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Federation Square

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an array of restaurants, bars and speciality stores, Federation Square is Melbourne's meeting place - a local hang-out and one of Victoria's most popular tourist...more
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Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 9655 1900
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Reviewed yesterday

Federation square appears totally disjointed and totally unconventional but spend a few minutes there and the true feeling of Melbourne will be felt. It seems a mishmash of bars, seating, screens and exhibitions but like Melbourne there is order in the confusion. It is a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JamesBischoff
Federation_Square, Owner at Federation Square, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your kind review! We agree - there's a lot more to Fed Square than is immediately obvious, especially when it comes to the annual cultural festivals, televised sports and movies, and all the good stuff. We hope you'll come back soon!

Reviewed 5 days ago

Didn't mange to snare a deckchair or beanbag under an umbrella, but enjoyed watching some of the Open on the big screen. What a great idea!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank emmacowdrill
Federation_Square, Owner at Federation Square, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Emma - Glad you had a great time!

Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a 'must see' place, especially for the first time visitors of Melbourne. An ideal spot to meet friends and also to dine, relax and spend quality time roaming around. There is a good scope to shop for souvenirs, eat a wide variety of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SunandSand678
Federation_Square, Owner at Federation Square, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you! We agree :) If you're a tourist looking to see the best of Melbourne or a local looking for something fun and out of the ordinary to do, we recommend checking out fedsquare.com/events for the latest run-down on what's on at Fed Square!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Melbourne has struggled for a central meeting point - this is not it. Grey, cold in winter hot in summer - no shelter or shade, and near the sleazy part of Melbourne near the station.More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank zoec843
Federation_Square, Owner at Federation Square, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Sorry to hear you didn't have a great time! Have you considered trying out some of the lovely bars, restaurants and art exhibits we have to offer? Plenty of shade under the umbrellas, and nice and cosy in the winter. In any case thank you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

It's so convenient and opposite to an old icon, Flinders Street Station. You can't help to miss it. It's festive at all time for all ages. You may be overwhelmed by people if you are travelling solo. However, this is one of the best place...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank intjpk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Federation Square is a great destination for the tourist and local alike. There is always something new and fresh to see. Today I went to ACMI and checked out the Screen Worlds display, which was very extensive. Also just lie looking at the strong architectural...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Odyssey811876
Federation_Square, Owner at Federation Square, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your kind review - if anyone's interested in the ACMI exhibitions, the NGV Ian Potter Centre, the Koorie Heritage Trust and a whole lot more fascinating and relevant art, we'd love to have you! Swing on by any time!

Reviewed 1 week ago

There is always something happening in Federation Square. It’s a great place to meet, rest and relax, spend time people watching, anything that takes your fancy. Just across from Flinders Street Station it’s easy to get to.More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tony W
Federation_Square, Owner at Federation Square, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your review! One of our favourite things to do is to swing by after work, since there's nearly always something interesting being broadcast on the digital facade. It's a lovely place to wind down, see the sunset reflect off the Eureka Tower and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Truly remarkable architecture ... coloured stone pavers give you an impression of being in the outback. The colours invite you into the area to get involved in the many activities that take place there. There are huge screens that have current events featured on them....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Federation_Square, Manager at Federation Square, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your kind words. Please come by again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Federation Square is a great place to sit back in one of the deckchairs, relax and watch the world pass by. There is lots of food and drink nearby and sometimes free entertainment so no need to wander far if you don't feel like it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AuldJimmy
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you ever visit Melbourne, it's definitely worth a visit to Federation Square. Unless you aren't a fan of large crowds and busy traffic (especially at rush hour). But if you like that sort of thing its brilliant. As this truly feels like the heart...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
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corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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Hobart, Australia
Best laid plans... (3 Replies)
I recently flew to Melbourne for the day to hook up with some friends. I arrived at 9am with some great ideas for the day from this forum but it was 37 degrees and we didn't end up doing any of the things I had planned. IT also takes longer than you may think to get to the city. I bought tickets for the Skybus online but there was a huge crowd at the airport and four buses went by before I got on one and then it took half an hour to get to the city because of traffic. It is still a great...More
March 12, 2013|
Response fromemel49|
You had a good catch up with your friends and that was what it was all about really!
Singapore, Singapore
Market on a Sunday (7 Replies)
Hi, Below is my itinerary for my Sat and Sun in MEL. Saturday Victoria Market Federation Square Yarra River Crown Entertainment Sunday Camberwell Market Canterbury South Melbourne Market St Kilda Acland Street My question is I understand some of the markets is more interesting in a Sunday. Camberwell Market only open on Sunday. So may I know from your advice, between Victoria Market and South Melbourne Market, which one should I go and on which day. I will be...More
April 28, 2009|
Response fromaussiebill54|
The Esplanade Market in ST Kilda on Sunday would be good option. Vic Market on Saturday cant comment on Camberwell and STH Melbourne.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Melbourne itinerary help (6 Replies)
Hello I need help with my itinerary for Melbourne . I will be arriving in Melbourne in late afternoon round 4 and leave the next day at 5.30 to get to airport For first afternoon-night I am looking at going to Federation Square and checking out lane ways and flinders station using free city tram -if i have time I might slot in the seeing and walking around the docklands area For next day will probably want to use city tourist shuttle and see collins street,lygon street (Greek and...More
June 03, 2015|
Response fromNavy35|
A few points........Flinders St station is a train station, NOT a tram station. ALL trams within the city center are free, not just the city circle tram. Lygon St is in Carlton and you can catch any tram along Swanston St to get there. BUT, I would recommend you get off the tram on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Sts and walk the rest of the way (about 15 minutes). This stop is the end of the free zone. Or alternatively, and better still, catch the free city circle tram and get off on...More