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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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A must for newbies to Melbourne!

Has bars, restranuts - i would suggest overpriced & okay quality. Large meeting area. Melbourne info centre! Large screen with free events sometimes. The architecture amazes some... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Federation square was easy to find and well looked after. It was the meeting point for the bus to Chadstone Shopping Centre.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Has bars, restranuts - i would suggest overpriced & okay quality. Large meeting area. Melbourne info centre! Large screen with free events sometimes. The architecture amazes some people - each to their own. ACMI, art centre, flinder st station - so close! Sometime I'm here as a meeting poing & to sunbake - being a Melbournian.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have an affinity with Fed Square as was involved from its initial development & subsequent construction.- just love the avant-garde architecture & geometrical feel. It's become a Melbourne focal point where people meet, socialize & watch the world go by. Great ambiance supported by restaurants, bars, access to public transport & other world class facilities.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Does a good job of connecting lots of different buildings and places together. There always seems to be something going on. When we were there recently they had a firepit that burnt for our entire stay of seven odd days with different groups gathering around at various times of the day. Even though we ahd a fair bit of rain... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is always something happening here. It is truly a hub and gives the traveller a start point for a day in Melbourne.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is a lot at Federation Square. The buildings are so interesting. The Ian Potter Centre is there - great art. Several restaurants as well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed in Melbourne for a whole week and during our visit there were two different festivals at this location. The first was an October fest (where almost everyone was dressed up) and the second was an Indian Denali festival with music and dancing. This seems to be a wonderful place to celebrate and just have fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Another great Public space in Melbourne just across from Flinders St Station and along the Yarra river; filled with community events, restaurants, bars, cafe, definitely one place to meet people. Check out the variety of stones that are laid all over There's a Visitor Information centre too, staff by lots of helpful staff. Although it was over-budget, surely a great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place for whenever there is a festive happening. There was a lot of good decorations, activities and food trucks for Christmas.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice and cool spot, good place to eat lunch and to start a tour at the city. Recomended for all ages,

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