Circle the Square Tours
Circle the Square is Federation Square’s tour for schools and explores the themes surrounding Fed Square’s role as Melbourne’s dynamic city square. These include public spaces, community, cultural events, and interpretations of Fed Square’s distinctive architecture, design and history. With so many events and activities held at Fed Square, each tour provides a different experience and makes a great addition to your Melbourne city school excursion or camp. Education tours can be tailored to suit the needs of your group.
Where: Fed Square precinct
When: Monday – Friday, throughout the school year
Duration: 1 hour
Age: All ages
Price: $5 per student
Group size: Maximum of 20 students per hour
Circle the Square – History
This tour focuses on Australian history, drawing links between the coming together of Australia’s colonies at Federation in 1901 and the modern-day coming together of Melbournians at Federation Square. Bridging past and present, students take a journey where they will encounter the stories of the people who once lived and worked on the land where Federation Square now stands, including in its past incarnations as an Indigenous camp site, telegraph office, morgue and train station. Touching on Indigenous history, colonial settlement, the gold rush and Federation, this tour evokes the connection between memory and place and brings our history to life.
Circle the Square – Sustainability
A guided tour of Federation Square’s unique architecture and complex engineering will give students an understanding of the site’s civic unity and cultural space. Students will learn about the two-stage design competition to redevelop the precinct, investigate the site’s environmental sustainability practices and de-code the iconic fractal façade.
Education enquiries + bookings
Please fill out the online booking form or contact:
Program Manager – Education
P: + 61 3 9655 1900