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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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+61 3 9655 1900
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Melbourne has amazing architecture and this plaza is an example. Also houses shops, a museum and food court. There is an inner and an outer side to it. Don't miss the large outdoor screen.

Thank Anise2014
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a cool area and well designed but not really worth going to see. A lot more cool stuff but can see how it would be great for events.

Thank BenSmith21
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great in school holidays (if I had children), there were movies and an ice skating rink set up (could be used by adults and children). When I was there the trees were covered in like a crocheted cover around the trunks it was called Yarn...More

Thank Wendy T
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not world class. It's ok and I guess probably better for Melbourne that it exists. It's a bit weird and slopey. It doesn't really feel like a cultural mecca for the city though.

Thank MarkG78_12
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is located at the heart of Melbourne and very near to famous flinders street station and Saint Paul Cathedral it also a meeting point for all kind of city tour around the area there are lots of beautiful art,architecture structures and building.

Thank kokomitay
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently visited this place with friends.It is located at the heart of Melbourne and very near to famous flinders street station.Behind federation sqaure is beautiful yarra river and acmi which are must visit.At a walk able distance is federation bells which produce unique sounds...More

Thank rea2der
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are so many Arts exhibitions and things to see. It's an architecturally beautiful around this area with so much to see. It's definitely designed to attract tourists which it seems to do a good job of. Plenty of places to eat and drink around...More

Thank AmyJessicaWalker
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I an truly mesmerized with the beautiful architectural structures in Federation Square. The arts & designs are a haven for art & architectural lovers like me. They have intricate designs which are truly amazing. The buildings are designed to attract tourists and locals alike. This...More

Thank jeckli
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great spot when events are on such as New Years. But really bland and grey during all the other times.

Thank Platyp0s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots to see here, activities and performances are changing all the time, always roving acts as well, lots of places to eat or just sit and watch whatever is going on.

Thank Lisa G
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