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Federation Square

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

Popped into the CBD with sister and the kids and came over here before heading back via Flinders Station, and was amazed at the big screen showing themed pieces and a great spot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Popped into the CBD with sister and the kids and came over here before heading back via Flinders Station, and was amazed at the big screen showing themed pieces and a great spot to still and chill before heading home.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

nice place to chill out sit on the deck chair in the sun and listen to the music and the out door events. sat there listening to the great performances by people with learning disabilities and what great talent they have. well done to all

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Nothing was really going on in this square when we were there but often found ourselves there. We started everyday in the square either confirming our plans or visiting the visitor's center located in the square. The square has restaurants in and next to the square, has surrounding souvenir shops, public bathrooms, and best of all free wifi. For a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This is right in the heart of Melbourne and just a great place to hang out. It is a lovely, well-maintained square where so much that is important to Melbournians has occurred that no doubt it is iconic for them (kind of like Times Square for New Yorkers).

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

The architecture of the building was very modern .And if you are in the area I would suggest that you take a look but frankly speaking there wasn't much to do there except some exhibitions and shops.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We had to pass through Federation Square almost everyday during our stay in Melbourne. Most tour groups meet here to start out on tours. You can go inside to the Atrium and have a snack or go through the Arts center (ACMI). There places with names like Beer Deluxe, Deakin Edge, CrossBar, Fed Story, No Vacancy and Kirra & Fracture... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A decent pedestrian area with some cutting edge design. In the heart of Melbourne across the road from the famous Flinders Street station entrance. Plenty of food and drink options and art to see to.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Right opposite Flinders Street station is Fed Square with the information centre and exhibition galleries. The area has deck chairs to sit and enjoy the world going by and there are lovely little bars to refresh yourselves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Great location, stunning building, lots of food places around. Good transport links, a great buzzing atmosphere!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Buy a coffee or ice cream, find a free deck chair and just enjoy the free concerts provided during February. You can also watch the rowers just a few steps away. Then if you want to know what to do next, the Information Centre is right on the square.

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