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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
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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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Terrific meeting point

Fed Square is a great place to meet or simply just jump off at Flinders Street station and cross the road to Transit for a beer or more and watch the many screens and the world go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There's always activity at federation square. Conveniently located next to flinders station its central to planning your Melbourne adventure or meeting friends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed the art, the culture, the variety, the architecture. It really is a wonderful experience - lovely Cafes too! Ice-cream shop is delish.

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited federation square a few years ago and loved it - there was lots going on and it felt very arty and cultural. This time it was bare and quiet and nothing seemed to be happening to entice tourists - the architecture is interesting but I was hoping for a little more.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fed Square is a great place to meet or simply just jump off at Flinders Street station and cross the road to Transit for a beer or more and watch the many screens and the world go by. Being close to the MCG, it is also great to meet there for a beer and then walk to the "G" to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Federation square has to be explored. It's a fantastic area, which is always humming with activity. Whether you go to check out the architecture or the diversity of Melbourne, I'd strongly suggest a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really nothing special. Not sure as a visitor if its even worthwhile when so many other choices. Just a square really

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

it's the centre of the city , you can walk around and see people that comes and go It's nothing special

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great landmark for visitors to check out. Central location by the river and next to Flinders Street Train and Tram stops. Great Australian art museum located off the square which is free (apart from the special exhibits). Good place to stop to have a sandwich and people-watch. Would definitely recommend the art museum!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The square has a modern design and is nice to be there. There was a big screen showing the olympic games with beach chairs lying around for ppl to enjoy on a sunny day. Just next to the Fliner street train station and very close to Hosier lane.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You haven't been in Melbourne if you haven't been on Federation Square. It's the heart of the city, and a nice place to start your visit to the most important parts of the city, e.g. the CBD, a walk along the Yarra river, and it's many bars and restaurants.

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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.