T1 International

There are a number of facilities and services across the Sydney Airport precinct to help make your journey more relaxing.

Accessible facilities

We're committed to providing terminal services that are readily accessible by all members of the community. A full list of accessible facilities and services can be found on our accessible services and facilities page.

Assistance Animal Relief Area

Assistance animal toilet and watering facilities are available at the T1 International terminal after security on the arrivals level.

The assistance animal toilet at T2 domestic is temporarily closed.


Baggage storage by Smarte Carte
Closed opens Saturday at 8am
Opening hours
Every day
8am - 6pm
Level 1

If you need particular baggage services including the storing of any items at the airport, Baggage Storage™ operated by Smarte Carte operate baggage storage, online visa application, printing and faxing services at the one facility.

Baggage Storage™ by Smartecarte is located towards the southern end of the Arrivals level of International Terminal (T1) opposite Blooming Trails (florist).

Early check-in trial

From late August until mid-October, passengers travelling with one of the 7 airlines listed below will have access to an early check-in service at the International terminal.

  • Air Canada
  • Air India
  • China Southern
  • Etihad Airways
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Scoot
  • Tianjin Airlines

Passengers who arrive more than 3 hours before their flight departure can use the dedicated early check-in beside counter K between during the hours of 12:00 and 18:00 daily (AEST).

Once check-in is complete and bags are processed, passengers can head through customs and security to enjoy the additional seating, lounges, retail outlets and food and beverage services available near the gates.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout T1 International. Simply select FreeWifi@SYD from the list of available networks, answer the questions, read the terms and conditions and click "Proceed". You will be shown a sponsored message then directed to a website.

This public access Wi-Fi service is not encrypted so please ensure services such as banking, e-mail and social networking sites have security such as SSL enabled.


Whether you’re travelling early in the morning or have some time between flights, you may to choose to stay at a hotel close to the terminal or at the Aerotel, located in the Arrivals hall at T1 International.

Visit our Hotels page for more information.

Information desks
Opening times vary
Level 1
Level 2

Our Airport Ambassadors wear bright blue jackets to ensure they are easily identifiable and stand out.

Airport Ambassadors are located throughout T1 and T2, including at well-marked information desks:

T1 International - Departures Level

Between check-in counters "G" and "H" Opposite check-in counter "D", near front terminal entrance Opposite SYD Airport Tax and Duty Free Store after immigration and security screening

T1 International - Arrivals Level

Opposite passenger exit A and B

International Student Welcome Desk
Opening hours
Level 1

The NSW International Student Welcome Desk is staffed by helpful students ready to answer questions and assist arriving students.

The Welcome Desk offers guides and maps with information on iPads and screens.

You’ll find the Welcome Desk at T1 International in the Arrivals Hall opposite passenger exit A.

Opening times

The International Student Welcome Desk is currently closed.

Lost Property

If you lost something in one of our terminals, visit our Lost Property page.

If your item wasn’t found at our terminals, it may have been found on an aircraft or on public transport. Here are some additional contact details to help you find your lost property.

Airlines - Contact your airline for lost and delayed baggage, or if you have left something on board an aircraft.

Baggage Handlers - Your airline may contract out the management of lost, delayed or damaged baggage to a ground handling agency.

Lost passports - Lost passports found within the terminals are handed over to the Australian Border Force. They can be contacted via 1300 561 330 or by visiting their website.

Sydney Trains - For any items left on the train.

Taxi - If you left something in a taxi, you should contact the relevant taxi company directly.

Please note, Lost property services at T1 and T2 are provided free of charge. Sydney Airport does not work with third party lost property services.


There are multiple airline and pay-to-use lounges located after security at T1 International terminal, giving you the chance the sit back and relax before boarding your next flight.

In the Arrivals hall, the Plaza Premium lounge is located within Aerotel which offers pay-to-use access.

More information on the lounges can be found here.

Medical centre
Closed opens Monday at 8am
Opening hours
8am - 4pm
8am - 4pm
8am - 4pm
8am - 5pm
4pm - 8am
Level 3

The Medical Centre located on level 3 of the T1 International terminal offers a range of medical services for travellers, staff and visitors to the airport.

The Medical Centre can be contacted on (02) 9667 4355.

Christmas Opening Hours

The T1 Medical Centre will be closed from 16:30 on Friday 23 December 2022 and will reopen on Tuesday 03 January 2023 from 08:00.

Medical Travel Companions

If you require additional medical assistance* before, during or after your flight, Medical Travel Companions offer a comprehensive assistance service for passengers travelling through Sydney Airport.

Visit the Medical Travel Companions website for more information.

*Please note, airlines have complimentary support services as part of your airline ticket. We recommend confirming the level of service offered by your airline prior to booking.

Meeting and conference rooms

Looking for a convenient place to meet while you're travelling? Our modern meeting and conference rooms at T1 International are well equipped with a range of audio visual equipment to ensure your next meeting runs smoothly.

Kingsford Smith Suite: located landside on Level 3 of T1 International, above WH Smith, the Kingsford Smith Suite can be set up in a variety of configurations, and caters for up to 150 people seated or 200 standing. Please email us if you wish to make a booking.

Media Centre: please email us if you wish to make a booking.

Meeting point

Dedicated meeting points can be found at the following locations in the T1 International and T2 Domestic terminals;

T1 InternationalArrivals level between exit A and B
T2 DomesticArrivals level opposite baggage carousel 6
Plane spotting

With three runways, more than 300,000 aircraft movements a year and a wide range of aircraft arriving and departing each day, Sydney Airport is a great location for plane spotting.

Click here for more information on the great vantage points around our airport.

Post Office
Level 2

The Australia Post store at T1 International terminal closed on Wednesday 31 May 2023. The red and yellow (standard and express) post boxes remain near to check-in counter J before security.

Visit the Australia Post website for information on your closest store.

Prayer room
Level 3

A prayer room is located on Level 3 of International Terminal (T1) to accommodate the religious needs of travellers.

A second prayer room is located within the taxi holding area at T1 to service the requirements of all taxi drivers.

Level 2

Shower facilities are available at the general check-in area near check-in counters A and K on the Departures level.

There are also shower facilities located airside (passenger only access) near Gate 31, Gate 51 and Gate 24 (male only) on the Departures level.

You will need to provide your own supplies for the use of the shower. These supplies may also be purchased at some of our retail outlets.

Smoking areas

NSW legislation states it is an offence to smoke within four metres of a pedestrian entrance or exit of a public building. NSW Health Inspectors are responsible for enforcement and can issue $550 fines to people who do not comply with the law.

Smoking is not permitted inside the airport terminals.

To accommodate smokers, we provide designated smoking areas outside our terminals. If you are a smoker, we ask that you please ensure you use the designated smoking areas provided and do not smoke in the marked smoke-free areas.

Our designated smoking areas can be found on our terminal maps.

There are no smoking areas for passengers transiting through T1 International.

Open now until 10pm
Opening hours
Every day
6am - 10pm
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

Toilets are located throughout the International Terminal (T1).

Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

There are two Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) offices located at T1 International:

  • Departures hall after security
  • Arrivals hall, between Arrivals A and Arrivals B

More information on the Tourist Refund Scheme can be found here.

Travelling with children

Read our dedicated Travelling with children section for useful information to help with your journey in and out of Sydney Airport.

Travelling with pets

Each airline has its own arrangement for the carriage of pets. Please contact your airline to find out more.

Jet Pets

Jet Pets are a worldwide service providers for transporting pets and may be able to assist in transportation.

For more information, visit the Jet Pets website.

Hanrob Pet Hotel

Hanrob Pet Hotel is located close to the airport and offers a number of pet services including pet accommodation, daycare and training.

For more information, visit the Hanrob Pet Hotel website.

Travel agency

A travel agent is located at T1 International terminal on Departures level, close to check-in G.

For more information, visit the Flight Centre website or contact 1300 668 965.

VIP Rooms

Sometimes, you need the VIP treatment. Our VIP rooms are located at T1 International, and their use is considered on a case-by-case basis, subject to security and government regulations.

To enquire about our VIP rooms, please email us.

Water fountains
Opening hours
Level 1
Level 2

Drinking water is available from the water fountains located throughout T1 International. The fountains are clearly sign-posted and located at most toilets where you are welcome to fill up your water bottles.