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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 #45 of 481 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Architectural buildings, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism...
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Architectural buildings, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is the most common place in Melbourne to meet & start your trip. It is right in the middle of the city with nearby attractions like MCG, Yarra River, Arts Museum etc. It has amazing and unique architecture with live performances.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent get together place at the heart of CBD. You have large options for food, excellent street entertainers performing really cool acts. Very near to yaara river as well

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Manila
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great spot with interesting and varied art and architecture--really, a showcase for a dynamic and modern city. It's clean and safe. Lots of attractions and great food.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

There are some bars and cafes Open paved space, a stage, gallery. But you can see it all fairly quickly More a functional space than tourist destination

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Here you can see the city skyline and relax in the park next door and see the river it's really beautiful and clean . You can see the famous flinders street station .

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is a very unusual open space! It is at the entrance to the City, but divorced. It has a commanding presence, but remote. However, it is a wonderful space from which to watch sports or news on the "big screen" - and it has some great bars nearby

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There are a few bars, restaurants and usually promotional things happening on the weekend. Isn't much else aside from that best actually going out to see touristy things

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Like the Sydney Opera House when I first visited Federation Square I didn't like it at all, but now the cosmopolitan feel about the place has really grown on me and it really is the hub of Melbourne it has replaced "under the clocks" at Flinders street station as the place to meet, and I now find myself defending Fed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great location by the Yarra River with restaurants, shops, the FREE ACMI interactive display of Australian Film and Television, the large screen TV, an entertainment stage, Visitors Centre, outdoor play area by the river for the kids, parking out the back, access to the Double Decker Tour buses...and more, Fed Square provides a little something for everyone.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Fed square is becoming the Center of Melbourne, if you want a place to start touring, with Flinders station just across the road, being too busy to meet at. try Fed Square, The info centre will have all you need to start the tour. With Southbank, Parks and Shrine to the south, the CBD just to the north, Trains and... More 

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