FEDERATION SQUARE IS RIGHT AT THE HEART OF MELBOURNE.. A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO MEET FOR DRINKS AND A BITE TO EAT.
THE RESTAURANTS HERE REALLY COME TO LIFE ON A FRIDAY WHEN ALL THE OFFICES EMPTY FOR THE WEEKEND..ITS A GREAT PLACE TO SIT AND ENJOY A DRINK AND WATCH MELBOURNE AT WORK REST AND PLAY, THERE IS ALWAYS LOADS GOING ON HERE WITH STREET ENTERTAINERS AND A GIANT TV SCREEN WHICH SHOWS MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS TO NAME BUT A FEW, FED SQUARE IS ALSO A MAJOR TRANSPORT HUB FOR CATCHING A TRAM AND JUST ACROSS THE WAY IS FLINDERS STREET STATION.
BUT WHAT REALLY STOOD OUT FOR ME IN THE SQUARE WAS THE INFORMATION CENTRE.
THIS IS A FANTASTIC PLACE TO GO TO AND CHECK OUT ALL THE DIFFERENT TOURS AND TRIPS THAT ARE POSSIBLE TO DO IN THE MELBOURNE AREA AND BEYOND..
SO FEDERATION SQUARE REALLY HAS THE LOT..FROM HAVING A RELAXING BEER WHILE PEOPLE WATCHING TO BOOKING A TRIP DOWN THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD, THIS IS THE PLACE TO DO ALL...RIGHT IN THE HEART OF MELBOURNE.
Federation Square was great for people watching. In the middle of the day, you'll find a great mix of business people travelling to/from work, children to/from school, residents enjoying their day, and tourists taking it all in. Often you can also find street performers in the area, and with all the stepped surfaces there's plenty of places to sit and enjoy it all.
Federation Square is a huge modern area with a whole lot of things going on - the day I wandered through half of Melbourne seemed to be there as well watching a soccer match on the huge open-air TV screen. There are cafes, bars, a funky glass visitor information centre, a function centre, a major art gallery, the Australian Racing Museum and more. Right in the heart of Melbourne Federation Square is billed as a 'unique cultural precinct'. It is certainly different - I guess that being a lover of more traditional architecture I wasn't as taken with the modern geometric designs of the area as many people undoubtedly would be, but at the same time I was really impressed that the city had gone to such lengths to create a great public area. I would love to be here with the Aussies playing the All Blacks up on that big screen!
Unfortunately, few of my photos of the Square turned out well. So I will have to come back!
Well you can hardly avoid Federation square - it is right across the road from Flinders Street Station in the CBD of Melbourne.
This square is a point of contention amongst people in Melbourne - you either love its look, or you hate it. I am on the hate side of things - simply because it looks like someone has bought an underground set cast off of the Matrix, and set it up in the centre of Melbourne, and it particularly clashes with the beautiful old station across the road.
But looks aside, this is an important part of the city; culturally and socially. Here you can find the Ian Potter Centre, ACMI: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Champions: Australian Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, SBS studio, National Design Centre and the Melbourne Visitor Centre.
There are also heaps and heaps of cafes, restaurants, bars and places to dance there, and around there. Also you are right next to the Yarra river and a short walk to Southbank, the Library, shopping and much more!
You can even take a guided tour by meeting at the Visitors centre at 10am or 2pm Monday ? Saturday.
Concession $8 (seniors/students)
Children $6 (12 years + under)
Family $28 (2 adults + 2 children)
I'm not sure if I'd describe Federation Square as an attraction - it's so many things, unusual - or weirdly designed - building, art space, cafe and restaurant area, as well as a great meeting and gathering place for all kinds of regular entertainment in the square under the big screen - much of it in the form of free multicultural and musical events and festivals.
And Federation Square's Visitor Information centre is a good first stop in the city for gathering information on all there is to see and do (some info available in multiple languages on the left hand side as you enter the downstairs part of the building - for example asian languages, German and French).
Federation Square, in the heart on City is one of the most unsual buildings/structures you are ever likely to come across. Set amongst many old majestic buildings it's a place of culture, art and cuisine. It's the number one place for international tourists in Victoria and also the number one public place for events and activities.
Just inside Federation Square was some lovely art work. I took a few moments to stop and brouse, also looking up at the high ceilings with mosiac steel work, before continuing on. I was just about to go through the doors outside when a shop caught my eye. Kirra Australian Glass and Modern Art. Wow!! What gorgeous glass art!! Didn't think I could afford anything, but doesn't cost to look, so I ventured inside - acting posh haha :o) Anyway these two works of art captivated my attention and since they were only $30 each, I couldn't resist the temptation and bought up :o) My first purchase in Melbourne!! Like 'em? :o)
Federation Square must be the main square in Melbourne. The information centre is cituated below the ground, Channel 7 has is here - and the giant (though, not so real) Christmas tree is here at that time of the year.
There are a few things to do here... gallaries, restaurant/bar, visitor information centre, shopping etc. Log on to the official website to find out more about the square and daily & weekly events.
Guided tours of Federation Square are available and last approximtely 1 hour (departs Mondays - Saturdays @ 11am & 2pm from Melbourne Visitor Centre)
Children AUS$6 (12 years & under)
Family $28 (2 adults + 2 children)
Decided not to do anything, you can just sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee while watching others stroll around the square, and of course the design/architecture of the square itself.
I especially like the scene at night with the lights...not so much during the day.
This is one of the new development along the Yarra River opposite Flinders Street Station. I love the open spaces where you can sit have a break and people watch. You will find the Ian Potter Centre , The NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) and The Australia Centre here as well as many cafes and restaurants along the Yarra.
The picture show my girls taking a break at Fed Sq. with St Paul's Catheral at the background.
The best hippiest in Melbourne that you shouldnt miss .
Why its cool ?
1) The Moving ART gallery is there
walkdown the gallery and be mesmerised by the beautiful art of moving images. What do you mean ? Imagine sunrise and sunset being filmed in a fast forward speed, volcano belching out lavas , the movement of wind on an evening, the high and low tides, and a thousand more moving images being filmed....
Warning - some images may make you dizzy though lol
2) Birarung mar
- beautiful landscape , perfect fairytale view of Yarra River , and good spot for photography
3) Nice and fancy restaraurant
- like Chocolate Buddha sounds cool
Federation Square is controversial due to its striking, but unusual, design using large panels and claddings of sandstone, zinc and glass. It is a strikingly modern design for a civic centre and has not found favour with everyone.
The Square is the size of an entire city block and is a focus for the Melbourne community life positioned in the very centre of the city.
It brings together a creative mix of attractions, including galleries, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, bars, two dedicated function centres, festivals, events and public open spaces embraced by some of the most stunning architecture in the world.
The most useful thing I found here is the information center, you get all the information you needed for Melbourne visit and you can book your tickets for all the Day tours and Rent a car.
One day I found there is a vintage car exhibition going on there, quite impressive.
There is loads to do and see here if you are an arty type although really there is something for everyone
For the cinema buff
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (see separate tip)
For the gambler!
“Champions” - Australian Racing Museum and Hall of Fame
For the Art lover
Ian Potter Gallery - A collection of Australian Art
Along with all this is cafes, restaurants and a live cam if you want to arrange to wave at friends back home LOL
As you can clearly see, the baroque and gothic styles nearby would tend to clash with this body of work. Personally, I don't mind it, I just think it's in the wrong place.
You have to love the spin they tried to put on the winning design: 'The winning scheme draws its inspiration from the unique urban characteristics of Melbourne's arcades and lanes and transforms these elements into a new form of organisation, celebrating the city'.
Sounds like a load of pretentious jibberish to me! They went on:
"Federation Square was to become a new centre of cultural activity for Melbourne - the long-awaited large, open public civic destination. Lab architecture studio saw their design as one of 'difference and coherence' bringing together distinct elements and activities while maintaining a visual and formal coherence. They believed it reflected the true spirit of federation - independent identities combining to form a larger whole."
It houses the Ian Potter Centre (art), Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Australian Racing Museum and Hall of Fame (funny, none of the horses I ever backed were in there), Melbourne Visitor Centre, 15 restaurants and a Function Centre as well as offices for SBS, the Australian Multicultural Media outlet.