Occupying an entire block between Flinders Street and the Yarra River, Federation Square (or “Fed Square”, as it’s generally known), is considered the “heart” of Melbourne’s CBD. Created in 2002 to provide Melbourne with a single, central unifying focus, it was initially met with some resistance by Melburnians. Now, however, its bars and cafés are a popular after-work meeting spot, while the Plaza at its core is where crowds gather to check out live music, short art films and major sports events on a huge video screen.

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