Federation Square is Melbourne's favourite meeting place as well as a unique cultural precinct which brings together a creative mix of attractions, museums and galleries, and the finest of dining with its many restaurants, cafes and bars.
Federation Square is also a hub of Melbourne activities with function centres, guided tours and over 2000 events held annually, including multicultural festivals, markets, film screenings, sporting events and much more.
There is so much to see and do at Fed Square:
The Square is the focal point for all of Federation Square's events, festivals and activities, which is capable of holding up to 10,000 people at one time.
Paved in Western Australian sandstone cobbles, the Square rises to a gentle incline above street level offering spectacular views of the City, Southbank and the Yarra River.
The versatile layout with its large screen and stage is surrounded by restaurants, cafes and bars making it a casual seating for outdoor performances and exhibitions.
The Square is a popular meeting point for many visitors to the city, a familiar landmark where countless people can be found enjoying a quiet afternoon with a book, live music on the stage, or a sports game on the big screen…
Festive gatherings at Federation Square are vibrant and occasions, bringing people together with as much openness as the Square holds itself!
Melbourne Visitor Centre
The Visitor Information Centre is a great place to start any visit to Melbourne.
The Visitor Information Centre has everything you need to get the best out of your stay –MVC staff and volunteers are happy to provide comprehensive information and advice on what to see and do in Melbourne and across Victoria, so please visit and discover the best of what Melbourne has to offer!
Look for the distinctive yellow ‘i’ on blue background sign. The Melbourne Visitor Centre is open every day of the year except for Good Friday and Christmas Day. 9am to 6pm
Visit - Melbourne Visitor Centre | 1300 780 045 or (03) 9928 0000
Museums | Galleries | Attractions
A remarkable galleria-like structure made of glass, steel and zinc, the Atrium is flanked by the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the function centre (known as Zinc), bars, cafes, shops and provides access to the Yarra River and the main Square.
Its orientation draws inspiration from Melbourne's traditional laneways and arcades. The design and building of the Atrium was a major challenge, with little if any precedence in the world.
It is a street-like space, five-stories high with glazed walls and roof. The exposed metal structure and glazing patterns follow the fractal geometry used elsewhere in the precinct's building facades.
The Atrium plays host to many special exhibitions and art installations, many of which add to the already impressive appearance from within.
- Australian Centre for the Moving Image
ACMI is dedicated to the moving image in all its forms - from early cinema to the latest digital media - and offers a unique experience for an Australian audience and visitors from around the globe.
Discover the world of the moving image in our high-tech galleries, cinemas and studio spaces – from more than a century of film to the latest computer games and the digital art of the future.
Film, TV, Games, New Media and Art – visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image to get the inside story of all the stuff you can’t live without.
Featured in Lonely Planet as one of Melbourne’s ‘top five’ experiences, visit ACMI to immerse yourself in the world’s most addictive forms of entertainment.
Entry is free, although charges apply for cinema screenings and exhibitions.
For More Information Visit - www.acmi.net.au | Australian Centre for the Moving Image
- The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
The Ian Potter Centre is the world's first gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art with a spectacular showcase comprising over 20 galleries.
NGV Australia presents the history of Australian art from the Colonial period and the Heidelberg School through to contemporary art, and includes photography, prints and drawings, fashion and textiles, decorative arts.
With special exhibitions and educational programs and new perspectives of the city through its glass matrix, NGV Australia is more than a great place to view art - it is a completely fresh approach that encourages people from all walks of life to enjoy the world of art.
For More Information Visit - www.ngv.vic.gov.au | The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Function & Event Venues
A 290-to-450 seat indoor amphitheatre situated at the river end of the Atrium, Deakin Edge has been designed for music, small to medium scale theatre, comedy, talks and presentations, launches and cabaret.
For More Information Visit - www.fedsquare.com | Deakin Edge Theatre
Located on the riverfront side of Federation Square, ZINC offers a rare private space in the heart of Melbourne.
This modern and stylish venue adds a sense of elegance and sophistication to your special occasion, with contemporary design and striking features such as floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Yarra River.
Shaded by elm trees, ZINC’s outdoor decks provide an excellent setting for pre-dinner drinks and wedding ceremonies with views across the river to the city skyline.
For More Information Visit - www.zincfedsq.com.au | Zinc Fed Square
Parks & Spaces
To the east of Federation Square is a wide expansive riverside park on land reclaimed from railway yards and arterial road.
Wide, open spaces and large, sculptured terraces have been specially designed to host some of Melbourne's best events and festivals throughout the year and a theatre-like space at the river's edge will easily accommodate large crowds. The tops of these terraces give way to spectacular views of the City, Southbank, Domain and the Yarra River.
Birrarung means "river of mists" in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people who originally inhabited the area, while Marr means "side of the river".
The park brings focus towards the river and will become a day-to-day space in which people can relax or take part in a variety of activities against a backdrop of native flora in creative and exciting patterns.
For More Information | Visit Birrarung Marr
Artplay is a combination of art space and playground specially for children.
The ArtPlay playground is a children's delight with tube slides, sand pits, swinging hammocks, activity panels, rock and rope climbing features and balance beams.
The playground is designed to stimulate the creative and cultural development of children, and is open seven days a week.
ArtPlay is also a specially designed art centre where children can be creative and play in an exciting space. ArtPlay also runs weekday workshops for schools.
Information about workshops and special activities held throughout school holidays can be found on their website.
For More Information Visit - www.artplay.com.au | ArtPlay
The refurbished Federation Wharf and historic "Vaults" link Federation Square with Melbourne's Yarra River.
Incorporating the Riverland Bar and Cafe, Hire-A-Bike, Ferry Boat Drop off and Pick Up Service, Federation Wharf is the perfect place to "chill out", promenade and commence your exploration of Melbourne's river waterfont.
All efforts have been made in the recent refurbishment to preserve the original charm and building form of the former boat shed "Vaults" that date back to the 1890's.
Restaurants, Bars & Cafés
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