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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 207 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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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We have been to Federation Square for New Years, sporting events, theater and just to hang out and it is a lot of fun. People watching, street acts, and quick and easy cafes are near by. A must place to wander through if you are in Melbourne.

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Ipoh, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

You can get to see the typical city live with hustling and bustling traffics and people walking back and forth. It's big and also can be a calm place for relaxation with friends and family.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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156 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Nice place to meet up with people easy to get to nice bars and cafés around nearby shops can walk to MCG from here and rod laver arena though the gardens often street acts and performances going on!!

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Singapore, Singapore
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69 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The Federation Square is an iconic landmark in Melbourne where it will stage various festive celebrations and sporting events besides artistic and cultural performances. Located near the Flinders Train Station (also accessible by the Free Circle-Line Tram), its design is modern and trendy. There are a number of cafes and restaurants located here. The view here is nice too where... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Had a nice breakfast on a Saturday morning before heading to the book fair in the Atrium, some great Russian history books if you are into that, as well as children's books, self help etc, too much to see in one quick trip

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Melbourne, Australia
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The federation square is a common area used in Melbourne for celebrations and activities such as sports, cultural performances, demonstrations, etc. Recently for The Age Marathon. The architecture of the buildings are alright from an art point of view. Made up of Glass, Steel and Bricks. Few bars and restaurants around the area for food. A visitors centre located in... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Great place with good view. Has a big screen tv. Nice place to hang out with friends or even families. Nice view with great architectural buildings such as the cathedral and the flinders station.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

From Monday to Saturday at 11 am there is a free tour of 50 min, about the history of Federation Square. Very interesting ... if you have time, go for it ;)

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

At first we thought it was just a square with some restaurants and a place where you just hung out in the cafes. We were wrong. We went into ACMI and spent almost 2 hours at the exhibition there and then into the art gallery where we spent another hour. All of this was free, however there were areas that... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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