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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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“big screen” (138 reviews)
“meeting place” (119 reviews)
Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 9655 1900
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Can't really see the great attraction here. There's interesting architecture and plenty of food places but it just doesn't hang together well for me as a place to hang out. Good location to meet though.

Thank EssenJohn
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There is always something happening at Federation Square. Either on stage, at the restaurants, the gallery etc. this is the location of the main tourist centre which is fantastic. Information for tourists who want to know where to go in and around Victoria and elsewhere...More

Thank Antoinette B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Federation Square is located at the intersection of Flinders Street and Swanson Street in the city's CBD and adjacent to Flinders Street Station. A key part is the large public screen which is used to broadcast major sporting events. It brings together world class events,...More

1  Thank apintolobo
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is quite a busy place with all coaches starting and ending their day tours from here . This is just behind the main station and a stroll around walkable places is worth it . Come at evening time .

Thank pilgrim_gsa
Reviewed 6 days ago

Love watching live music performance at Federation Square, it's a meeting place and relaxation place.

Thank Luisa F
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's usually always something going on down here, we were there for Diwali, lots of people around, great atmosphere

Thank deby1mcd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very unusual, piece of urban sculpture which happens to form a cluster of buildings and plazas. A must walk around.

Thank Flight2012
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though it was wintertime, it was great to be able to dine outside, pre theatre and soak up the atmosphere.

Thank Karen F
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must stop place for people watching, tourist information, and What’s Happening. Something is always going on at The Square.

Thank Dorothy W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Federation Square is the meeting point for tourists, it has many restaurants, museums, has a visitor centre and it is located in front of a massive train station. Easy to get, hard to miss.

Thank leo4gzs
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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