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I recently had the opportunity to visit the American Express Centurion Lounge in Sydney.  Here’s the scoop!


Australia has been on my Bucket List for over 15 years. So I’m happy to report I got to fulfill my dream this past August!  We flew from Adelaide to Sydney and had what was supposed to be a short layover in Sydney on the way to New Zealand. (NZ was my husband’s Bucket List destination!)

where is the American Express Centurion Lounge located in Sydney Airport?

It’s located in International Terminal 1 near Gate 24 right next to the Sky Team Lounge.  I found a very small but classy American Express Centurion Lounge in Sydney.

As sometimes happens when travelling, our short layover became a long layover when our flight to Christchurch, New Zealand was delayed. Tired passengers (especially the littles) were getting impatient and worn out.  And you know how it is when that happens, right?

Luckily, the Centurion Lounge was only steps from our departure gate so it was very convenient!

Seating & Amenities

The Centurion Lounge was a welcome respite from the gate chaos that was ensuing.  There were some really comfortable swivel leather chairs beside the floor to ceiling windows with a great view of the runway.  Other seating included some big leather armchairs in a nook, a large counter table with bar stools and a few booth seating options.  I would say the capacity of this Centurion Lounge was about 50 people.


Comfortable leather swivel chairs with a cool view!

Watching all of the activity at the gates and planes taking off can be mesmerizing. This evening was no different.  It is especially nice when you can enjoy a glass of bubbly while observing all of the planes!

There is a small bar area where you can order a wine or cocktail and some mini fridges that had cokes, sprites and bottled waters you could help yourself to.  Unlike the other Centurion Lounges I have visited, there is no room for seating at the bar.

australia-sydney-centurion-loungeWe were there about 7pm and they were serving dinner.  There’s an area with hors d’oeuvres, a small salad bar and some hot food in the corner next to the bar.  The food was fresh and tasty.


The staff were friendly and kept all items refilled on a regular basis throughout our short stay.

There were 2 small individual bathrooms down a shotgun hallway.  And of course, there was high speed wifi, charging stations and flight information boards.


Although this is by far the smallest Centurion Lounge I’ve ever been to, the Centurion Lounge in Sydney still fulfilled what we value the most.  Comfort, quiet, high levels of service and some top notch food & drink matter a lot before setting off on a new adventure!

There is a new lounge opening in October that will be about 3 times the size of this one.  I suppose that means I will have to return to Sydney so I can get the lowdown for you!

Want to know more about getting access to American Express Centurion Lounges? All you need is a Platinum American Express Personal or Business card.  Don’t have the card yet? Click Here to Apply Now!

For more details on other Centurion Lounges, read this post!

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