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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 via mobile

Federation square used to be fabulous! Maybe it was Sunday but some of the cafes weren’t open and the massive tv screen has gone and it’s less of the heart of the city like it used to be !

Thank B3th14
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Square consists of different blocks of art and exhibitions. Not not really great and attractive. The 2 buildings we visited are free entry. 1. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) exhibit arts of different times from 60's to modern. Have some great art pieces....More

Thank openyoureyes369
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Reviewed 6 days ago

There are two floors of exhibitions. We preferred the first floor and especially enjoyed the history of art from the 1800s through to the 1960s.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is always something happening in the square. Lots of cafes and restaurants around to suit alll cuisines. There was a market when we went and also an art exhibition outside. Band was playing and a few people having a dance. If the weather is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fed square has always got some event - concerts, fireworks, cool installations - going on. Dottibg the fed square are an array of restaurants and bars. It's easily accessible as it's right across the Flinder Street station and is within the free tram zone.

Thank Shruja
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What is it a stand up jigsaw puzzle nothing draws me there its messy odd location busy had to get that off my chest me and my misses sit there in the car waiting at lights saying wat is its crap dont care if it...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just a building, where everyone hangs out. Occasionally things on here like markets and shows but just a fancy building, but nothing special

Thank Peter D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This arts, culture and public events area is home to many attractions, tourism booths, restaurants and bars. There are often many events along the Yarra River, so check out what’s on and take a walk along the bank or simply sit down on one of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love Fed Square. There are always great music events, excellent eating, movies to see and wonderful exhibitions for young and old. It is right next to the main railway station, so very easy to access.

Thank Looly1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very central to pretty much everything in the centre of the city, whether culture, sports. Cafes, shopping, the arts etc.. good meeting place as just opposite Flinders Street Station. There are also many tram routes that stop in front of the square. If all the...More

Thank Grant T
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