"Quirky Federation Square & Tourist Info" Federation Square Tip by xuessium

Federation Square, Melbourne: 49 reviews and 94 photos

by xuessium

Easily the LANDMARK for Melbourne with its quirky irrelevant design, Federation Square or Fed Square, as its name suggests, was meant to open to celebrate the centenary of Australian Federation on 1 Jan 01. (Due to delays, it actually opened on 26 Oct 02)

It comprises a series of buildings containing a public broadcaster (SBS), art galleries (The Ian Potter Centre is here), a museum, cinemas, exhibition spaces, auditoria, restaurants, bars and shops around two major public spaces, one covered (The Atrium), the other open to the sky, and composed of two spaces that flow into one another (St. Paul's Court and The Square). The majority of the precinct is built on top of a concrete deck over busy railway lines. Received negatively initially, it quickly won over the hearts of the Melbournians.

I wouldn't even try to explain the architectural bits....it's still looks a little disjointed to my untrained eyes though I applaud its quirkiness with its weird bends, angles and lines. It's a happening place as bands play to music to folks having a drink in the bars and restaurants and soaking in the electric atmosphere.

Tourists will make your way here too. Why? The Tourist Info Centre is here. Grin. Get your first orientation of the city, right here; right now.

Address: Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Directions: Federation Square occupies an area bounded by Swanston, Flinders, and Russell Streets and the Yarra River. It is directly opposite Flinders Street Station and St Paul's Cathedral.
Phone: +61 3 9655 1900
Website: http://www.federationsquare.com.au/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 19, 2008
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