Cairns has a great tarmac view complete with mountains

 

 Qantas Club Cairns Business Class Lounge

Welcome to the Cairns Business Class Lounge in tropical North Queensland Australia. The Qantas Cairns business class lounge has one of the best tarmac views in Australia. This lounge is located in the domestic terminal and has been recently refurbished. 

Qantas Club Cairns Domestic Business Class Lounge Review 1

Quick Index Qantas International Business Lounge Cairns

                  

What is the Cairns Qantas Club business class lounge like?

Cairns is an international destination with connecting flights from Singapore, Tokyo, Port Moresby, Shenzen and Auckland to name a few. This review is for the domestic lounge. Qantas Club members can access this lounge. If you have a complimentary pass issued by a credit card company, this will be your lounge at Cairns domestic terminal. The Cairns domestic lounge is reasonably spacious and has the usual neutral colour palette of other Qantas lounges both in Australia and around the world. Snacks and light options are available throughout the day. There are both hot and cold options. Full bar service (after 12pm) and barista made coffee for beverage options.

Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal pandemic signs
Entrance to the Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal. A sign of the pandemic times, pre warns you to get your Covid 19 etiquette on!

                  

Seating and Wi-fi

All Qantas business class lounges offer comfortable seating and a place to charge your devices. It also has a dedicated office area complete with printer and photocopier. 

lounge overview Qantas Club Cairns
The Qantas Club lounge in Cairns is very similar to other domestic lounges in Australia.

There are lounge style type chairs, chairs and tables, bench seating, armchairs and stools. 

Qantas club Cairns business class loungeArmchair style seating in neutral beige.
Armchair style seating in neutral beige.

Like the Qantas Club in Melbourne you can choose to be more familiar with people or distance yourself!

Cairns Qantas Club seating
Like in Melbourne there are various styles of suiting to suit your mood.

The best seats have to be the ones by the window, where you can watch the planes ascend against a green mountain background.

window seats at Cairns Qantas Club only1invillage
Comfortable seats and a great view, but, no charging points.

The worst seats are the hard wooden seats, but they are the best height for eating at, think more dining chairs than armchairs.

qantas club Cairns
The hard wooden chairs are best for doing business, but not for comfort!

                  

Conducting Business

Believe it or not, some people actually use a business class lounge to conduct business! There is a printer available, but, we have never seen anyone use a printer in a business class lounge.

Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal printer office area
Believe it or not, some people actually conduct business ina business class lounge! We have never seen anyone use the printer though.

Plenty of people have their laptops out, checking e mails and browsing the Internet. Whether they are actually working is anyone’s guess. There are charging points at a ratio of about 1:4 seats. Wi-Fi is automatic, there is no need to ask for a code. As soon as you enter the Qantas Club lounge in Cairns your device will pick up the Wi-Fi.

                  

Children’s Play Area

If the little ones are tagging along, there is a good space for them to play and run around.

Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal play area
A dedicated play area for small and big children alike!

                  

Food options

Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal Covid safe floor markings
Look down, look down your Covid safe floor markings are everywhere. Qantas’ signature red extends to the floor stickers.

Similarly to other domestic lounges in Australia for the Qantas Club, the food is not as good as the non Qantas Club lounge. On the plus side, there is a range of hot and cold options. If you’re inventive, you can put together a complete meal with hot soup for a starter!

Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal salad options cold food
Buffet style cold options are available at the Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal.
Qanatas Club Cairns domestic terminal soup of the day
Hot soup as an starter dish? You can put together a complete meal if you have time.
Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal menu board
The menu board offers a selection of hot and cold food options.

If you arrive at the Qantas Club Cairns at breakfast time, there will not be any hot options, according to the picture above. We would assume that if this option is on offer in the future, it would be a selection of Full English breakfast items. These would be hash browns, sausages, mushrooms, bacon, fried eggs and maybe some grilled tomatoes. If you want to see what the Full English looks like, click here, for a review of the Qantas International lounge Melbourne.

Qanats Club Cairns domestic terminal ccake and coffeeold options
The salad bar plated up looks better. The barista made coffee did not come in a ceramic mug.

 

Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal pasta
We found some penne pasta on offer. It was quite reasonable.
Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal
Grill up your own panini. Sometimes you cannot beat a ham, cheese and tomato sandwich!

If you’re trying to go for the mini restaurant experience and like to finish your meal off with something sweet, there are a few little bites. 

Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal snacks biscuits and crackers
Need something sweet to nibble on? There are a few sweet treats such as muffins and biscuits.

                  

Beverages

Soft drinks are on tap. Alcohol is offered both self service and bar service.

Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal alcohol cabinet
The alcohol cabinet in the Qantas Club Cairns. Thinking about installing one in your kitchen??
Qanatas Club Cairns domestic terminal wine selection
Wine is on a self service basis. Average wines in the region of $15 to $25. Beer you get from the fridge.

Coffee is a national interest in Australia, so naturally it is on offer in every Qantas Club lounge in the country. You can get the DIY one from an automatic machine, or get the barista to do it.

Qantas Club Cairns barista made coffee
Queue up for your barista made coffee. Unfortunately it doesn’t come in a mug, only a paper cup with plastic lid.
Qantas Club Cairns machine dispenser coffee
If you can’t hang around for a coffee, get a machine dispensed one. Not as flavourful as a ‘real’ barista coffee in our humble opinion.

                  

Shower facilities

If you’re feeling grubby and need to freshen up the good news is, showers are available at the Qantas Club Cairns. If you have paid for a membership to use  the lounge don’t waste it.

Qantas Club Cairns shower cubicle white decor
Private shower cubicles at the Qantas Club Cairns. They may not be as flashy as the ones offered by middle eastern airlines like Emirates or Qatar, but, they get the job done!

The showers aren’t flash like in an Emirates or Qatar lounge, where the showers resemble mini bathrooms, but hey, you’ll smell better and water is water right?

Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal shower room private cubicle
The white shower tiles and taps are nothing fancy, but, you’ll feel more refreshed.
Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal communal toilets
The communal toilets are probably the same as in the airport. We don’t know as we never used the non lounge area.

                  

Final Thoughts

The Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal is a pleasant lounge to while away a few hours. You probably don’t want to spend more than 2 hours here. If you have the option of using a lounge or not using a lounge, always use one! Don’t expect gourmet food and fine wine. Think of it more as a pleasant cafe experience with the option for a shower.

A lounge is always a better option than slumming it with the masses in the main airport terminal!

Qantas Club Cairns domestic terminal view over Cairns
Bye bye Cairns you’ve been great.

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