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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
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a popular and iconic Melbourne destination. It's just across the road from Flinders St station and is within the free tram zone. There's a big TV screen so it's a good place to come and chill out and watch the tennis during the...More

Thank JonHSydney
Reviewed 2 days ago

Federation Square was a great place to visit at Christmas time with overseas guests. Atmosphere was great. Christmas decorations were superb. Made me very proud to be an Australian to see people enjoying themself at this very special time and place.

Thank paulasp303
Reviewed 2 days ago

I have been trying to see these fireworks for a few years and always, something comes up but this year i was able to see them. it was worth the wait, magical.

Thank GraziaM1
Reviewed 2 days ago

A source of divided opinion, I find the modern cubist buildings on the square iconic for Melbourne. Whether you love them or hate them, they typify modern Melbourne and are well worth a visit.

Thank hendrikv463
Reviewed 2 days ago

I like it. The architecture is interesting and modern. The location is perfect. It is on Swanston street, at the Yarra riverside, and in front of Saint Paul Cathedral and the train station. The Ian Potter collection is at Federation Square. This is very special...More

Thank TravelerTrecker
Reviewed 3 days ago

Federation Square is sometimes a hard place to describe - some love it, some don't. I do and I pass through it every day, and there is always something going on. From cultural festivals, food fairs, Laughter Classes or Tai Chi, or watching the tennis...More

Thank Bill J
Reviewed 3 days ago

Plenty of vibe here particularly when the Australian Open was on. Got an ice cream, walked down to the princess walk. Good connection from cbd to the Yarra.

Thank fortunatefew
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots to see and do around here make sure you allow plenty of time to have a good look around plenty places to eat bit pricey though

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At the moment it has lost a lot of its charm due to the construction. It is a good central point for a landmark. Everyone talks about it so go there.

Thank CanberraAussie101
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always a fun place to gather nice cafes and bars always a good atmosphere. Shame there is no tennis there this year.

Thank kaypaulam
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