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Address: Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 3 9655 1900
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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At the time we visited Melbourne, there was some sort of polish festival happening, so there were lots of people. But I think that there always so much people. We also enjoyed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

At the time we visited Melbourne, there was some sort of polish festival happening, so there were lots of people. But I think that there always so much people. We also enjoyed free wi-fi here - not that we can't live without our phones, but still is good to update our navigation in smartphones. Interesting buildings around too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

What makes a city great is it's people, energy and architecture. Melbourne should be proud of all three. Federation Square seems to bring out the best in its people and showcase the city's many virtues, I saw a young man chase down a pedestrian who had dropped $25 in the square during a free street performance. The youth of Melbourne... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Yes! Melbourne finally has a decent people meeting place! So brightly and centrally located at the Yarra River and the iconic Flinders St Railway Station, I cannot praise the architect and the then Government who had the foresight to have this most loved place and people square in Melbourne!! I was totally shocked by comment made by a politician expressing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We were in Melbourne for a week and whenever we were in he city centre we always ended up spending time in Federation Square. Huge screen up showing movies, free deck chairs to sit on, lots of street entertainers, crowds constant. It's got places to eat and the information centre is really helpful. Always something happening. The trams are free... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We visited Federation square as a place to eat and a place to pass through. The square is obviously a great meeting place for people. There are many places to eat around and we stopped and ate and drank at one of the cafe/restaurants in the square which was nice. It's very near the central point for all trams and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This attraction is where things happen! During my visit on March 15, 2015, there was a Thai Festival going on. They had a Beauty Contest at the Stage, fruit carvings, picture-taking with animals, Thai foods and goods on sale, etc. Other attractions near Federation Square: St. Paul's Cathedral, Tourist Information Office, Flinders Train Station, Bus Stops for Excursions, etc. restaurants... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Arrived at Federation Square today with a mix of things happening. Where else other than Melbourne can you have an Aboriginal protest outside Flinders Street Station /Federation Square and a 100 meters away sit on the floor and watch international comedy acts, being Melbourne Comedy month? Gotta love Melbourne. 😊 Even though it was Friday night plenty of places for... More 

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Wiehl, Deutschland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

I loved this place. Just take a chair, take a seat and watch people passing by. Relax in the sun and enjoy the atmosphere at this beautiful place with its special buildings.

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Abersoch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Start your tour of Melbourne here by getting your bearings in Federation Square. Most trams stop here and it's the start of the free tram zone- makevit work for you. Dominated by Flinders Street station and the Cathedral the Square is full of good restaurants and space to eat and relax. Union demonstrations were a feature during our visit and... More 

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Bateau Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Here there is an excellent information centre, good, welcoming atmosphere and an entertaining giant screen. We recommend the 7 self guided walks from the Information. It is the best way to see central Sydney

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