CBR: Canberra Virgin Australia The Lounge

 

Canberra Virgin Australia lounge
Canberra Virgin Australia Lounge
The Canberra Virgin Australia lounge is huge, stylish, and brand new, being finished in 2013, and sharing the common design and décor with the new Sydney and Melbourne lounge. Indeed, the only issue is it feels rather stark and sterile, and with a menu that is rather like a cheap copy of the Qantas version in the other half of the terminal. Warm and inviting, it is not.

You find the lounge opposite gate 3, and up the stairs or escalator – follow the signs for International flights, but instead of turning right at the top for immigration, turn left, and left again for the Virgin Canberra lounge, where there is a cast reception desk.

The lounge itself is like a isosceles triangle, with the shorter leg being the window side, and the point being by the reception desk – and here also is the hidden swipe card door for powerbrokers and politicians; Virgin Australia’s invitation-only The Club lounge.

Virgin Australia lounge Canberra
Canberra Virgin Australia Lounge

The lounge seems big – and often very empty – with seats for 320. This is half what Qantas offer in the ‘East’ wing of the new terminal, but can be empty except on Thursdays when Parliament rises; after 4pm in here then, can get very busy.

The Canberra Virgin Australia lounge is all about the panoramic view over the tarmac, with amazing floor to ceiling views, although if you prefer to keep away from them, near the entrance there is a comfortable area with hanging curtains and loungey type chairs.

As you go in, the food area then the bar is on the right hand side, with the famous Virgin snaking workbenches, while on the left is almost a maze of high benches and bar stools. Next up there are three long white benches. These have USB sockets to charge tablets or mobiles, beside the normal Australian power sockets.

Canberra Virgin Australia lounge
Canberra Virgin Australia Lounge

Beyond this there are acres of seats, with a large square area on the right, with regimented rows of seats, and a smaller but similar area on the left, separated by – guess what – yet another rack of wavy benches in the middle with newspapers and magazines.

Beside the windows in the Canberra Virgin Australia lounge are a line of 1+1 seats, with tables inbetween – these always come at a premium.

Bar

The bar is good in the Canberra Virgin Australia lounge, with two beers on draft: both types of Peroni. There are bottles of beer – everything tom Fat Yak to VB – behind the bar. There is soft drinks machine too.
Virgin Australia lounge Canberra
Canberra Virgin Australia Lounge

Wine is in the glass fronted refrigerated trough, with three types of white – you can serve yourself these; for anything else you need to ask the barstaff, which include spirits, of which there is an OK but not comprehensive selection.

Food

There is no hot food in the Canberra Virgin Australia lounge; instead you have to make do with a salad bar, but this is better than most Virgin lounges, with quite a decent setup of ham, cheese, and pasta dishes.

There is however a way of getting hot food if you want it – the famous Virgin Australia toasted sandwich machine. Take some bread, pop in ham cheese and pineapple if you want it, and away you go.

There is also hot soup in the evenings.

Canberra Virgin Australia lounge
Canberra Virgin Australia Lounge

Business Facilities

Business facilities are really poor in the Canberra Virgin Australia lounge.

There are just two laptops for communal use, and no printer.

There is however free fast wifi.

Virgin Australia lounge Canberra
Canberra Virgin Australia Lounge

Newspapers and magazines are pretty poor in the lounge: there is just Time, M2, and Traveller magazine, with the regular national and Canberra newspapers. All the magazines have stickers on saying they must not be removed from the lounge.

Bathrooms

In lounge.
Virgin Australia lounge Canberra
Canberra Virgin Australia Lounge

Access

Virgin Australia offer a daypass for a two hour lounge access for AU$65, or $420 for a year.

Business Class on Virgin Australia, and Virgin Velocity Gold & Platinum, have free access.

Video of the Virgin Australia Canberra Lounge
Virgin Australia Canberra Lounge
Virgin Australia Lounge rated: 7 out of 10
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