First look: Sydney, Melbourne Amex airport lounges reopen as Centurion

The newly branded Centurion Lounges at Sydney and Melbourne International Airports are now open to eligible Amex Card Members. 

Last month, we saw the American Express Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne close to make way for a rebranding.

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Following the fresh coat of Centurion paint, both lounges have now been updated with new branding elements and will offer an enhanced customer experience. Think: living green walls, bespoke artworks and a refreshed menu, fit for a MasterChef.

Intrigued? Here’s what eligible American Express Card Members flying out of the country from Sydney or Melbourne can expect from the new Centurion rebrand.

What’s new

Aside from a new name, travellers can expect to benefit from an array of new amenities and benefits at The Centurion Lounge located in Sydney and Melbourne airports.

American Express has partnered with Australian Chef, Khanh Ong to design menu items, with a range of new dining options to be offered to Card Members from early 2023.

With two seasons of MasterChef Australia, ties with The George on Collins in Melbourne, and an up-and-coming food show on SBS under his belt, we can expect Khanh to cook up a pre-flight storm at The Centurion Lounge.

From next year, eligible Card Members can kick off their travels at both lounges with his signature cocktail, the Quandong Gin and Tonic, which celebrates the native red quandong fruit.

The walls at The Centurion Lounge in Sydney have also been adorned with a fresh coat of art by Blak Douglas. Guests will be greeted by an exclusive 8m long piece called The Sky’s Spirt, which is positioned adjacent to the live green wall that forms an enticing entrance hallway to the lounge.

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We don’t know too many details about the aesthetics at The Centurion Lounge in Melbourne Airport just yet, but we will keep you posted with a review soon!

Who has access to The Centurion Lounge?

Eligible American Express Card Members who are flying overseas from Melbourne Airport or Sydney International Airport now have access to the new Centurion Lounge.

The following cards grant unlimited access to the recently rebranded lounges, as well as two complimentary guest passes:

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The following cards grant Card Members two complimentary visits per calendar year:

It’s worth knowing that the Centurion Lounge can be a fantastic option for those heading overseas with families, with children under 17 years of age able to enter the lounge with an eligible Card Member.

For full terms & conditions on The Centurion Lounge access, visit 

Where and when: Locations and opening hours

The Centurion Lounge Sydney

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Where: Sydney International Airport Terminal T1, Departures. Located near Gates 50-63, take the lift/escalator down to Level 1.

Opening hours: 6:00 am – 22:00 pm, 7 days a week.

The Centurion Lounge Melbourne

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Where: Melbourne International Airport Terminal 2, Departure Satellite Level.

Opening Hours: 6:00 am – 23:00 pm, 7 days a week.


The Centurion Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne now join over 40 other Centurion international lounges, including New York JFK, Los Angeles International Airport and Heathrow Terminal 3, which is used by Qantas, Emirates, British Airways and Cathay Pacific flights.

The recent Australian rebranding is part of a global expansion that will see all AMEX Lounges eventually reopen as Centurion.

Have you seen the Centurion rebrand yet? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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