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Why locals love it

Federation Square- an eyesore, or the heart of Melbourne’s cultural scene? This debate has divided Melbourne’s locals since Federation square was opened in 2002. ‘Fed’ Square is a paradox- Melbourne’s 2nd most popular tourist attraction with 9 million visitors in 2011, and a complex often voted one of the world’s ugliest buildings or attractions.

Why you should visit it

Whatever you think of it, Fed Square always has something going on, and it’s a hub and meeting place for both tourists and locals alike. The Square contains permanent fixtures including the fantastic Melbourne Visitor Information Centre, the BMW Edge Amphitheatre, the Ian Potter Centre and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Special tip

If you're on a budget, steer clear of the bars & cafes in Fed Square. However check out their website for loads of free activities including tai chi!

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3 Comments

This place really divides Melburnians-some hate it, some love it. It's one of our iconic destinations now so I think it's worth a look. Sometimes there are local free events there or a big screen set up for sporting events like the Australian open. The restaurants there are so-so. One of the NGVs is there and the Yarra river cruises depart from nearby
An Inactive User
Local
May 30, 2021
Worth a look- they have big screens showing the big sporting events which can be fun. Otherwise, the restaurants there are all very average tourist traps. Good beers at Beer Deuxe (avoid the rest)
Amber
Local
June 25, 2018
Metting place and live activites in ther Center of CBD
Alexandros
Local
September 16, 2016

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