How to get a Cheese Plate in the Qantas Business Lounge

How to get a Cheese Plate in the Qantas Business LoungeFancy a cheese plate in the Qantas Business Lounge?

In the domestic Business class lounges, Qantas does not generally put out cheese and crackers with the rest of the lounge buffet food. But there’s a simple trick to get a delicious cheese plate complete with two types of cheese, crackers, nuts, quince paste, apricots and sultanas. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine while waiting for your flight!

Although there are no cheese plates on display in the Qantas Business Lounge, Qantas keeps a stack of pre-prepared cheese plates in the kitchen refrigerator.

If you’d like one, all you need to do is politely ask one of the lounge staff behind the buffet, in the bar or at the coffee machine. Although Qantas doesn’t advertise that cheese plates are available, the lounge staff will be happy to get you one if you ask.

Cheese plates seem to be available at any of the domestic Qantas Business Lounges within Australia. These are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane. They can be accessed by Qantas Platinum and Platinum One frequent members, Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers and Qantas Business class passengers.


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This is a bit like the a la Carte menu in the Galleries First lounge for BA in Heathrow. Great selection offered, but you have to know about it, and specifically ask a lounge staff member to see the menu and place an order. There is absolutely no mention of it anywhere in the lounge itself. We only found out when we saw another lounge guest with a freshly made burger and chips, and another with a bowl of ice cream, and boldly asked where they were able to get them from.


What do you mean? The menu is always sitting on the tables, most of the tables have them. I’m in there most weeks and have never NOT seen the menus around…….


Well we were in that lounge four times last month and saw nothing until our last visit, when we asked other lounge guests how they got their meals. I approached a staff member who had to go to a draw near the entry and get a printed menu out. She commented that they should be out, but then just closed up the draw. And happy to confirm the cheese platter was definitely and happily available in the Melbourne business lounge this afternoon!


That’s a good tip! 😉