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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 #48 of 212 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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

No matter how many times I see it, am still not sure how to react. Certainly it is different to the historical buildings nearby like St. Pauls Cathedral and Flinders Street Railway station - - it is not only modern, but it dares to be different. a good place to meet people - very central.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Federation Square has become our go-to destination when we are meeting friends and family from interstate. It is perfectly located in the middle of Melbourne City so it is easy to find, it has a number of decent bars to grab a drink and a bite to eat and if you are lucky and catch it on a week when... More

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Visited Federation square on several occasions but enjoyed myself most during Christmas eve. Had dinner with the family in one of the restaurants and just chilled there. The people at the square were really nice and we got positive vibes from everyone.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Federation Square is a nice central part of Melbourne perfect for meeting up or taking a break from sightseeing. There are food and drink options as well as entertainment options.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Federation Square is mainly used for certain events, festivals, and is a good meeting point before heading off either to a event in Melbourne City or heading out of Melbourne on a day trip which is what I mainly used it for while in Melbourne because the Tour Buses depart from the East side of Federation Square. But it is... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

To be honest when "Fed Square" first opened and for many years after i could not stand the sight of the place but over time the "Outhere Architecture" i have begun to admire it ... especially when you walk through the building and appreciate its structure. Fed Square surely has made plenty of its own controversy. Now i have clearly... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Fed Square is a great place to meet up in Melbourne as it is central to everything. Before footy games, the Transport Bar is bustling and has a great atmosphere. There is always plenty happening, so definitely check it out!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

this place got really nothing to offer. however, if you want to hangout after a days walk at melboure cbd, stay here and watch around and abuse the free wifi!

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Eurobodalla, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We went on the Friday prior to grand final day as Sunrise was filming in the square, it was fun we joined in the crowd as the team from Sunrise walked through the square to film the show.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We were here at the ACMI to attend the Dreamworks Exhibition. I was impressed with the close proximity of a number of places to visit. There was also open air movies on as part of the school holidays I assume that also was giving out sunscreen - nice work team! The exhibition was brilliant, with a nice balance of exhibits... More

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