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Federation Square
Vacation Travel Guide

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.

Top Hotels Close to Federation Square

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥7,263 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,152 reviews)

"It was centrally located and clean. The beds were so comfy. But the in room coffee was terrible."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥6,625 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central, and Queen Victoria Market. Crown ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,264 reviews)

"The stay was terrific. Started with very friendly and helpful staff that booked me in."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥13,288 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Crown Casino and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,127 reviews)

"Very good customer service. Close to shopping and casino. Will come back again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2021

Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Federation Square

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥7,263 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥6,625 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥13,288 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5
Crowne Plaza Melbourne
QT Melbourne
QT Melbourne
5 out of 5
133 Russell St, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥14,108 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22
QT Melbourne
Rydges Melbourne Hotel
Rydges Melbourne Hotel
4 out of 5
186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥8,308 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2
Rydges Melbourne Hotel
Mantra Southbank Melbourne
Mantra Southbank Melbourne
4.5 out of 5
31 City Road, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥12,616 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15
Mantra Southbank Melbourne
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
5 out of 5
27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥19,036 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Melbourne - Flinders Street
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Melbourne - Flinders Street
4.5 out of 5
270 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is ¥12,698 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Melbourne - Flinders Street
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
The price is ¥17,617 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16
The Langham, Melbourne
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.