Federation Square

Square

in City Centre

Australia, Melbourne - September 2018 - People sitting on beanbags and chairs in front of main stage at Federation Square

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One of the city's newest public spaces and an urban focal point, Federation Sq is a place to meet, celebrate, protest, watch major sporting events or simply hang out on deckchairs. Occupying a prominent city block, 'Fed Square’ is far from square: its undulating and patterned forecourt is paved with 460,000 hand-laid cobblestones from the Kimberley region in WA, with sight lines to important landmarks. Its buildings are clad in a fractal-patterned reptilian skin. Check the website to see what's on.

Set within the square are cultural heavyweights the Ian Potter Centre, Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Koorie Heritage Trust, as well as restaurants and bars (though there are better eating and drinking options nearby). Free public events are staged here most days, particularly on weekends. Highly recommended free tours depart from the flagpoles Monday to Saturday at 11am, but spaces are limited to 15 people so arrive 15 minutes early.