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Federation Square

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Address: Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 3 9655 1900

Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences...

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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Always something happening!

Great place to visit, lots happening & generally a goid vibe. The only down side is that people can smoke so its not great to eat or drink outside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to visit, lots happening & generally a goid vibe. The only down side is that people can smoke so its not great to eat or drink outside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I like Fed square as there is always something happening, entertainers, people watching, music etc. you can sit there for free or can go to one of the many pubs, cafes, coffee shops and have a drink or some food. THSI palce is always busy and that adds to the excitement. I think a must do if you travel to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is always something happening here , from culturally to simple you will always have something to see or do, you can also just walk or chill there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a good place to stroll around in good weather day, place ot go for pokemon players. close to alexandra garden and flinders st station. nice place for photoshoot

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's simply a place you will see as soon as you get to CBD, the main district in Melbourne. You won't miss it for it's huge and has the ACMi, the visitor's center, multiple good restaurants (like the whole of Melbourne) and even a 7Eleven. It's a place to take pics, and perhaps spend and afternoon.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Friday morning around 10, and the place was dead, dead, dead. I've been before on weekends and it is hopping so I guess you need to pick your time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Enjoy a stroll through the Sunday mini markets. Always something happening in this area and behind you have the cafes that line the Yarra. A nice place to watch the world go by, soak up the sun and enjoy Melbourne's hospitality.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Affectionately labelled Fed Square by locals, this is a stunning architectural venue to meet up with friends. Directly opposite Flinders Street Station, within walking distance from the sporting precinct including the MCG, and alongside the Yarra River, it offers a Visitors Centre, Art Gallery, inside and outside eateries, bars and gift shops. Frequently hosts specials exhibitions or events. Having a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great central spot for people to meet or tourist starting point to the river or city. Free wifi is a bonus and some interesting programming in the Square, at ICMI or Ian Potter Gallery. A lively part of Melbourne

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most popular places in Mel... with a lot of galleries, cafes, restaurants nearby and the perfect place to look for some touristic information, with the most nice people in the world!!!. We went there for Australia Open and there was a big screen with a lot of deck chairs to enjoy!

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Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.