Federation Square is Melbourne's most prominent meeting place and 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 at 11am and 2pm Monday - Saturday 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:
Parks & Spaces
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 (Kimberley region) sandstone cobbles, the Square rises to a gentle incline above street level offering spectacular views of the City, Southbank and the Yarra River.
The Square's versatile layout with its large super screen and stage, is also surrounded by restaurants, cafes and bars making it a casual seating for outdoor performances and exhibitions.
More than just a venue, the Square has now found its place as 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!
To the east of Federation Square is Birrarung Marr, a new riverside park on land reclaimed from railway marshalling yards and a major arterial road.
This park is very popular for Tai chi, exercising and general 'hanging out'. The speakers corner is considered a highlight.
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
Discover the ArtPlay playground - 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. Why not make a day of it at ArtPlay and give your child some time to play!
ArtPlay is also a specially designed centre where children, primary school groups and families can be creative alongside professional artists and play in an exciting outdoor space. ArtPlay also runs weekday workshops for schools.
Primary School Classes are invited to book in for morning and afternoon workshops at ArtPlay on weekdays.Family fun on weekends and holidays. Weekend and holiday workshops are especially for families and children aged 12 years or under.
Information about workshops and special activities held throughout school holidays can be found on their website.
For More Information Visit - www.artplay.com.au
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.
Melbourne Visitor Centre (MVC)
When visiting Melbourne, make the Visitor Information Centre at Federation Square your first stop. The Melbourne Visitor Centre (MVC) is a one-stop shop for all visitor information needs. Look for the distinctive yellow ‘i’ on blue background sign.
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!
The Melbourne Visitor Centre is open every day of the year except for Good Friday and Christmas Day. 9am to 6pm
For More Information 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)
The first centre of its kind in the world, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image 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 for much of the Centre, although charges apply for cinema screenings and certain programs and exhibition.
For More Information Visit - www.acmi.net.au
- The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is the world's first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art. It is a spectacular showcase comprising over 20 galleries housed within a landmark architectural complex.
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, and a suite of galleries dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
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/ngvaustralia
The new National Design Centre (NDC) showcases Australian design across all its disciplines and acts as a central hub for design. It is a resource centre, gallery space and retail outlet and is open to the public 7 days a week.
The NDC includes a compact gallery space called The ShowBox which features an annual program of local and international design exhibitions; a permanent New Materials Exhibit displays new products, materials and technologies for the design industry; and a retail outlet sells Australian designed products, including a selection of NDC commissioned items.
A major component of the NDC is the development and management of ongoing programs and events, such as the annual Melbourne Design Festival held each July.
Entry is free (with the exclusion of special events)
For More Information Visit - www.nationaldesigncentre.com
Kirra Gallery specialise in contemporary Australian glass, wood and sculpture. The diversity of mediums and designs ensure a varied collection of some of the finest works available in Australia today.
Kirra operates two galleries, strategically located on either side of the Yarra River are at Melbourne's Federation Square and the within Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct. They both feature art glass, sculpture, collectables and gifts, with products that are all Australian made and selected from the finest artists in their fields.
For More Information Visit - www.kirra.com
Function & Event Venues
ZINC at Federation Square opened as Melbourne's ultimate events venue and Epicures latest.
Named after the transitional metal used extensively throughout this exciting new Melbourne landmark, ZINC accommodates 550 for dinner and 1000 for cocktails, it is ideal for smaller numbers by dividing the space into two studios with independent entrances.
ZINC is contemporary, stylish space for corporate events or for weddings and social celebrations. Located on the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne.
For More Information Visit - www.zincfedsq.com.au
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.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Alexandra Gardens, the Victorian Arts Centre spire and the Yarra River are all in view through the crystalline lining of the venue. It offers an inspirational Melbourne setting and ambience.
Restaurants, Bars & Cafés
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