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Observation Deck at T1 International Terminal

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Published December 20th 2013
Sydney International Airport's best kept secret
Sydney Airport, T1 Observation Deck, Children at airport,
Take the lift up to level 4


If you ever have time to spare between flights at Sydney Airport International Terminal (T1), be sure to head up to the Observation Deck for some fresh air and a fantastic view back over Sydney city itself. Or maybe if you're looking for a romantic spot to farewell a loved one before their flight, this is definitely the place to come for a quiet moment before parting ways.

T1 Observation Deck, Sydney Airport, Plane spotting
Great views across to Sydney city


On a recent transfer from Sydney Domestic Airport Terminal (T3) to Sydney International Airport Terminal (T1), I was wandering around with time to spare, when a small sign stating Observation Deck caught my eye. I followed the arrow which lead from outside Departures "Check In C" to The Terrace Cafe, Bar and Bistro (open daily from 5am - 11pm) and took the lift way up to Level 4's Observation Deck.

T1 Observation Deck, Sydney Airport, Plane spotting
Telescopes for plane spotting


Up on the Observation Deck, there were no less than six telescopes available for spying on planes and general happenings around the Sydney International Airport Terminal (T1), which would be a perfect way to keep curious children entertained and moving before a long haul flight. Although I visited in the morning, there was also a bar, which would be an excellent place for a pre-flight drink with a view at night.

T1 Observation Deck, Sydney Airport, Plane spotting
The Terrace Cafe, Bar and Bistro


After a sufficient bird's eye view around the airport, I dragged myself away from the peaceful Observation Deck and headed back down the lift to The Terrace Cafe, Bar and Bistro for a quick latte in the sun before joining the dreaded flight check in queue. I think the Observation Deck is Sydney International Airport Terminal's best kept secret, so make sure you don't miss out next time you're dropping someone off or heading off somewhere yourself.

T1 Observation Deck, Sydney Airport, Plane spotting
Plane spotting at T1
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Why? Best place for a farewell drink before check in
When: Daily
Where: Follow signs from Check In C @ Departures
Cost: FREE
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