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Make Federation Square your first stop when visiting the Melbourne Central Business District. You can't miss this public area. It sits  opposite the world famous Flinders Street Clocks, right on the corner of Russell Street and Flinders Street.

Come and discover Australia's, world famous, people's square and immerse yourself in some of Australia's beautiful and diverse artworks, not to mention the incredible Square's modern, award winning architecture.

Expect to spend quite some hours discovering all the interesting and different aspects of Federation Square Melbourne, where there is something for all the family to enjoy.

Architecture found at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia compliments of https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Federation_Square_(5399921791).jpg#/media/File:Federation_Square_(5399921791).jpgArchitecture found at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia compliments of https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Federation_Square_(5399921791).jpg#/media/File:Federation_Square_(5399921791).jpg

A Short History On The Site Of Federation Square

The Princes Gate Towers were demolished in 1997 to make way for the new Federation Square. These were originally a set of twin towers built at he intersection of Swanston Street and Flinders Street. Occupied by the Gas and Fuel, the towers were known as the Gas and Fuel Corporation Towers. They were not popular with Melburnians and it was decided to demolish them to make way for a world class public area.

At the same time the old Jolimont Railyard was dramatically altered and Federation Square was built over the rail lines.

The Princes Gate Towers were a set of twin office tower blocks that were located at the intersection of Flinders Street and Swanston Street in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. Most of the rail lines were removed with just a few left standing.

Federation Square in Melbourne's CBDFederation Square built in the 1990's is a world class public square in Melbourne's CBD

You can now enjoy this winning, clever, inspirational design by Lab Architecture Studio in conjunction with Bates Smart.

The inspiration comes from the unique characteristics of Melbourne's lane ways and arcades.

The Federation Square Melbourne area spreads from Swanston Street to Melbourne Park with these features...

  • A large irregular shaped city square or piazza
  • An area for alfresco dining, street theatre and music-St Paul's Court
  • A complex of buildings along Flinders Street for galleries, performance and cafes
  • A building complex housing ACMI, centre for multi media facilities and office
  • A glass winter garden atrium with rainforest and desert greenhouses
  • A free standing restaurant and viewing tower
  • The National Gallery of Victoria-NGV housing The world famous Australian Art Collection
  • World Class Function center.Home of SBS
  • Always expanding with new and diversely international tenants, Federation Square Melbourne can only become more interesting as the years go on.

How To Get To Federation Square

Driving to Federation Square

Check out the Journey Planner on my map below.

Click on the blue icon button, this opens a map, click on Federation Square and then follow directions on how to get there.


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Once there, it is easy to get a park ... Safe, affordable and convenient onsite parking, what more could you want?

The multi-level car park is accessible from Russell Street or Batman Ave (Exhibition Street extension - City Link) and provides a secure environment, a quick and easy payment system, affordable rates and quick access to Federation Square Melbourne, the MCG, Southbank and Melbourne’s CBD.

Open: Monday - Thursday, 6:00am-midnight

Friday, 6:00am-1:00am

Saturday, 8:00am-2:00am

Sunday, 8:00-midnight

Want to use Public Transport?

It's easy, just use the Metlink Journey Planner.

This is easy to use and you can choose your mode of transport to suit your individual need. A most convenient and economical way to get around Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs.

Steps from Federation Square leading to Birrarung MarrSteps from Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia that lead to Birrarung Marr

Whilst you are exploring Federation Square Melbourne, take the opportunity to wander down the steps and visit Birrarung Marr. This is Melbourne's newest and most modern parkland.

Here you will find...

  • The Federation Bells, 
  • Deborah Halpern's Art Sculpture - The Angel, 
  • Art Play, 
  • An excellent childrens' playground, 
  • Public BBQ's, 
  • Aboriginal art sculptures and so much more.

What Can You Find At Federation Square Melbourne?

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A Well Stocked Information Center

The Information Center at Federation Square Melbourne, is stocked full of brochures, maps and the most informative and friendly staff.

All your tourist questions can be answered, including plenty of suggestions for interesting, unique and sometimes quirky/unusual tours. A one stop shop for local, interstate and overseas visitors.

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Ian Potter Centre - Wonderful Area For The Serious Art Critic

The Ian Potter Centre is part of NGV Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria. It is the world's first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art. There are over 20 galleries here in the complex.

Here you will find, the history of Australian art from the Colonial period and the Heidleberg School, through to contemporary art, as well as a special suite of galleries displaying proudly the works of Aboriginal and The Torres Strait Islanders.

What a great way to introduce art to the young mind.

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When Open:

10am–5pm
Closed Mondays
Open all public holidays except: Christmas Day & Good Friday
Open from 1pm ANZAC Day

Contact: 0328620222
ngv.vic.gov.au

The Amazing Federation Square Melbourne - Atrium

This public area is home to such places as the Ian Potter Centre, private Art galleries, cafes, specialty shops and display areas. Featuring the amazing and modern steel and glass wall and ceiling area, the public can take pleasure in wandering through to Flinders Street.

The Atrium is also connected directly to the Deakin Edge, a glass theatre with magnificent views across the Yarra River. Melbourne's lane ways and arcades have inspired the creation of this spectacular conglomerate of steel and glass.

This location is used for many events such as fashion parades, festival launches and the well observed Book MarketThere are plenty of cafes and restaurants, boutique stores and a souvenir hunter's paradise. A truly amazing visual experience not to be missed.

The Atrium Federation Square, Melbourne - by Cookaa (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe Atrium Federation Square, Melbourne - by Cookaa (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

ACMI (The Australian Centre For Moving Image)

ACMI is totally dedicated to all forms of moving image. film, TV, games, new media and screen based art, the latest computer games and digital art of the future.

A totally engrossing experience for all the family and a great way to introduce this medium to the kids.

  • Special exhibitions
  • Classic Australian film experiences
  • The very latest in world cinema and animation
  • Hands on workshops

When Open: Screen Gallery is open daily 10:00am-6:00pm, Thursday till 9:00pm. Closed Christmas day and Good Friday

Contact: 03 8663 2200
Check what's on at ACMI

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The Square (Big Screen And Open Public Area)

When there is something big happening in Melbourne then it is almost certainly happening in The Square, for instance...

  • Sporting events such as Football finals, The Australian Tennis Open,  Formula One etc
  • Moomba Festival events
  • Open air Concerts
  • Celebrity performances
  • Awards and presentations
  • Holiday celebrations

The area is large enough to hold over 10,000 people and the huge screen overlooks the whole area.

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Regular Events Held At Federation Square Melbourne

  • The Book Market is a FREE event that is held every Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm at the Atrium
  • The Car Club Showcase-a FREE event on the last Sunday of every month, 11:00am-2:30pm for all you car enthusiasts held at the Flinders Street end of the Atrium
  • Make a Scarecrow, all materials are supplies, there is a small cost involved. Every Sunday from 12:00pm to 12:30pm
  • Tai Chi-a FREE event held every Tuesday, 7:30am-8:30am in the main Square.
  • Dance - Tango/Zumba/Belly Dancing/Groove, different times and days see the link below for more details.

Click the link here - So much more to see and do.

Exciting Tourist Activities and Top Tours To Book

5 Top Tour Bus Operators use the Federation Square Melbourne as their home, here you can book some amazing tours such as The Great Ocean Road, The Penguin Parade and the Puffing Billy just to name a few.

The buses depart daily from the Russell Street extension and Flinders Street.

  • AAT Kings
  • APT
  • Gray Line
  • Melbourne's Bus Tours
  • Melbourne on the Move

Many Tour Operators use Federation Square as their pick up point.

I love the tours that Viator offers and booking tours through this company is so easy. With Melbourne settled beside the Yarra River, I love the cruises that Viator suggests.

I thoroughly recommend as an excellent introduction to Melbourne, The Melbourne City Sights and optional Yarra River Cruise Tour.

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Down the steps from Princess Bridge or take the lift to the banks of the yarra River and you will find little cafes and licensed bistros along with other tour operators such as  Rent a Bike

I highly recommend this way to travel around the city on many of its safe, flat riding pathways.

From the Yarra River, Melbourne's ancient waterway, you can take in the sights of the CBD and gain a totally different perspective of the city's skyline. The Art Centre Spire, the NGV, the world famous Boat Sheds and the beautiful Alexandra Gardens.

Melbourne's best boating operators also base their home at Federation Wharf.

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SBS (Special Broadcasting Service)

The studios of Melbourne's SBS are housed here in the Alfred Deakin Building. The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) provides multilingual and multicultural informative radio and television services to all the public.

SBS enthusiastically encourages the interaction between all the diverse cultures that make up Australian society in this day and age.

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Melbourne's Federation Square has...

  • Podcasts
  • Free Foreign newspapers
  • Australia's largest FREE, outdoor WiFi site
  • High speed wireless broadband
  • Send a personal message to the Big Screen with SMS Fed TV, what about a birthday message to "the Kid"
    Put a message up on the Optus Message Board, just text 19SMS FED

- Mobility Centre at Federation Square

Wheelchairs, scooters, walking frames, children's strollers, vision canes and other mobility aids are available here to help you get around. Operated by the YMCA Victoria on behalf of the City of Melbourne and dedicated to improving accessibility in the CBD.

Where: Car Park, on the bottom level opposite the lift

When: Monday to Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm.

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm

Closed on all Public Holidays

Contact: (03)9650 6499, TTY 9650 9316 or Freecall 1800 735 266
The Melbourne Mobility Centre

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