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, The 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
Arintji Café + Bar is a modern Australian eating establishment in the heart of Federation Square, Melbourne.
Opened in August 2003 by renowned French chef Jacques Reymond to complement his fine dining restaurant, Jacques Reymond’s, Arintji Café + Bar is open 7 days from 10am till late.
For More Information Visit - www.arintji.com.au
Bokchoy Tang is a stylish, informal restaurant featuring contemporary Chinese cuisine of the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers. There is an emphasis on steamed food, hand-made dumplings as well as market-fresh seafood.
The quest for quality and respect for the natural, delicate flavours of each ingredient are principles on which Chinese cuisine is based. Executive chef /owner George Qing uses this philosophy to design menus to suit the most discerning diner, and to add to the richness and diversity of Melbourne's restaurant scene.
For More Information Visit - www.bokchoytang.com.au
One of the reasons Federation Square has become a Melbourne icon in such a short time, is the fantastic mix of galleries, restaurants and shops that you won't find anywhere else.
Beer De Luxe is a brilliant example. A restaurant designed to provide gallery goers, tourists and passers by with a unique experience.
For More Information Visit - www.beerdeluxe.com.au
Cafe Chinotto opens 7 days for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with emphasis on high quality meals at low prices in the best times. Mediterranean style food with assorted basic meals, pasta, salads and excellent pizzas.
Casual, comfortable, affordable and fully licensed with rapid and friendly service. Cafe Chinotto comprises 2 levels, one looking out onto the Square and providing indoor and commodious alfresco dining, the other opens onto The Edge.
For More Information Visit - www.cafechinotto.com.au
Traditional organic Japanese cuisine, specialising in rice, udon and soba noodle dishes. Chocolate Buddha is a Japanese inspired communal dining room, serving the two most staple foods eaten in Japan everyday, Ramen and Donburi.
These are the meals that Japanese people cook at home for their families most days. Chocolate Buddha vary their Australian versions slightly, to incorporate the use of local produce, choosing to use only organic and free-range meat.
For More Information Visit - www.chocolatebuddha.com.au
Feddish aims to create an ambience that provides a comfortable and relaxed dining experience suitable for any occasion. Their large spacious terrace with views over Melbourne’s great Yarra River and Arts Spire merges uninterrupted into the main dining area through concertinaed glass panels that can fold out of sight.
The atmosphere is warm and inviting with the contemporary Australian cuisine. Feddish caters for small and large functions, a-la-carte dining or casual dining in the Cafe/Bar. Their wine list boasts depth and quality, unparalleled at Federation Square.
For More Information Visit - www.feddish.com.au
Location in the Atrium, next to the NGV bookstore, Jolimont Expresso is a fully licensed cafe & bar, offering an enticing menu of gourmet sandwiches, paninis, pies, pasties, soups, wraps & salads, complemented by our superb coffee and the stunning architecture of the Atrium.
A great spot for breakfast or indulge yourself with a scrumptious devonshire tea, cake, cookies or muffins!
Phone: 03 9639 5345
Located at: Atrium (next to the NGV bookstore)
Hours: Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 5:30pm | Sat & Sun: 9am - 5:30pm
Riverland cafe and bar is located along Federation Wharf, offering Melburnians the chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful river views and all of its activity.
Riverland offers a great wine list, a variety of draught beers from around the world and an interesting menu. Riverland’s philosophy of keeping things simple allows them to only stock what they regard to be the finest.
For More Information Visit - www.riverlandbar.com
Mediterranean/International food, breads, pizza, tapas and cakes.Delicious coffee, juices and wide licensed beverage list.
Time Out Cafe is the place to meet friends, eat and drink at any time of day or night. It is convenient in location, food offer and service style.
Ph: 03 9671 3855
Located at: St Pauls Court, Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets
Hours: Monday to Sunday 8.00am – late
- Transport Bar | Taxi Dining Room | Transit
Transport Public Bar is an entertainment venue in the heart of Melbourne at Federation Square. Exhibiting the most modern design of a public bar with numerous architectural awards and winner of the 2006 Best Pub-style Hotel in the AHA National Awards, it is no surprise the venue was quickly adopted as Melbourne’s favourite pub.
Not only is Transport open 7 days 11am – late, it also offers a $10 pub menu from midday every day and one of the largest beer lists in the southern hemisphere.
Taxi Dining Room, located at Transport, is a superb restaurant serving contemporary Japanese and Australian cuisine, located on the first floor of Transport Hotel offering stunning views of the city. Open daily for lunch & dinner
Transit, located on the second level of the highly acclaimed Transport Hotel complex, offers a roof top lounge bar with expansive views from the MCG to the Docklands… perfect for entertaining interstate or international clients.
This sophisticated cocktail bar open from 5pm Wednesday - Sunday is a place to relax with a delicious cocktail while being entertained by some of Melbourne's finest musicians.
For More Information Visit - www.transporthotel.com.au
Days: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday