Rising up from St Kilda Road in a gentle incline, the Plaza at Federation Square narrows into a horseshoe-shape where it’s hemmed in by buildings including the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, one of the country’s most interesting art museums, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. There are also numerous cafés and restaurants, usually buzzing with activity. Of the sights around Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, St Paul’s Cathedral and the National Trust-listed painting Chloe are worthwhile diversions.

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