Qantas International First Lounge – Melbourne (MEL)

After a fantastic 7-hour flight from Singapore and Melbourne, including a few minutes of a visit to the flight deck, I had to catch my connecting flight to Christchurch. At first, I was a bit skeptical if I could make my connecting flight given the QF36’s delay history, and I only had a little over an hour. Luckily my arriving flight departed on-time, and we landed ahead of schedule.

I wasn’t familiar with the international terminal at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, but it didn’t take me long to figure after asking Qantas staff around the terminal. Qantas International First Lounge Melbourne is located airside, level 3, near gates 9 and 10.

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Upon presenting my boarding pass, I was promptly admitted by super friendly staff members. It didn’t take very long for me to acknowledge how friendly and hospitable the staff was. Before I forget, I want to give a shout-out to Hattie (my apology if I misspell), one of the team members at the lounge who was so lovely and made me feel so welcomed. But seriously, everyone there was just amazing!

The main area consists of a few dozens of red, white, and black leather chairs, similar to Qantas First Lounges in Los Angeles and Sydney.

What’s impressive about the lounge is the view, which overlooks the tarmac. As you can see, I could easily see the beautiful bird that took me from Singapore to Melbourne.

As I walked towards the dining area, the staff tried to convince and encourage me to partake of the breakfast — his enthusiasm was entertaining and refreshing. Unfortunately, I just had a big breakfast on the plane.

As a reference, I also took a few photos of the menu, so you have an idea of what they serve, particularly at this location.

Adjacent to the dining room, there is a bar that serves a variety of cocktails, beer, and wines, including the famous Qantas Rockpool Four Pillars Gin.

Besides the fantastic view, my favorite feature of this lounge is the departure board. As an aviation geek, I can’t help but wonder if I could have this at my house as a wall decoration! 😉

Conclusion

Too bad it was such a short visit. I wasn’t even sure if I had time to check out this lounge or not, but luckily my inbound flight arrived ahead of schedule, and I’m glad I had to a chance to stop by.

After my first and best flight ever on Qantas, they continued to impress me, especially how customer service-oriented everyone was. I’m a firm believer that a great product, in the sky, as well as on the ground, starts from excellent service, and Qantas exceeded my expectations by a long shot.

In terms of the design language, Qantas International First Lounge Melbourne looks just like other Qantas’ first class lounges, though it has smaller square footage. On the plus side, this particular lounge has an incredible view overlooking the tarmac, as well as a cool departure board.

I wish I had a chance to experience the à la carte dining, but unfortunately, I had a tight connection, and I wasn’t at all that hungry. But I guess that means I have more reason to come back and revisit in the future!

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