Federation Square is the biggest building project to occur in Melbourne in decades – if not in actual size, then at least in terms of its public significance and architectural ambition. The central piazza is paved with 7500 square metres of coloured Kimberley sandstone. Surrounding it are bars, cafes, restaurants and shops, many of them with unique views over Flinders Street Station and the Yarra. Down by the river, Federation Wharf is home to Rentabike (see Getting around, p. 136) and a departure point for river cruises (see Walks and tours, p. 137). Fed Square’s must-visit attractions are the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (see below).
Admiring architecture and art in Federation Square
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