Federation Square, Melbourne

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More than a popular meeting spot in Melbourne, Federation Square serves as an entertainment destination in the heart of the city. Encompassing a city block, this plaza contains bars, restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and plenty of shops. You can rent a bike here and ride around the city, or depart on a boat cruise from the nearby dock. Check out The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, holder of the world's biggest collection of Australian art. Of architectural note are the scalene-triangle sandstone building facades and ochre-colored sandstone blocks in the main square's paving. To visit Federation Square and other attractions in Melbourne, use our Melbourne itinerary builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    We were visited family in Sheparton, on the way back to the airport we had few hours waiting flight back to Queensland home. There is a paid luggage box for us at the bus station so we do not need dra...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We walked through Federation Square, but there was nothing much to look at apart from groups of tourists milling around.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Such a great place. especially at night time it looks very beautiful ! This square is a very nice place to see the heart of Melbourne  more »
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  • The place has a great vibe ! The architecture is so amazing ! I always go to federation square whenever I visit Melbourne.. it's a place to relax .. have a friendly chat .. coffee .. food ... It's got a diversity with which you can relate to ! I just love the place 💗
  • Great architecture and space. Nice and chilled place to hang with friends, and to watch sport on the large screen. Highly suggest watching the tennis here during the Australian Open and you haven't got tickets.
  • Ahhhhh... This is where you can see the beauty of Melbourne... good place to hangout with your GF and friends.. sometimes you can see free show from the local people. People are always enjoying here.
  • I'm drawn to Federation Square like a bee to flowers every time I'm in Melbourne. It's like an attraction precinct in itself - a hub for events, tourism, food and wine, and home to two major attractions, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and NGV Australia: Ian Potter Centre. It's the centre of FREE for visitors. There are lots of free things to do daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. You have free fitness classes, craft workshops, vintage car exhibitions, designer markets, cultural festivals, concerts, food fairs, open-air movies, dance parties, and the list goes on. It also a popular meeting place and gathering spot for locals. No one will lose their way trying to find this place.
  • Wonderful architecture and a great public space to hang out in. Lots of upscale restaurants around for those who fancy a bite to eat or a drink. Great free wifi to use.

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