Federation Square

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Federation Square showing street scenes, modern architecture and a city

The beating heart of Melbourne is a great place to eat, drink, sightsee or just watch the world go by.

”Fed Square”, as it’s known locally, is a magnet for Melbourne society. There’s always something happening in the city’s main public plaza, from early morning tai chi classes to international sports events on the big screen.

First-time visitors should head straight for the Melbourne Visitor Centre, where you can join a free guided tour or pick up a map to explore the area at your own pace. Here you can also find out about forthcoming events and activities and get information about public artworks and other attractions.

One of the most striking features of Fed Square is its uncompromisingly modern architecture, which contrasts sharply with the surrounding Victorian-era buildings. Take time to explore the striking glass-and-steel Atrium, home to the National Gallery of Victoria’s pioneering Ian Potter Centre, the first major gallery in the world dedicated exclusively to Australian art. The Deakin Edge theatre offers stunning views across the Yarra River, as well as a programme of musical and theatrical performances, while the Zinc on the riverfront is a dramatic setting for special events, banquets and exhibitions. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, meanwhile, shows popular and arthouse films, and showcases the latest in gaming technology.

During major sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup and the Australian Football League final, Fed Square is packed with sports fans catching the action on giant open-air screens. At other times, people flock to the many cafes and bars to eat, drink and catch up with the rest of the world from the biggest free Wi-Fi site in Melbourne.

Fed Square is on the corner of Swanson and Flinders streets, flanked by Flinders Street Station and the Yarra River. Public transport by tram, bus or boat is plentiful, and there are pay car parks as well as secure bike racks and rentals nearby.

3504 Cheap Hotels Near Federation Square

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$121 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Collins Street, Melbourne Central and Princess Theatre. Forum Theatre ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,882 reviews)
"Clean neat and tidy . Staff were pleasant"

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
W Melbourne
W Melbourne
5 out of 5
408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$359 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of SEA LIFE Melbourne, Federation Square and Melbourne Convention ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (37 reviews)
"The hotel was amazing"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2021

W Melbourne
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$159 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Hardware Lane and Queen Victoria Market. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (3,272 reviews)
"Great location."

Reviewed on 2 Sep. 2021

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments
Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
707/534 Flinders st, (Enter via 7 Katherine Pl), Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$85 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
3.5 out of 5
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$121 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
The Victoria Hotel Melbourne
W Melbourne
W Melbourne
5 out of 5
408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$359 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
W Melbourne
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$159 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Melbourne
5 out of 5
One Southgate Avenue, Southbank, VIC
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Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
5 out of 5
123 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$309 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
5 out of 5
27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$285 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
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Punthill Flinders Lane
Punthill Flinders Lane
4 out of 5
267 Flinders Lane, between Elizabeth and Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$93 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Punthill Flinders Lane
Park Hyatt Melbourne
Park Hyatt Melbourne
5 out of 5
1 Parliament Square, East Melbourne, VIC
The price is AU$315 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
Park Hyatt Melbourne
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.