Federation Square is Melbourne's meeting place. It is a unique cultural precinct which brings together a creative mix of attractions, museums and galleries, along with many restaurants, cafes and bars.
Federation Square is also Melbourne’s events centre, with more than 2000 events held annually, including multicultural festivals, markets, film screenings and sporting events. It can hold up to 10,000 people at a time.
Comprising an entire city block and paved in sandstone cobbles from Western Australia’s Kimberley region, Federation Square rises slightly above street level offering spectacular views of the City of Melbourne, Southbank and the Yarra River.
Make the Visitor Information Centre your first stop to plan and make the most of your visit. One-hour guided walking tours are available each morning from Monday to Saturday.
Wander around the square and marvel at The Atrium, a remarkable galleria-like structure made of glass, steel and zinc which hosts many special art exhibitions. The Edge is an indoor amphitheatre and the venue for a range of live performances from theatre to talks. 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.
Federation Square is also home to the Ian Potter Centre, part of the National Gallery of Victoria; the Australian Centre for the Moving Image; and the National Design Centre.
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.
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is the world's first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian 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.
The National Design Centre showcases Australian design and features an annual program of temporary and permanent local and international design exhibitions.
To the east of Federation Square is Birrarung Marr, a riverside park which is popular with locals for exercising and relaxing. Birrarung means ‘river of mists’ in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners of the area. Marr means ‘side of the river’.
ArtPlay is a specially designed centre where children and families can create their own artworks alongside professional artists and play in an exciting outdoor space.
Federation Wharf links Federation Square with Melbourne's picturesque Yarra River via a series of historic ‘vaults’ that date back to the 1890s. You can also discover Melbourne from the Yarra River on one of the city river cruises or hire a bicycle and explore the city’s beautiful parks and gardens.
Federation Square is located on the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Street in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, opposite Flinders Street Station and St Paul's Cathedral. Federation Square is within walking distance of major Melbourne attractions including the National Gallery of Victoria, Royal Botanical Gardens, Crown Casino, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Eureka Tower.