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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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England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited the place in December and this is the city's meeting place, been home to major cultural events, world events, tourism, restaurants, bars and speciality stores. Most attractions are in walking distance Located right in the middle of the city centre on the corner of Flinders Street and Swinston street and right across Flinders Street station,... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

You must visit this if you're in Melbourne. After the frenzy of CBD and train stations, especially during rush hour - you get to the square and people are just calmly sitting on the many steps enjoying their lunch etc. There's a lot to do in/near the square but it's one of those great public spaces every city must have.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

At the square there were so many people there I really did not expect that. Everyone is walking fast like they really have to quickly get to there destination. Then at the square there is a lot of steps where so many people are sitting and relaxing. Make sure you visit this square. This is the hub for downtown. We... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I and my wife was there in April this year and we loved this place for its vibe and the tourist centre is there too. Whatever a tourist needs can be found here. Nice eating places by the river and a good place to have a stroll. We were there when there is a comedy festival going on. It is... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Had a great day out in Fed square ...Daughter loved the Animation display . Lots to see and do and close to food and shops

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Where now there's a busy square ringed by buildings containing interesting attractions, useful venues and a variety of eating and drinking places, there used to be dirty air floating above railway lines. Thanks to imaginative architects and a progressive city administration, Melbourne gained a facility that has proved itself extremely popular as an open-air gathering and meeting place and as... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

If you are already tired walking around the city sit down here and watch people pass by, or get ir phone and start updating your social networking accounts because this spot offers unlimited wifo connection:)

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

Visited federation square while i was in Melbourne and i liked the vibe that place has, its always colorful and something is happening all the time. Its a nice place to rest when you are travelling though the city.There is some small cafes as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We went into Fed square for some National Gallery exhibitions and found shops and some great little coffee shops. Even some lunch time free activities.

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The paving trips you up, the buildings are ugly. Its cold and unwelcoming. There are some okay cafes and restaurants, but there are better ones elsewhere in Melbourne. I don't understand what people see in the place. Perhaps if there had been a reason to go there - like a festival or something it would be different. I've been there... More

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