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Federation Square

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Address: Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 3 9655 1900
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Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences...

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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We had been there during the Christmas month..n it was d place to be..small events, loud music..too many places to chill..there was a Lego Christmas tree which was amazing..and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

EVERY city should have a "federation Square" -- this hub of 20th and 21st Century cultural activity is the "heart" of Melbourne's CBD activities. Anchored by the Victoria National Gallery and the Australian Center for the Moving Image (ACMI), this smart development is truly a highly visible and fascinating visitor attraction. Also, great shops and restaurants, inviting outside seating areas... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had been there during the Christmas month..n it was d place to be..small events, loud music..too many places to chill..there was a Lego Christmas tree which was amazing..and the Christmas decorations were nice..!!

Thank suneha g
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First off the tourist info centre is a must visit for first time tourists, they are very helpful with advices and are willing to help. We booked a Yarra Valley wine tour thru the booking office which turned out to be excellent. Lots of activities and events in January and February. There is a giant screen in the square for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

People s Square with good views to take pictures of Flinders station. nothing else in the square but beyond you ll find the Yarra River , Art Center and Museum and street art. If there is a major sporting event and it gets telecast, be quick to grab a deck chair to watch. On Chinese New Year s day you... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Federation Square is teeming with people and certainly is the place to start in Melbourne, The visitors centre is well positioned and the staff were very helpful

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I always love to relax here and have a drink or a meal and take in the hustle and bustle of people to and fro. You also get to watch important events on the hugh tv screens

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were there for the beginning of Chinese New Year. Great rae to just wander around look at the scenery and views down the river and also into the city.Across the road from Flinders Street Station so always plenty of people around

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Meant to celebrate Australia's Federation, it has grown into a great gathering spot in the middle of the city...with plenty of seating, outdoor videos with lawn chairs, nearby museums and eating places!! And great architecture...both old and new!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit by travellers and local who enjoy art in general especially Australian art. A wide range for food is available in the complex as well as the galleries and riverside location venue which adds to its attraction.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Located next to yarra river, in front of Flinders station is a meeting point in Melbourne, where all the events like Tennis, Formula1, new year, and others are shared there and is also useful as an information center for visitors and locals about what's on in Melbourne.

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Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.