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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 #37 of 158 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

They have a gorgeous book market at Fed Square - fantastic books on history. One seller has vintage children's books that are gorgeous. Huge range of biographies. If you are looking for a book with a difference try here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Really nice area to walk around stop for coffee etc, has a great information centre that has every map you need and really helpful staff to answer all your questions, a good souvenir shop as well.

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Ringwood, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

As Federation Square is affectionately known by the locals. Great place for all ages. I volunteer with a group that meet there each week but am excited by the number of visitors to one of Melbourne's Icons. From art to music to TV to some of the best Coffee in the city. This place has it all. A great place... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The Federation Square is a happening place that buzzes with lights, colors, flavors and with much energy. It is a place that offers not only entertainment through films, but also on the streets. You could also enjoy food and drinks in the vicinity of the square and immerse yourself in the happenings and the cultural display around you.

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Melbourne, Australia
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Fed Square is just buzzing with energy and verve and flavours. You can sit and people watch for hours. You can catch a trendy or classic movie. You can enjoy street entertainment. There are great places to eat and drink and just chill out. Then there is the stage and big screen with always something different and enjoyable to watch.... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Don't get me wrong, I liked the place but expected it to have more things going on. Its nicely designed with a few good restaurants here and there. A big screen in the middle and a few beach chairs scattered around. Nice to relax on a good weathered day.

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Caloundra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

What a great atmosphere, lovely eateries surrounding the square and the benefit of live music entertainment on Thursday nights, it felt very European, people dancing, picnicking, lazing back in the comfy canvas deck chairs provided and soaking up the vibe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The heart of the square can hold 10,000 for events. There is always a buzz around this place. Great place to shop and relax with a drink people watching. It's a very arty place and full of funky cool people floating around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

Location ideally across from flinders street station and at the city edge. There is always stuff going on and an ideal place just to watch the antics of the locals and tourists

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The advertised all Australian art gallery of local artists who're either"mental health &/or brain injured"was amazing!It was probably better than the other art gallery in Melbourne.

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