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Melbourne’s Famous Federation Square

By Thearchdrive on 15 February, 2023
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Melbourne’s heart is captured year after year by a plethora of events, an array of food and drink options, and top-notch art galleries and exhibitions.

As a gathering place in Melbourne, Federation Square is globally renowned for its iconic status, offering visitors an immersive encounter with the city’s rich heritage and unique cultural experiences through its architectural design.

Why is Federation Square famous?

Fed Square’s Charter specifies its position as a hub for creative and innovative pursuits, cultural festivals, scenic gardens, and river access, serving as a nucleus for contemporary cultural and civic endeavors within Melbourne.


Fed Square offers a fantastic outdoor area for socializing with loved ones, along with hosting a variety of global festivals. Positioned directly across from Flinders Street Station, there are restrooms available at Federation Square, with the most convenient being located adjacent to the 7-11.

What is inside Federation Square?

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Inside the Atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne.

This photo was taken the day following Anzac Day and showcases a few poppy displays on the left side of the frame. Additionally, there is a sizable window display to the right which is not visible in this particular shot.

Numerous bats are suspended from the ceiling, although it is unclear what symbolic meaning this holds.

One of David’s photographs captured the interior of this section of Fed Square, highlighting the stunning roof and window structure that features an array of changing colors. The best time to visit is early morning when the only other individuals present are the cleaners and the cafe staff. In fact, while taking this particular shot, the cafe worker was setting up tables.

Why is it a great place?

Fed Square is an excellent destination for a leisurely stroll and enjoying the pleasant weather. The setup is delightful, with loungers placed around the vicinity to provide visitors with a relaxing atmosphere amidst beautiful surroundings. However, it may be beneficial to add additional chairs for the convenience of guests. It’s a lovely place to bring children to run around or take a peaceful stroll along the Yarra River.

The Architecture of Federation Square

Federation Square in Melbourne is an interesting mix of old and new architecture. Modern metallic-clad structures create angular shapes in contrast with intricate historical designs. Labyrinthine laneways connect the major landmarks within the square and lead to popular areas like Flinders Street and the Yarra River. The Atrium provides a public space that spans five stories high. Additionally, there is the Labyrinth, a unique passive cooling system that comprises 1.2km of honeycombed walls, which keeps the inside temperature 12C cooler than the outside in summer and 12C warmer in winter.

How do I get to the Fed Square?

The Edge can be found situated in the heart of the Fed Square complex, close to the entrance of the Ian Potter Gallery. To access it conveniently, enter Fed Square through the Atrium entrance on Flinders Street.

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Fed Square is encompassed within Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone, which extends from the renowned Queen Victoria Market to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, spanning up to Spring Street and across Flinders Street Station and Fed Square.

You can ride trams for free within the boundaries of Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone, which includes Fed Square, Flinders Street Station, Spring Street, Victoria Harbour in Docklands, and the Queen Victoria Market. However, if your trip starts or ends outside of the zone, you will need to touch on your myki card to ensure you have a valid ticket. The Free Tram Zone is indicated by signs at the tram stops.

Fed Square is open 24/7 and there is no admission fee. However, the hours of operation for its various establishments, such as galleries, shops, bars, and cafes, may vary.

If you need to park your car in the Melbourne CBD, the Fed Square Car Park is a convenient option. It is located on the Russell Street Extension with a second entrance on Batman Ave, providing easy access to Fed Square, the MCG and other sporting precincts, South Bank, and shopping districts. The car park is secure and safe.

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