Waiting for a flight? Where to eat and what to do at Brisbane’s Domestic and International Airport

Do you get airport anxiety? Afraid you’ll starve through your wait time, perched on an uncomfortable seat with nothing to do? Great news – the international and domestic terminals at Brisbane Airport have plenty of food and fun. 

With free wi-fi, charging stations, restaurants and bars, showers, vending machines, water stations and smoking areas at each, you can be sure that Brisbane airport is well equipped for your wait. Read on for more detail or check out the Brisbane Airport website.

Stay nearby 

Need to stay local? There are plenty of hotels nearby. Check out accommodation near Brisbane Airport for convenient, comfortable and affordable hotels. 

Brisbane International Airport

In 2015, the international terminal had a complete makeover, bringing the tropical vibes of Queensland inside. Sit under a palm tree with a book or use an active cycle phone-charging station to soak up that outdoor vibe.

Dine in 

Before you jet off to an exotic international destination, dine in at one of the terminal restaurants. Located just before security check, Spoon Deli Café and The Coffee Club offer a light brunch or sit-down lunch with salads, baked goods, hot meals and sweet pastries. Start with a coffee and end with a wine at Corretto Café & Bar, or feast on local produce while overlooking the runway at The Botanist Kitchen and Bar

If you’ve rushed through security and have time on the other side, Brisbane River Grill is serving eggs from Tamborine Mountain, cheese from Woombye and fresh seafood. Windmill and Co is ideal for a drink at the bar, pre-flight pizza and share plates. 

Quick and easy

Need food fast? There’s plenty of quick and easy options within the terminal. Before security, find fresh sushi from Sushi Sushi, the flavours of Mexico from Mad Mex or a roasted barbecue chook and chips from Red Rooster. If you’re about to board, grab Asian-style street food from Tuk Chop, a foot-long sandwich from Subway, a fruity smoothie from Boost, a light snack from Hudsons Coffee or a loaded burger from Burger Urge – you won’t fly hungry.  

Shop

Leaving Australia? Take a little reminder with you. Beautify yourself with makeup products from Benefit and Mac, and grab your signature scent at a reduced price from JR duty-free. Don’t forget a signature koala souvenir from Australian Way, Australian-made products from Australian Produce Store and a range of Indigenous gifts by Aboriginal artists from Dreamtime Journey.  

Surf fashion brand Billabong was founded here in Queensland so it’s only appropriate you stock up on the brand when leaving Brisbane. After you’re set for surf gear, what could you possibly need? Sunglasses! Browse the range of designer sunglasses at Sunglass Hut

If you’re heading into a cooler climate, merino wool clothing and a pair of UGG boots from Merino Collection are necessary, or slide into a pair of leather R.M Williams boots – they’ll last forever. 

Explore

No need to be a frequent flyer because the international terminal offers the plaza premium lounge to everyone. Enjoy comfortable seating, food and beverage, wi-fi and internet workstations, showers and international newspapers and magazines for a two or five-hour set payment. The best part? There is a Wellness Spa located within the plaza lounge providing a serene oasis for travelers to relax and unwind. 

The culture doesn’t stop when you’re in the airport. Continue to explore and pass the time on a self-guided art trail tour that showcases five signature pieces in the international terminal and two in the domestic, which celebrate the Queensland and Australian lifestyle.   

Brisbane Domestic Airport Terminal

The Domestic Terminal’s décor also reflects the Queensland lifestyle and environment. The food hall features local timbers and joiners while the barrel vaulted ceiling lets in natural light – you’re not done with the Queensland sun just yet. Bars and eateries are dotted throughout the terminal, while two main food courts are located at each end, so no matter who you’re flying with, there’s bound to be a bar or quick and cheap eat nearby. 

Dine In

Start with all-day breakfast from The Coffee Club, premium coffee and hot meals from Giancarlo and cake and pastries from Velocity Café & Bar. Moving on to lunch, satisfy your cravings with Roman-style thin crust pizzas from Bar Roma or tasty share plates, artisan breads and charcuterie from Graze Grill & Bar

Start your trip with a tasty Queensland brew from Great Northern Bar, Glasshouse Bar or Aviation Pier Café & Bar, which serves local beers on tap and offer menus championing local produce.

Quick and easy 

No time to stop? You can grab quick and easy eats from a number of venues. Start your day with coffee from Merlo Caffe, Forte Espresso or Brisbane favourite Fonzie Abbott. For the health nuts, munch on fresh salad from Sumo Salad, Vietnamese noodle bowls from Roll’d, sushi rolls from Sushi Sushi or Wasabi Warriors, a fruit or vegetable juice from NRG Express or salad wraps from The Market Place

If the crisp air conditioning has you wanting something warm, enjoy hot meals from Red Rooster, Hungry Jacks, Subway, National Pies and Carl’s Jr or grab something international from Mad Mex, Upper Crust or Wok On Air. Finally, finish with a tasty treat from Krispy Kreme, a range of comfort foods from Gateway Café and a fresh beverage from Cavu.  

Shop

Shop ‘til you drop in the domestic terminal. Ladies, start with a new wardrobe from Witchery, Seed Heritage and Blue Illusion, stock up on makeup from Mecca Maxima, get fit with a new outfit from Lorna Jane and prepare for a good night’s sleep in pajamas from Peter Alexander and lingerie from Victoria’s Secret. While gentleman can have a field day in Oxford and Rip Curl

One must always know how to accessorise, so treat yourself to new jewellery from Mimco, a new handbag or watch from Guess and a new pair of sunglasses from Sunglass Hut in preparation for the Australian sun – you’ll probably need another suitcase after this spree.

For last-minute gifts and cards, Typo is the backup plan for your forgetful self.