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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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Beautifully represents the vibrant life of the city Melbourne

The place is both physically and spiritually fascinating. The design of the buildings and the atmosphere in the surrounding, in my opinion, beautifully represents the vibrant life... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent public space, super modern design - Melbourne has some of the best looking modern architecture in Australia. There always seems to be something arty or musical on and great spot to meet up with friends.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The place is both physically and spiritually fascinating. The design of the buildings and the atmosphere in the surrounding, in my opinion, beautifully represents the vibrant life of the city of Melbourne. In addition, it also located very close to the iconic Flinders Street Station.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Buildings of all shapes colours sizes and markings all around, its hard to easily identify what they're all for and all have weird structural framework, window design or layouts. Its a popular spot with people just hanging out and looking at all the quirky buildings. Just across the road from Flinders Street station so its easy to get to and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is a winner for Melbourne and apart from the Ian Potter gallery (5 star) there are classy shops and many restaurants allowing al fresco or indoor dining.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Plenty to see and do in and around federation square. Very quirky building. Great meeting point. Centrally located

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really cool and interesting location that's central to everything Melbourne is famous for. There were markets in when we went there too, so that was convenient for lunch!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lots of cafes and things in the area. A nice place to visit as there's always something social going on. A Greek festival and food was there when we visited. A nice place to walk, especially towards the river or on the way to Rod Laver.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were surprised at the number of people milling about on a normal weekday: it was very busy. Pleasant open space and is the location of the tourist office and public, free toilets.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a big public place. People hang out. We went in at late morning and this place was filled with all ages people. There were many school boys and girls on trip. There is big TV screen continuously updating on News. There are couple of restaurants and stalls to sit or grab a bite. you could pass time by... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

During the day, with no celebrations, it's hard to see the splendor that this place has until you look up and into the skyline. You can feel as though you are at the nexus of something great. Melbourne is a beautifully well-designed city. Go there!

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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.
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