Federation Square

It is hard to imagine Melbourne today without its Federation Square, or 'Fed Square' as the locals call it. Yet the city's main plaza was only opened in 2002 but it has since become one of Melbourne's most significant icons.

The futuristic square is paved with 7500 square metres of coloured Kimberley sandstone. The large buildings that enclose the square are covered in a shiny façade made of coloured triangular-shaped panels and windows. There's a selection of bars, cafés, cocktail lounges and restaurants on and around Fed Square.

Many big sporting events, such as AFL games, the Australian Open Finals and Australia's games in the Soccer World Cup, are broadcasted on the massive screen in the centre of the square.

The buildings surrounding Fed Square host some of Melbourne's most renowned museums:

The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery Victoria (NGV) Australia is home to the world's largest collection of Australian art. Stretching across three storeys, the collection includes both traditional and contemporary indigenous arts, as well as work from colonial and modern Australian artists. Volunteers run free guided tours several times a day, which give a great overview of the collection.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Admission:  free

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is dedicated to the moving image: movies, television, video games and digital media. Throughout the year it hosts Australian and international exhibitions, films, festivals, live events, and creative workshops. Check the website for current events and exhibitions.

Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm
Admission: free, except for special exhibitions and events