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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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"fed square"
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"big screen"
in 141 reviews
"meeting place"
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"information centre"
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"australian centre for the moving image"
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"yarra river"
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"free wifi"
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"ian potter"
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"modern architecture"
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"meeting point"
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"starting point"
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"art gallery"
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"melbourne visitor"
in 25 reviews
"national gallery of victoria"
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"the heart of the city"
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Reviewed yesterday

Life of the city, really. Was there nearing xmas season and the place is stunning, with so many people. Love it.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had a tour and was alone; no problem so hope this gets more people going! Really good to get some background information with eye for details. The history goes back to long ago (18...) and ends with the modern architecture (modern buildings with tin)....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Federation Square is a fascinating indoor and outdoor purpose built area containing a central plaza, shops with a difference, cafes, bars, cinemas and art galleries. We were informed that they also hold occasional concerts here. It’s a lovely interesting place to spend some time browsing...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Bang opposite the iconic Flinders Street Station, the tourist hot spot. Not sure if I will advice you to visit the Fed Sq. in the heat of the Summers, its s good spot to hang out.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I went several time and there was always music or some sort of festival. One day it had painted cows from Shepparton and a promotion with music and fruits and vegetable. There was always something new there. Good place to sit and watch then pop...More

Thank Kciff
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Reviewed 1 week ago

By day or night this square is always buzzing. Most weekend there seems to be some type of event happening. The building incorporates many cultural centres. The tourist information is also located here.

Thank Swisshen
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A cosmopolitan square with many bars and restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets The place buzzes with life and vibrancy. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Whenever you visit this iconic square you can be sure it will be filled with people and who-knows-what in entertainment! We saw an acrobat who used to work at Cirque du Soleil so were quite entertained. The buildings in the Square definitely worth a look....More

Thank papillon2020
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to people watch. We dined at a restaurant in the square and were able to sit at the window and watch the hordes of people mingling about. Met our city tour group in the square earlier in the day, and it was still...More

Thank 56abc
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing exhibition. Not really for little children (but then neither was the book!!!). Very interactive and great displays. Lots to see & an amazing insite to how they went about making the films.

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