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Federation Square

Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9655 1900
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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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Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
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Very central to pretty much everything in the centre of the city, whether culture, sports. Cafes, shopping, the arts etc.. good meeting place as just opposite Flinders Street Station. There are also many tram routes that stop in front of the square. If all the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went to see Alice in wonderland amazing. Great for families and grandparents to take grandchildren to. Well priced lots of eateries just opposite the flinders streets clocks.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Federation square has some of the ugliest buildings in Melbourne but it is the place to find ACMI and some other museums. The visitors center can help you book a tour or give directions and there are bars and restaurants there as well.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

as per the title of this review depends whats on. the majority of times i have ventured across the road to Federation Square I regret it. From a distance it looks interesting but once get you up close you kinda wish you hadnt bothered, yet...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Federation square is amazing, they have constantly changing attractions and exhibitions, for instance last time we were in Melbourne they had food trucks and ice skating and this time they had a vintage market that sold beautifully handmade and vintage wares. The cafes/bars are great...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located across from Flinders Station. To access trams Lots ppl always about in large open area. Has a visitor info centre. Lots of pubs restaurants , galleries nearby. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unique shards make the tapestry of contemporary and inspirational architecture in a hue of sandstone and metal. A new space where there is always something on. With Free Wifi and a very helpful Visitor Center. Explore the story of Federation story inside the Atrium enroute...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great meeting point to meet with friends and then head out and see the rest of the city/ Loads of different restaurants available with different cuisines to suit everyones tastes. Central stage available and used during events.. Oprah was here.... lol if your hungry grab...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Federation Square is a great meeting place central to all things Melbourne. Directly opposite Flinders Street Station, you can access trams, trains and Yarra river cruises all within a stone's throw. It's a cultural hub, right on Swanston Street making it close to Degraves boutique...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Federation Square is a very nice open public space free for all and it includes FREE WI-FI! What is not to like? Get there for free internet and info at the visit centre also.

Thank James A
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