Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Yarra precinct

You can row it, run and ride along it, picnic by it, photograph it, or simply situate yourself in parks, gardens, eateries, bars and arts spaces that afford amazing views of the Yarra River.

The city square
Get started within the striking design of Federation Square. More than just a public space, it's the city's creative hub, boasting Australian art par excellence at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and homages to film and TV at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Get all the information you need at the Melbourne Visitor Centre then recharge at one of the many eateries and bars peppering the square.

Riverside inspiration
Get arty at NGV International and the Arts Centre, and go further afield into the Arts Precinct for theatre and musical performances.

Northern lights
Hit the north bank of the Yarra River and check out Aboriginal rock carvings in Birrarung Marr. Stop for a beer at Riverland, and you may not go any further.

Riverside dining
Dine al fresco under city lights at Southbank, enjoying river views from the cafes and restaurants lined up from the Southgate complex down to Crown Casino. Venture out onto the river for a nightcap at Ponyfish Island, under the Yarra Pedestrian Footbridge (connecting Southbank to Flinders Street station). 

Getting there
By tram: Any tram along Swanston Street and St Kilda Road to stops at Federation Square; the free City Circle Tram to the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets..

Free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle: Stop 1. The complete trip includes 13 stops and takes approximately an hour and a half. The bus runs every 30 minutes between 9.30am and 4.30pm daily (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day) and includes an on-board commentary.

By train: To Flinders Street Station.

By foot: From Federation Square, over Princes Bridge to Southbank and St Kilda Road (5-15 minutes).

Along the river: For a different perspective, jump on board a scenic cruise, water taxi or gondola outside the Southgate complex for a cruise along the Yarra River.

Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Birrarung Marr

Listen to the ringing of the eye-catching Federation Bells and browse the open-air collection of artworks to discover Melbourne's indigenous culture.

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The Arts Centre at Night

Arts Centre Melbourne

See local and international performances and exhibitions at Melbourne's home of performing arts. Take a tour and browse the Sunday arts and craft market.

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Melbourne Visitor Centre

2 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9658 9658

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Federation Square

In the tradition of the world's busiest public spaces, "Fed Square" buzzes with a daily program of events, restaurants and cafes and bold galleries.

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Looking towards the city of Melbourne through the mesh wall of the building

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

See superb collections of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art on permanent display as well as special exhibitions at The Ian Potter Centre.

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ACMI

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Venture into Fed Square and explore the world of film, television and digital media with year-round exhibitions, rare screenings and cultural events.

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