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Federation Square

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.


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Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel SG$96
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, steps away from Collins Street, Yarra Riverfront and Flinders Lane. SEA LIFE Melbourne and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 9 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 11 minutes.

    Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel SG$90
    Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel

    Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel

       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, SEA LIFE Melbourne and Yarra Riverfront. Flinders Lane and Hardware Lane are also within 10 minutes. Flagstaff Station is 9 minutes by foot and Spencer Street Station is 7 minutes.

      Oaks Melbourne on William Suites SG$99
      Oaks Melbourne on William Suites

      Oaks Melbourne on William Suites

         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Hardware Lane and Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne Central and Emporium Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 2-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

        Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne SG$74
        Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

        Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Market. Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 3 mi (5 km). Flagstaff Station is 6 minutes by foot and Spencer Street Station is 7 minutes.

          WRAP on Southbank SG$124
          WRAP on Southbank

          WRAP on Southbank

          133 -139 City Road, Southbank, VIC
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Southbank Promenade and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Federation Square are also within 15 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 11 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 20 minutes.

            Pegasus Apart'Hotel
            Pegasus Apart'Hotel

            Pegasus Apart'Hotel

               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Central. Emporium Melbourne and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 3-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

              Sheraton Melbourne Hotel SG$231
              Sheraton Melbourne Hotel

              Sheraton Melbourne Hotel

              27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Parliament House of Victoria and Princess Theatre. Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 1 mi (2 km). Parliament Station is only a 2-minute walk and Jolimont Station is 15 minutes.

                Avani Melbourne Central Residences SG$143
                Avani Melbourne Central Residences

                Avani Melbourne Central Residences

                60 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Melbourne Central and State Library of Victoria. Queen Victoria Market and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Melbourne Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Flagstaff Station is 8 minutes.