Travelling is without a doubt my favourite thing to do, and because of This Wkndr I have been able to experience many unforgettable moments – hiking to the top of Machu Picchu in Peru, sky diving over The Remarkables in New Zealand, road tripping through Yosemite National Park in the United States, swimming with baby sharks in the Maldives and hang gliding above the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.

However, if there is one thing I have learned over the last three years is that travelling is tough on the body. Long layovers, jet lag, problematic food and lack of sleep are known all too well to me. So when Qantas offered me the opportunity to experience the Domestic Business Lounge in Perth recently, I said yes in a flash. And needless to say, I quickly found out it’s the best Business Lounge I’ve experienced. Here’s why:


I’ve been really lucky to experience a handful airline lounges in my time, not many but a couple, and one thing I love is a well-executed design scheme with lots of windows looking onto the tarmac. And this lounge has it all. Designed by Woods Bagot, Qantas opened its doors to the new Domestic Business Lounge in Perth in August last year and it looks like it opened yesterday.


This lounge is big, and I mean, really big. It boasts room for more than 350 people which is so important because you when you wait for your flight, you want to wait in comfort. Most importantly, you don’t want to feel as though you are sitting on top of people, like the way you feel as you wait at the boarding gate for your flight. Know what I mean?


The Qantas Domestic Business Lounge in Perth is not just one big room with a few partitions dividing the room, like many airline lounges. It has breakout areas offering the choice to dine, relax and work. The design of the space subtly draws on the regional Western Australian landscapes featuring terracotta and metallic feature walls representing the mineral-rich soil found in the Margaret River, Matilda Bay, Wave Rock and Broome.


Even if the design of a lounge is top notch, I always look to the food to really get a good understanding of how good a lounge is. Not surprisingly the food in the Qantas Domestic Business Lounge in Perth is outstanding – fresh wood fire pizza made by a chef, a hot and cold buffet menu designed by Neil Perry, healthy salads (I got stuck into the Barley, eggplant and pumpkin salad with toasted nuts and seeds), a wine bar, barista made coffee, a make your own juice bar, as well as cocktails and canapes for evening travellers. 


This lounge has it all – business facilities, a sports lounge to relax and socialise, multiple dining areas, and minimalistic yet functional bathrooms, totally perfect for the Qantas traveller. So if you want to experience a Qantas Business Lounge for yourself, you'll need to travel Business Class with Qantas or be a Platinum Frequent Flyer. Trust me, it's totally worth it! 


This post is in collaboration with Qantas. All thoughts are my own.

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