Federation Square is a unique cultural and entertainment precinct located in the centre of Melbourne. Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and gift shops, this modern piazza has been embraced as ‘Melbourne’s Meeting Place’ – a local hang-out and one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations.
The precinct is the size of an entire city block and is internationally recognised for its award-wining architectural design. Federation Square opened in 2002 and was designed by Lab architecture studio in collaboration with Australian architects, Bates Smart.
Major Melbourne attractions include:
» The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
» Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
» NGV Studio
» No Vacancy Project Space
» The Federation Story
» Melbourne Visitor Centre
Host to more than 2,000 events each year, Federation Square is a hub for festivals, markets, fashion shows, public lectures, films and concerts.
At the heart of the city’s cosmopolitan dining scene, Federation Square has sixteen cafes, bars and restaurants, showcasing a variety of cuisines including Australian, Northern Chinese, Japanese and Italian.
It’s also the first point of call for travellers, with souvenir shops and a range of tourism services including:
» Bike hire
» Sightseeing day tours
» Melbourne river cruises
» Free Wi-Fi
» Travel booking services
Guided Tours of Federation Square operate Monday – Saturday at 11am, departing from the Melbourne Visitor Centre.