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Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Australia has a proud film making history, and has an excellent standing in the field of creative media in general. All of this is celebrated in the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). The vast interior of the institution is stuffed with exhibits covering a century and a half of television, movies and computer games in particular, with an emphasis on anything with an Australian connection. The highlight for me was the exact same car used in the original Mad Max movie. It's great for kids, and my three year old son wanted to play every computer game they had, from the ancient Space Invaders to the very modern Little Big Planet. Many of the exhibits are interactive, and there are a number of enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff on hand to explain the mechanics and history of everything.
It's one of the best museums I have ever visited - we spent hours inside. And it's completely free.
A fantastic example of urban reclamation. On my last visit to Melbourne in 1995 the area where Federation Square now stands consisted of two ugly brown towers, the fading giants of the 1960s Gas and Fuel Corporation buildings that obscured the Cathedral, and a swathe of even browner rail yard stretching to the Yarra River. The buildings have been demolished and the railway tracks covered. In their place has come Federation Square - a bold huddle of aggressively angular buildings that are almost schizophrenic in their design. It contrasts rather than complements the traditional architecture of its neighbours - St Paul's Cathedral and Flinders Street station, and its u-shaped square opens up onto the fourth corner of Melbourne's new look city centre - Southbank.
Federation Square is a hub of activity in the CBD. The Square is an odd looking area comprised of strange structures and buildings flanking the corners. The Square is a hangout for people just sitting on the steps, eating at one of the restaurants or for peopel handing out pamphlets on whatever cause they happen to believe in that particular day.
The Melbourne Visitor's Center is located here as well as The Edge Theatres, The National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Centre for the Moving Image,SBS Television and Radio Headquarters and Melbourne Festival Headquarters.
From this area are stairs accessing the Waterfront. My wife and I spent some time here at the Visitor's Center, explored some of the Art installments and then made our way to the Riverfront area for a walk.
Federation Square is a new publicity piece in the heart of Melbourne city that was completed in 2002. In short, it has less than nothing to do with where the Federation of Australia took place. It is however beautifully located on the intersections of Flinders Street and Swanston St/St Kilda St and it is opposite our busiest train station, Flinders Street Station.
The area is highly modern with LED lights, shiny metal, bright, angular architecture and wide open areas. It is in stark contrast to St Paul's Cathedral to its North and the colonial Flinders St Station to its West. The complex itself is mainly park land, however it does also have office space (mainly SBS - Special Broadcasting Service) and it is the home of the ACMI (Australian Center for the Moving Image) and National Gallery. In the middle of the central square, there is a gigantic television screen which shows most sporting events. For really big events like the football finals people bring chairs, couches, mattresses... Anything they need and camp out watching the game.
If you are a tourist and need help finding your way around, at the very north-west corner of the square is a visitor center which helps you learn about what sorts of things you can do around Melbourne.
Not many locals come here apart from to meet each other and head out into the "Real Melbourne" as they would call it. Still, you'll see a lot of schools leading kids on excursions here, mainly for the National Gallery.
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Federation Bells is a fantastic piece of public art behind the back of Federation Square that allows you to compose your own tune on http://www.federationbells.com.au/
Once you get to the website and compose your track, you are given a schedule of when you'll be able to hear your masterpiece played over the entire public arena.
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Federation Square & Melbourne Visitor Centre
Federation Square is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Melbourne. This building is built as a meeting place for special events and functions for Melbourne. They also have different exhibitions from time to time for special causes.
You don't have to spend much time there, unless you are attending an event or have coffee in their cafe for free WiFi. Basically, you can take many great pictures there cause the modern architecture is totally unique in Melbourne.
Check out website for an events that you might be interested...
Melbourne Visitor Centre is located ground floor of Federation Square. This should be the first place to visit in Melbourne because you can get free maps and information here including Melbourne and State of Victoria attractions, tours, and public transportation timetables and routes.
Open daily 9am-6pm.
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Music in Fed Square
Federation Square has become the cultural heart of the city, in spite of the huge controversy when first opened. Wander down here virtually any weekend of the year and you will find some kind of live music taking place - ranging from the vast array of multiculturalism present in the city through to major festivals and events such as the Melbourne Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and so much more - and with the big screen, events such as the Australian Open Tennis, World Cup games etc are also broadcast.
The iconic Federation Square is one of the main tourist sights in Melbourne. This small square bounded by the Yarra river on one side is place where a lot of big public events take place. The beautiful architecture around the square is quite breathtaking. Nearby is the the National Gallery of Victoria-Australia Center where you can see a selection of art work from Australian artists. The square also houses a few TV and radio broadcast stations which serves Melbourne. You can also visit the Federation Wharf where you can see the beautiful Yarra river.
The heart of Melbourne
Federation Square is the meeting point for locals and tourists. Ian Potter Center and Australian Center for the Moving Image are two points in Federation Square where you can taste art and culture. Melbourne Visitor Centre which is located underground is the best place to plan your visits and trips around Melbourne with friendly and helpful staff. The square is perfect for people watching and you can stroll to the riverbank if you are bored. There are also restaurants available.
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Fun in Federation Square
A great meeting area across the river from the city and not far from the casino. We merely walked through here but our friends pointed out several great pubs and eating areas as well as a general area to sit around and people watch and enjoy your time. Very well done.
Quirky Federation Square & Tourist Info
Easily the LANDMARK for Melbourne with its quirky irrelevant design, Federation Square or Fed Square, as its name suggests, was meant to open to celebrate the centenary of Australian Federation on 1 Jan 01. (Due to delays, it actually opened on 26 Oct 02)
It comprises a series of buildings containing a public broadcaster (SBS), art galleries (The Ian Potter Centre is here), a museum, cinemas, exhibition spaces, auditoria, restaurants, bars and shops around two major public spaces, one covered (The Atrium), the other open to the sky, and composed of two spaces that flow into one another (St. Paul's Court and The Square). The majority of the precinct is built on top of a concrete deck over busy railway lines. Received negatively initially, it quickly won over the hearts of the Melbournians.
I wouldn't even try to explain the architectural bits....it's still looks a little disjointed to my untrained eyes though I applaud its quirkiness with its weird bends, angles and lines. It's a happening place as bands play to music to folks having a drink in the bars and restaurants and soaking in the electric atmosphere.
Tourists will make your way here too. Why? The Tourist Info Centre is here. Grin. Get your first orientation of the city, right here; right now.
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Melbourne City Romp
New to Melbourne, the inaugural "Melbourne City Romp" started in October, 2007.
Part treasure hunt, part amazing race, this is probably one of the best ways to learn about Melbourne.
The next 'Romp' is happening, Sunday, 19th October, 2008. Website listed here, so check it out. Fun to be had, prizes to be won and all money goes to a worthy cause.
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I am sure you will find many different opinions about Federation Square. It is very different and functional, I suppose. It is not "square" at all, but very interesting. I don't know if I should say much more, best to find out for yourself!
Check out the Melbourne Tourist Centre
If you have not bought your day tours, you must go to the Federation Square to check out all the packages available at the Melbourne Tourist Center Here!
There are local guides to help you plan your day tours and they have lots of day tours for you to choose from... Basically, you can get all the info on Melbourne here!
Where to go, what time to visit, how much, etc....
And you can book the tour with them directly after you have done your comparison of prices and tours...
You dont have to go to the travel agents... You can book tours from ABC travel agent with them..... Save lots of time and hassle..
Federation Square is the perfect place to meet friends too! There's a cafe right in front called the "Time Out"....
Federation Square is Melbourne's meeting place and a unique cultural precinct. Within Federation Square there are many other attractions including The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Champions: Australian Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, National Design Centre and the Melbourne Visitor Centre, along with many restaurants, cafes and bars.
There are guided tours at 11am and 2pm Monday - Saturday.
Personally i dont like the architecture but many do.
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