to put out a quality lounge product, even in their domestic operations. I wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit them. Having now visited their Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and now Brisbane lounges, their domestic lounges are always spacious, well catered and pleasant places to pass the time in.

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