Federation Square, Melbourne

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    Art or Chaos - you decide ?

    by pugwashman Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    By all accounts this particular bit of architecture divides opinion, you either love it or hate it. It's essentially a square/plaza with some interesting modernistic style buildings around it. Seemed a nice place to catch a coffee or beer, and is only a stroll away from the Yarra River so worth taking a look at. When we visited there were craft stalls and cooking exhibitions as part of the Melbourne Food Festival..

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    Federation Bells

    by leon.partsi Written Oct 9, 2011

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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.

    Federation Bells at Fed Square Federation Square Bank Arts Centre and Eureka Tower From the Bells Federation Bells Walkway On the Way to the Bells
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    FEDERATION SQUARE

    by BerniShand Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Melbournes most incredible focal point, Federation Square can hold up to 20,000 people, we saw it on Gold Cup day, packed with people waiting to watch the big race on the giant TV screens, it was like walking into a huge open air party

    the modern architecture of the square is amazing, even to someone whos preferance is for the more historical buildings
    the design for the square was decided by a competition in 1997, the winner was Lab architecture studio and Bates Smart, and the project cost $450,000,000 funded by the City of Melbourne, The Commonwealth Government and the private sector

    in the square is the Ian Potter Centre, housing the Natiomal Gallery of Victoria which only houses Australian art,
    the AMCI - the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
    the Yarra building which houses the Australian Racing Museum,
    the BMW Edge theatre, the Zinc Function Centre and varios other offices, galleries, shops and cafes

    the old, reflected in the new
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    Very Striking

    by PierreZA Written Dec 8, 2007

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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!

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    Fun in Federation Square

    by amandajayne81 Written May 9, 2009

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    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.

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    FEDERATION SQUARE

    by Rumi-fan Written Jul 28, 2007

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    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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    Check out the Melbourne Tourist Centre

    by sweetie_inc Written Sep 16, 2007

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    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"....

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  • Federation Square

    by MishyM Updated Sep 20, 2006

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    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.
    Adults $10
    Concession $8 (seniors/students)
    Children $6 (12 years + under)
    Family $28 (2 adults + 2 children)

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    The much hyped Federation Sqaure

    by chennaismartguy Written Aug 4, 2005

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    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.

    Me @ Federation Square

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    Fed Square interesting architecture

    by jolivisage Written Oct 12, 2003

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    You must go here! This building commemorates Melbournes 200 year anniversary. It contains the NGV - National Gallery Victoria, cafes, and other interesting events and large outdoor TV screen.

    The building replaced the old Gas & Fuel buildings which were two brown bricked towers that were and eyesore to Melbourne and demolised to make way for Federation Square.......

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    Tourist Central

    by leon.partsi Written Sep 6, 2012

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    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.

    Fed Square from Flinders St Horses in front of Fed Square the ACMI in Fed Square
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  • Federation Square

    by thescene Written Oct 19, 2010

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    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.

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    Federation Square

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    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.

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    The heart of Melbourne

    by muratkorman Written Aug 14, 2009

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    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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  • Fantastic Tramtastic Tour!

    by Missadventure Written Jul 17, 2007

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    I went on a Tramtastic Tour of Melbourne. Very patient and knowledgeable guide Allen showed us the best shops to visit (cool places - not mainstream chain stores), plus some brilliant cafes and groovy hangouts. Tour was meant to take four hours but he gave us six hours for no extra charge... and even gave us all his phone number in case we needed any help during the rest of our stay! Genuinely a very nice person. Tour was great fun and I learned which trams to catch so I could get around Melbourne easily for the rest of my trip. Highly recommended, don't miss it!

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