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Federation Square

Address: Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
Phone Number: 61 3 9655 1900
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Ranked #29 of 174 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I honestly don't know what the fuss is about with this place. There's virtually nothing there and I can't believe it's even classed as an 'attraction'.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Federation Square was the busiest place we visited in Melbourne. We caught most of our tour buses from federation square and flinders St station, hosier lane and a couple museums were conveniently located here too.

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Nowra, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

all this area is just some ugly looking buildings and alot of people and an tourist information centre

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Federation square is conveniently located next to Flinders Street Station. It is a nice area to sit and take in the sights. You can either look at the station, at the old buildings or look over the Yarra River and onto the Botanical Gardens.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

You end up walking through here near enough every day if your in Melbourne on holiday/sight seeing , it's the centre of everything . Surrounding by everything , bars, restaurants,museums, pretty architecture and all the rest. As many other reviews state it's a brilliant location for people watching , literally - as they have street performers on , one after... More 

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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Central location for a drink, meal, listen to music or to sit and take in the atmosphere. The visitors centre is also located here.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

This is probably the townsquare of melbourne. There are museums, restaurants and cafés at the side, but the town square is the focus. There's always a giant screen that plays mainly the sports event of the day - Asian soccer cup, cricket with India, Australian open tennis etc. The Taxi restaurant is also there

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Katihar,Bihar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We were here on Christmas Eve so it was an extra special time to visit with loads of people around enjoying themselves and live shows being broadcast on the big screen.We had a nice time relaxing here and taking in the Christmas atmosphere.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We love visiting Melbourne, and Federation Square is a MUST every time we are here! There's so much around this area, and there always seems to be something fun going on here. It's a great central point to meet up and the big screen keeps you from getting bored. And put Fed Square on your calendar for holidays because there's... More 

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Yarraville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is as good as any other square in the world, and I could easily compare it to somewhere to like trafalgar square and I could get away with it. This is the cultural hub of melbourne and it should stay that way!

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