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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 #47 of 205 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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Melbourne, Australia
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142 reviews 142 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The federation square is a common area used in Melbourne for celebrations and activities such as sports, cultural performances, demonstrations, etc. Recently for The Age Marathon. The architecture of the buildings are alright from an art point of view. Made up of Glass, Steel and Bricks. Few bars and restaurants around the area for food. A visitors centre located in... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great place with good view. Has a big screen tv. Nice place to hang out with friends or even families. Nice view with great architectural buildings such as the cathedral and the flinders station.

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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

From Monday to Saturday at 11 am there is a free tour of 50 min, about the history of Federation Square. Very interesting ... if you have time, go for it ;)

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

At first we thought it was just a square with some restaurants and a place where you just hung out in the cafes. We were wrong. We went into ACMI and spent almost 2 hours at the exhibition there and then into the art gallery where we spent another hour. All of this was free, however there were areas that... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We came here and enjoy Fed Square during the World Cup and the place just has an awesome atmosphere when there are events on. It can be a great way for a family to enjoy a day or evening out

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

There seemed to be a lot of activity going on, book sales, singing/rapping performance and exhibitions etc. It is worth walking through just for a look or a drink/coffee. Just my opinion but not a very attractive site. Always something happening though.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Don't bother. Overpriced shops and the place looks like a joke. As a Victorian I'm ashamed of it. Lots of better places to see. Hopefully it gets pulled down soon

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Every time I've been to Federation Square I haven't been disappointed. It's a wonderful spot in Melbourne that always has something happening. Some great eateries as well as entertainment and it's central to so many other attractions!

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Federation Square is definitely one of the landmarks of Melbourne,situated beside Flinders Street Station,front of Yarra River/St Paul Cathedral and galleries. It's a place that is great for hangout with friends and family. Besides, there is a screen constantly airing shows and those kind of laid-back chairs are too provided. So come here if you want a chill,be it at... More

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Christchurch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The design is unique and takes a lot of getting used to. The Square is well worth a visit and you may be very glad you did. From a large outdoor screen to many shops and displays and it is a very short walk from Swanston Street and Flinders Station

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