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Federation Square

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Central Business District
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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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A Great Meeting Place

It has a different vibe to it and is a great meeting place in the centre of Melbourne.The architecture is definitely not boring and there are some good museums and art exhibitions... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Anytime you visit fed square, its always a fun experience! Holds main functions and activities. Has massive screen, lots of places to seat and has a bar too! One of Melbournes tourist attractions!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It has a different vibe to it and is a great meeting place in the centre of Melbourne.The architecture is definitely not boring and there are some good museums and art exhibitions in the square as well some restaurants of note as well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We came through here on many occasions during our holiday and it was always busy. There is a wealth of stunning modern architecture in the area. Some stunning buildings to look at. We were here through Xmas so got to enjoy the decorations and the big white bauble, although I'm surprised there wasn't more decs throughout the city. Seems it's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I lived in Melbourne long before Fed Sq was built so was intended to see it on my weekend getaway. At first I wasn't convinced but as the time went on I thought it was a fabulous space. Definitely a place to go to

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you come by at the right time there can be entertainment on the stage , or inside visit art galleries , sit and have a coffee and bite to eat , or at the bars and just watch the world go by.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we were looking for Hosier street (where the buildings are covered in graffiti) We rounded the corner and discovered Federation Square. This is such a structurally and artistically interesting space. We understand we just missed fabulous holiday decorations but we still thought it was beautiful. What a terrific surprise.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great to see the activities in Federation Square yesterday with the giant waterslide as a major attraction, loved the free coke and free sunscreen tents, a fantastic idea on a warm day. Plenty of atmosphere.

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took my daughter and her friend to Slide The Square at Federation square .It cost $20 for a 50 minute session each which was well worth it as they had over 20 turns each , It was run well with the friendly staff who made sure they were all having fun , I would highly recommend to families .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Something on here everyday, we were here for New Year's Eve, was really impressed with the organisation, catering for young families to the party goers to the elderly, felt very safe and relaxed a great atmosphere a great way to start 2017

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lots happening here. The tram stop is an intersection so it is busy. Good information centre with very friendly people to help with finding your way, maps etc. Nice loos too!

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