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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.

There are heaps of ways to experience this attraction. We've put together some things you can do at Federation Square:

If you're chasing more options, check out our Melbourne things to do page.


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The Victoria Hotel Melbourne ¥7,577
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 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.

    The Langham, Melbourne ¥18,943
    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 a river, 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.

      Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne ¥8,068
      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.

        Stamford Plaza Melbourne ¥13,590
        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.

          Experience Bella Hotel Apartments ¥7,131
          Experience Bella Hotel Apartments

          Experience Bella Hotel Apartments

          250 City Road, Southbank, VIC
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Southbank Promenade, Eureka Skydeck 88, and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. South Melbourne Market and SEA LIFE Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 16 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 18 minutes.

            Mercure Welcome Melbourne ¥7,577
            Mercure Welcome Melbourne

            Mercure Welcome Melbourne

            265 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Emporium Melbourne and Bourke Street Mall. Melbourne Central and Her Majesty's Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Melbourne Central Station is 6 minutes by foot and Flinders Street Station is 9 minutes.

              Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank ¥8,568
              Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

              Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

              Corner of Southgate Ave & Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Melbourne Central and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Royal Botanic Gardens and Marvel Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km). Flinders Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 17 minutes.

                Grand Hyatt Melbourne ¥18,199
                Grand Hyatt Melbourne

                Grand Hyatt Melbourne

                123 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Collins Street, Flinders Lane, and Regent Theatre. Federation Square and Forum Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Parliament Station is 8 minutes by foot and Flinders Street Station is 8 minutes.