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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 #39 of 190 attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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45 reviews 45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you're coming to Melbourne I thoroughly suggest Federation Square as your point of orientation. Right next to the Yarra River, it has lots of great restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. There is a large screen showing all types of different things depending on what is happening at the time. If you just want to relax and take... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Fed Square itself may not appeal to everyone visually but from here you can go to so many places. The red visitors' shuttle/bus ($5 per adult per day) goes by here, the Visitors' information centre is here, and Flinders St railway station and trams are "across the road". Many locals still don't appreciate the free exhibitions available at ACMI (Australian... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Great urban plaza with events all year around I recently visited for Melbourne Now and White Night Some great events occurred around Fed Square during these two events Some great options for food and drink Easily accessible by train or tram

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Hyderabad, India
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Its a center of melbourne. All trains stop there and something or else keeps happenings there. Also you have a visitor information building where you can get info about different attractions to check out. Best place to get started from there.

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Cork, Ireland
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I loved chilling out in this square....Lovely to sit on the steps..We were lucky cause we could watch Oscars on big screen and also tweet with free WIFI...it is a nice place to stop if you are exploring Melbourne. Also if you love fruit you can pick up a box of nice strawberries from the street stole nearby.

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Masaya, Nicaragua
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Federation square is a nice central location. Only a short walk from many sites of interest and across from a major transportation hub it is a good meeting place for groups. Also has free wifi and a few good free exhibits such as ACMI.

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Sydney, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This square just had a great atmosphere and has many cafes and restaurants, its right across Flinders Street Station and we watched tennis on the large screen.

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Staffordshire
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

nice place to meet with Friends and Family sit on the Deck chairs in the Sun listen to the Live music every thursday 5.30-7.30 until the end of march. Sit on the Deck chairs and listen to the Music. lots of bars around if you want to eat! drink! and be Merry. Nice pleace to give you a Feel good... More

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London England
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

Ended our day tour of Melbourne the place brings the whole tour together. This multi layered place is a good meeting point which Melbourne users to promote news and events. There are also hip statues and performance stages. Many people just sit look at the sights eat drink and generally relax.

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Vegas
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is the central area of Melbourne. There is an outdoor area with a large screen for viewing major sporting events, A stage for live music, an art center, and lots of bars and restaurants. I just don't really like the set up of it. There are much better areas of town to go to than this but its a... More

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