Virgin Australia now has seven domestic lounges within its network. In this guide, we run through the lounges in each city, what to expect when you use a lounge, a quick look at Virgin Australia’s paid lounge program and the (few) credit cards that offer Virgin Australia lounge access as a perk.

What can I expect in a Virgin Australia domestic lounge?

All of Virgin Australia’s lounges offer buffet food, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks. Spirits are not usually available but sometimes pop up on occasion. In-house barista-made coffee is available for that caffeine fix, particularly before the morning bank of flights.

Outside of food and drink, you’ll get access to power to charge your devices, seating (unless it’s really busy), and, hopefully, a quieter and more restful space to hang out in before your flight and do some work, make some calls, or whatever you prefer.

For getting work done, you’ll get free Wi-Fi access which is generally fast enough for basic use, but perhaps not for uploading huge chunks of data.

Virgin Lounge Coffee
Settle into barista-brewed coffee.

Lounges reduce the stress of travel. Having somewhere defined to go before your flight makes it more relaxing, particularly when you can settle down with a nibble and a tipple before the flight. Showers are available too.

Where are Virgin Australia’s domestic lounges?

Unfortunately, Virgin Australia trimmed its lounge network in late 2020 following a review of its costs. The airline’s Alice Springs, Cairns, Darwin, Mackay, and Perth T2 lounges were axed, along with its affiliation with ‘My Lounge’ at Brisbane Airport, which is now the Aspire Lounge.

With that in mind, here are Virgin Australia’s current lounge locations, all of which are located within the domestic terminals:

Most Virgin lounges are visually engaging and a nice space to spend some time before your flight. They match the Virgin Australia brand and style and have common architectural signature elements, including a ‘leaf’ pattern lighting on the ceiling.

The exception, of course, the airline’s new flagship Adelaide lounge which opened in February 2021 to great fanfare after a year of COVID-related delays. Virgin Australia also has three invitation-only lounges for members of Virgin Australia Beyond. These are found in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Inside the Virgin Australia Melbourne lounge

Virgin Australia’s stunning Melbourne lounge features a brand-new look, while still being a familiar sight for frequent flyers. New cheeky signage welcomes you into the space, which is now divided into separate zones.

  • ‘Wake Up’ Coffee Bar: a central café staffed by professional baristas
  • ‘Wind Down’ Wine Bar: your go-to hub for local beers, ciders and wines
  • ‘Get Down to Business’ centre: Meeting rooms for hire, PCs and printing facilities (temporarily closed)

In terms of lounge seating, there are also four distinct areas:

  • Gallery Lounge: Comfy chairs and ottomans as you take in the expansive views from the windows
  • Sunroom: Cosy seating areas for you to chill with a loved one, friend or colleague
  • Long Stay: Conveniently located next to the Wine Bar, this is where solo travellers can catch up on work or unwind
  • Workbenches: Offering plenty of power and data ports to stay connected on the fly

The Virgin Melbourne lounge also shows off a seasonal menu which rolled out across the country. Dishes will rotate monthly from a range of menus. Enjoy the likes of:

  • Sourdough toast with smashed avo, fetta and chilli flakes
  • Penne bolognaise with parmesan
  • Potato rosti with crispy bacon and baked beans
  • Karaage chicken with slaw and mayonnaise
  • Mediterranean plate with falafel, tabouli and hummus
  • Freshly baked cookies
  • Scones topped with fresh cream and Jam Gelato cups

Take a virtual tasting tour with us below! Fresh sandwiches, wraps, salads, and healthy snacks will continue to be offered.

Inside the Virgin Australia Adelaide lounge

Virgin Australia’s latest lounge in Adelaide boasts a fresh new design by WMK Architecture that is being rolled out to the airline’s future lounge spaces (such as Melbourne, above).

Virgin Australia Adelaide Lounge Launch

But the Adelaide lounge is noticeably warmer in atmosphere, with an eclectic mix of clean white curves, sandstone, wood panelling and the occasional injection of fiery red and black in the dining area. There’s also a better demarcation of zones for relaxing and for having a nibble.

  • ‘Library’ is a dedicated work area with PCs, printing facilities, and power sockets to keep topped up.
  • ‘Gallery Lounge’ is a space to relax with lounge chairs and a TV.
  • ‘Sunroom’ is also designed to be a cosy place to chill out.
  • ‘Long Stay’ is tucked away from the entrance and has a wide variety of seating.

Inside the Virgin Australia Sydney lounge

This lounge occupies two levels in the Virgin Australia domestic terminal. The upper level offers good views across the tarmac of Sydney’s domestic and international arrivals. The bottom level is not so great, looking out on the rooftops.

Passengers travelling in Business Class can use Premium Entry with no checked baggage, as can Velocity Gold and Platinum members. However, it currently only opens on weekday mornings.

This quirky video from the airline shows a comparison between the experience of being a ‘regular’ passenger and one using Premium Entry:

Inside the Virgin Australia Brisbane lounge

Virgin Australia opened the new Brisbane lounge in late 2015, with Richard Branson present. It features a large atrium entry, cafe and, like in Sydney, Premium Entry for eligible travellers.

Designed for those with only hand luggage, Premium Entry is a real-time-saver, offering direct lounge access and security clearance from the terminal entrance. Check the Virgin Australia website for the latest info on when Premium Entry is open.

Virgin Australia Brisbane Premium Entry

Inside the Virgin Australia Perth lounge

The Perth Domestic T1 lounge reopened in late 2015 as part of the airport’s $1 billion redevelopment. It serves most Virgin Australia flights leaving Perth out of the new terminal.

Virgin Perth Lounge Overview

For comparison purposes, it is slightly smaller than the Brisbane lounge. Virgin Australia has focussed heavily on the use of glass, making this lounge attractive for plane spotters.

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How can I access Virgin Australia lounges?

1. Through a credit card

Unlike Qantas in recent years, Virgin have kept lounge access from credit cards pretty tight. Only two personal cards from American Express and one other Visa card offer any kind of lounge benefit.

The American Express Platinum Charge has unlimited access for you and a guest included as part of its expansive benefits for a high annual fee.

Unfortunately, we have confirmed with Virgin Australia’s Lounge Coordinator that the American Express Platinum Card lounge benefits cannot be combined with any other form of unlimited lounge entry.

This means that if you hold that Amex card and also Velocity Gold status, you would not be able to combine the lounge guest benefits to bring in two guests — still only one guest allowed overall.

The only exception to this rule is single access lounge passes, which can be used to bring in extra guests above your entitlement.

In addition, the following credit cards include two single-entry lounge passes per year:

2. By flying Business Class

If you are travelling on a paid or reward seat Business Class ticket, you’ll get access when departing or arriving* on a Virgin Australia flight. However, unlike Qantas Business Class passengers, who can usually bring one guest, you can’t bring any guests in.

Virgin Business 737
Virgin Australia Boeing 737 Business Class

3. With Velocity Frequent Flyer status

Velocity Gold members (+ 1 guest) and Platinum members (+ 3 guests) gain access both on departure and arrival* when flying Virgin Australia. This is quite a generous offer. For comparison purposes, Qantas only grants on-arrival access to Platinum frequent flyers and higher.

Here are some of the cheapest ways to get Velocity Gold status through a status run. You might also apply for a ‘Discover Gold’ status challenge for three months of Gold-grade perks, including lounge access.

Silver members get two single-entry passes a year, which cannot be transferred to other passengers but can be used for a guest when you are travelling with them.

4. With airline partner frequent flyer status

You and at least one guest will gain access to the lounge when departing on a Virgin Australia flight and holding Gold status or above with partners like Air Canada, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

5. With a Virgin Australia Lounge membership or pass

Virgin usually sells access to their lounges, either on an annual membership basis or for single-use access. As of 7 July 2021, you can buy a membership starting from A$399 with the joining fee waived. Rates increase from 1 July 2024, though. There’ll be a $99 joining fee, and the yearly membership charges increase to $450.

Membership allows you to also bring in a guest and two children aged 2-12 years old. Many employers and professional associations will offer significant discounts on the joining and annual fees.

Lifetime memberships are also available again, remaining at A$9,750 for general members and A$6,750 for seniors aged 60 years and over at the time of purchase. Lifetime members are eligible to use Virgin’s Premium Entry facilities in Sydney and Brisbane.

Virgin’s Premium Entry is available to Lifetime Members but not those who pay per year.

Virgin Australia Lounge membership is handy if you fly with the airline regularly, but don’t have elite Gold or Platinum status yet (for example, you might be booking the cheapest fare or just using points for reward seats). Membership lets you into the domestic lounges before any Virgin or partner airline flight, along with one guest.

At the current yearly price of $399, we think it’s good value if you plan to fly in Economy at least 14 times or more in the next 12 months. That works out to be up to $29 a visit. Of course, your travel should be between cities where there are Virgin Australia lounges to kick back in.

You’ll get even more bang for your buck if you travel with a companion frequently and take advantage of on-arrival access when it’s reinstated.

6. Using Velocity Points or cash

You can purchase a single-access pass for $65 at the door, but this can be used only two hours before your onward flight.

Lounge access may be cheaper at pre-paid rates if purchased in conjunction with a flight in the same booking—this will show up as an extra before you reach the final check-out stage.

There was previously an option to swap 10,000 Velocity Points for a lounge pass, but this isn’t being offered right now.

Can I access Virgin Australia lounges on arrival?

The following passengers could step off a Virgin Australia flight and access the lounge in their arrival city, subject to space constraints:

  • Business Class passengers (no time limit)
  • Velocity Gold and Platinum status holders (up to 60 minutes)
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members (up to 60 minutes)
  • Virgin Lounge members (up to 60 minutes)

This is perfect for freshening up or having a quick snack before continuing on with your day. Velocity Silver status holders and those using single-use passes (e.g. from a credit card) are not eligible for access on arrival.

How many children can I bring to Virgin Australia lounges?

The ability to bring children in excess of your normal guest allowance is possible in some circumstances. Virgin Australia defines children as ‘twelve or under’ for the purpose of lounge access.

  • Velocity Gold and Platinum passengers can bring in up to two children to any domestic Virgin Australia lounge in addition to their normal guest allowance
  • Business Class passengers cannot bring in any children as guests unless the children are also flying Business Class. Only infants under two years of age are exempt
  • In all other international airports with lounge access, children are counted as part of your guest allowance thus you can only bring one

Summing up

Virgin Australia now has a downsized lounge network, in line with the airline’s transition from full-service to mid-market carrier. But it’s still a good place to relax before your next flight.

You may also be interested in reading our definitive guide to Qantas lounges, and also check out how to choose the best lounge before your next flight.

Supplementary images courtesy respective airlines and lounges. This article was previously written by Matt Moffitt. Updates by Chris Chamberlin.

The Ultimate Guide to Virgin Australia Lounges was last modified: June 7th, 2024 by Brandon Loo