I'm often passing through Darwin and most interested in the new space. The Qantas Media Release didn't include any photos, so if anyone's there and manages to take some snapshots I'm definitely curious to have a look!
It looks much bigger than the old one - I'm on the redeye on Saturday morning so I'll report back soon.
It must be hard to cater for such sporadic burts of people - I would imagine that >25% of the daily use of the QF club happens between 00:30 and 02:00.
Hopefully the terminal expansion will result in more available seats and mean that (non QF club people) people don't have to sit on the floor whilst waiting for their plane in the early hours of the morning or better still an end to the farce of sitting on the plane for 20 minutes whilst the adjacent international flight disembarks (so as that they can keep the international and domestic people separate) then disembarking via the stairs onto the tarmac then being ushered up stairs into the aerobridge of the adjacent gate, then ushered back down the stairs in the open air part of the terminal to then enter the terminal on the lower level next to the baggage carousel (don't laugh - this happened to me 2 weeks in a row).
We've posted some photos on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152383122907686.1073741869.8662337685&type=1
It has been a number of years since I was in Darwin, but thought the international part of the terminal was completely separate, with just a shared gate or two, which they close the doors on. Just trying to picture the scenario you mention about not getting off whilst international pax are also getting off.
There's quite a big gap between the aerobridge of the former gate 3 (I think it is now gate 7) - the one chiefly used by Qantas 737/767 metal and the international terminal aerobridge (which doubled as domestic 4A (now 8 I think)) and quite often in the period between midnight and 12:30am (especially if there is a delay) they will slot an arriving JQ A320 into that gap. 2 weeks in a row that was the SYD flight and we sat and watched the (late) DPS flight disembark on the adjacent aerobridge, then we were pushed down the stairs onto the tarmac, up the stairs attached to the back of the aerobridge - and then rather than simply being allowed to enter the terminal through the old domestic gate 4A (with the concertina gates blocking you from going into international arrivals) we were transferred out to the outside walkway down the stairs again and then sent out into the terminal on the domestic ground levels arrival gate. It was crazy. Admittedly it only happened twice (I fly in and out >40 times a year) but it was completely unnecessary.