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Federation Square

Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
61 3 9655 1900
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Ranked #46 of 203 attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Architectural Buildings, Museums
Owner description: Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores, Federation Square... more » Owner description: Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores, Federation Square is Melbourne's meeting place - a local hang-out and one of Victoria's most popular tourist attractions.Designed by Lab Architecture and Bates Smart, this modern piazza is the size of an entire city block and receives an average of eight million visits each year.Major attractions include:The Ian Potter Centre: NGV AustraliaHome to the world's largest collection of Australian art from the Colonial period right through to contemporary artworks.Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMICelebrates, explores and promotes the cultural and creative richness of the moving image in all its forms – film, television and digital culture. Melbourne Visitor Centre Melbourne's one-stop-shop for visitor information and assistance. Federation Square hosts more than 2,000 events each year and is a hub for festivals, markets, fashion shows, public lectures, films and concerts. The majority of events at Fed Square are free and entry to the permanent exhibitions at ACMI and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is also free.Federation Square is home to 16 restaurants, bars and cafes as well as smaller contemporary art galleries and tourism services including bike rental, tour buses, boat cruises and souvenirs.Fed Square has free WiFi and the space is open 24hrs every day of the year. Note that the galleries, shops and restaurants all have their own opening hours. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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173 reviews 173 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We came here and enjoy Fed Square during the World Cup and the place just has an awesome atmosphere when there are events on. It can be a great way for a family to enjoy a day or evening out

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

There seemed to be a lot of activity going on, book sales, singing/rapping performance and exhibitions etc. It is worth walking through just for a look or a drink/coffee. Just my opinion but not a very attractive site. Always something happening though.

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Don't bother. Overpriced shops and the place looks like a joke. As a Victorian I'm ashamed of it. Lots of better places to see. Hopefully it gets pulled down soon

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Every time I've been to Federation Square I haven't been disappointed. It's a wonderful spot in Melbourne that always has something happening. Some great eateries as well as entertainment and it's central to so many other attractions!

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Singapore, Singapore
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Federation Square is definitely one of the landmarks of Melbourne,situated beside Flinders Street Station,front of Yarra River/St Paul Cathedral and galleries. It's a place that is great for hangout with friends and family. Besides, there is a screen constantly airing shows and those kind of laid-back chairs are too provided. So come here if you want a chill,be it at... More

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Christchurch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The design is unique and takes a lot of getting used to. The Square is well worth a visit and you may be very glad you did. From a large outdoor screen to many shops and displays and it is a very short walk from Swanston Street and Flinders Station

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Whilst initially disliking the architecture of the space, the whole area is always full of people and many activities take place here. It is a good meeting spot. Lots of restaurants and cafes, the Ian Potter Gallery, a few shops, a large screen which relays concerts and sports. There are often live concerts and special activities, with food festivals and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

In Melb CBD, it is a good place to relax, eat and watch. It is a busy place but interesting. There are many hidden gems like ACMI esp in the basement for all ages

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

If you are done roaming around you can sit down and relax here and enjoy unlimited wifi. This is just in front of the Flinders station and 3 minutes walk from the catedral and the bus stop for the free shuttle.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This place is so alive, with street performances and many people hanging out just having fun. Come and feel the lively atmosphere.

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