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Federation Square

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Address: Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+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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The bustling square

Be it cultural programs, live stage performances or watching the latest matches on the big screen, Fed square hosts it all and that too at no cost! What better could one ask for... read more

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Easy to reach with the tourist tram. The architectural highlight is the geometrical Atrium building. The Melbourne Visitor Centre is also located on this square.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is where the Visitor Centre is located and it is across the street from the Cathedral and iconic Flinder's Street Station - no doubt many tourists here. Awkward shape building - not an architectural must-see.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fed square has everything, there's always something going on there - somewhere to sit and relax, meet others for a meal, watch the big screen, enjoy stage performers, etc. Its position invites further exploration of Melbourne along the river bank. An information centre gives newcommers immediate attention - whats on in the town and how to get around. Its great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Be it cultural programs, live stage performances or watching the latest matches on the big screen, Fed square hosts it all and that too at no cost! What better could one ask for. The square is adjacent to St. Paul's Court and The Atrium, all of which are predominant public spaces always bustling with activity. This unique space has an... More 

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The square is right at the heart of the city next to the river and across the road from the main railway station,the main tourist information office is right next to the square.The square its self is quite unusual as the floor slopes towards the stage end where quite often live music is put on for free,all the buildings round... More 

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Swan Hill, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Check out the area while in Melbourne. Always something happening here and sometimes too many people for my liking. Nice walk down along the river.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there during the Chinese New Year period and there were quite a bit of cultural shows and entertainment on stage. The area is normally full of people for some reasons, may be partly because of the rail station near by, horse-cart operators, tourists information centre and the river side activities. Definitely one place to visit while in Melbourne...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very busy place. great place to meet up with people, easy to get to on trams or walk. Amazing buskers

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best on a sunny day of course. There is a huge plaza. Snacks and coffee carts. Free good Wi Fi. Museums. Next to river. People watching. Tourist info. Trams.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm drawn to Federation Square like a bee to flowers every time I'm in Melbourne. The reasons are plenty but here are my top 3: Firstly, it is the hub for events, tourism, food and wine, and home to two major attractions - the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and NGV Australia: Ian Potter Centre. Its like an attraction... More 

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