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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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The main trasit hub of Malbourne, this place was alive with schoolkids on field trips. So much fun just to sit and people watch. Live video boards running PSA's and visitor... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A must visit for unique architecture and location. See the Yarra river, MCG and many other sporting and entertainment venues, while going around the square enjoying something always happening there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Federation square is the heart of Melbourne CBD, with it's arty farty architecture, which I really enjoy in my visits to Melbourne. It is surrounded by museums (great exhibitions on display) screen for sports events, cafes, bar, restaurants, and a comprehensive tourist information centre, all the information for tourism in victoria can be found there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed my visit to Federation Square. There were two absolutely stunning art exhibitions. The contemporary First people exhibition was stimulating and extremely professional, both its display and in the content.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

You can't miss Federation Square due to its unique architecture. Allow time to visit the museums here (all free). There is a lot to see and do here with many dining options. The free Wi-Fi is appreciated. The Ian Potter Centre and Australian Centre for the Moving Image are worth exploring. You will also find a visitor center here. It... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Federation Square is a great starting point for anyone visiting Melbourne. The visitor’s center there was really helpful. There are tons of free maps and brochures, people that will help you with general questions, and people to help you with bookings for trips, accommodation, etc. They also had a small gift shop which sells tickets for a tourist shuttle ($5... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Federation Square was a great place to hang out and watch the world go by. I was lucky enough to be there when there was free music on the stage, so it was really nice to pull up one of the deckchairs and chill out. Being on a backpacker budget it was great as there was free wifi and there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Fed Square is a savage little spot in the city center . Many a drunken night out had here , highly recommended for a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The main trasit hub of Malbourne, this place was alive with schoolkids on field trips. So much fun just to sit and people watch. Live video boards running PSA's and visitor information was cool

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Lots to see and be inspired by and eat at Federation Square! Great area to walk around and browse the fabulous galleries, museum shops, and people watch. Loved the Ian Potter exhibits. Plenty of good restaurants to choose from

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Federation Square is bang in the center of Melbourne's CBD - right by the Yarra and opposite Flinders Street Rail Station - and so its easy to get to. For visitors there is a tourist information centre that is helpful.Fed Square at first sights can look barren but with crowds of people it comes alive. And lots of people do... More 

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