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Federation Square

See the edgy architecture of Melbourne’s main civic space, a great place to take in an event, explore a museum or simply people-watch.

Federation Square is the main civic center and public space of Melbourne. Known affectionately as “Fed Square,” it’s located in the heart of Melbourne and is flanked by Flinders Street Station, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Yarra River. Federation Square is best known for its controversial architecture, which stands in stark contrast to the stately Victorian and neo-Gothic buildings that surround it. The bold, angular structures alone make Federation Square a great place to visit.  

Begin your Fed Square visit at the underground Melbourne Visitor Centre to pick up maps, join a free guided tour of the square and shop for quality souvenirs. Ask the friendly volunteers about upcoming events in the square. Federation Square plays host to an extensive and eclectic program of events, avant-garde public artworks, and activities, such as early morning tai chi classes.

Back at ground level, explore the deconstructionist zinc, glass and sandstone architecture of The Atrium, The Edge theater and the Zinc function and event center. Catch a movie and discover the latest in gaming technology at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), then immerse yourself in Australian art at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Ian Potter Centre.

In the main open-air plaza, snap a photograph of yourself on the enormous television screen. This screen televises major sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup and the grand final of the Australian Football League (AFL), drawing thousands of sports fans to the square.

Fed Square has numerous bars, cafés and restaurants, and offers the biggest free Wi-Fi site in Melbourne. The square is located on the corner of Swanson and Flinders streets in downtown Melbourne, just across the road from the city’s busiest railway hub, Flinders Street Station. The square is easily accessible by tram, bus and boat, and offers user-pay car parking and secure bicycle racks and rentals.


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Crowne Plaza Melbourne ¥12,940
Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Central are also within 1 mi (2 km). Southern Cross Station is 8 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 18 minutes.

    The Langham, Melbourne ¥17,345
    The Langham, Melbourne

    The Langham, Melbourne

    One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on the riverwalk, steps from Southbank Promenade, Eureka Tower, and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria are also within 10 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 17 minutes.

      Pegasus Apart'Hotel ¥8,142
      Pegasus Apart'Hotel

      Pegasus Apart'Hotel

      206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Central. Emporium Melbourne and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 3-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

        The Victoria Hotel Melbourne ¥7,957
        The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

        The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

        215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this spa hotel is steps from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are also within 5 minutes. Parliament Station is 8 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 9 minutes.

          Great Southern Hotel Melbourne ¥5,207
          Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

          Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

          44 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and SEA LIFE Melbourne. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Flinders Lane are also within 10 minutes. Southern Cross Station is only a 5-minute walk and Flagstaff Station is 15 minutes.

            Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne ¥7,857
            Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

            Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

            328 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Federation Square, National Gallery of Victoria, and Melbourne Central. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 1 mi (2 km). Flinders Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 13 minutes.

              Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne ¥7,434
              Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

              Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

              300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central, and Queen Victoria Market. Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 3 mi (5 km). Flagstaff Station is 6 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 7 minutes.

                Stamford Plaza Melbourne ¥16,175
                Stamford Plaza Melbourne

                Stamford Plaza Melbourne

                111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Regent Theatre, Princess Theatre, and Bourke Street Mall. Melbourne Central and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 1 mi (2 km). Parliament Station is 5 minutes by foot and Flinders Street Station is 10 minutes.