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Fed Square

Architect: Bates Smart & LAB Architecture 2002

City of Melbourne | C49

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Building Description

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fed Square has reduced the number of tours available and has cancelled Sunday tours. If you have any questions about this, please contact Fed Square

Beneath Fed Square, a vast network of criss-crossing tunnels and trenches serve an equally vast variety of functions. This is the venue for our Underground Pop-Up Experience, part of our fabulous Anything But Square Festival celebrating Melbourne’ arts culture and the unique features of iconic and loved space! An environmentally-friendly, automatic heating and cooling system sits below Fed Square’s Atrium, pumping air fresh off the surface of the Yarra into and out of the space according to temperature. Elsewhere, springy buffers absorb the shockwaves of trains passing beneath the square. You can’t feel it at all topside, but beneath the earth the rumble of passing trains is earth-shaking and incredible to experience. There’s a whole ecosystem of abandoned building projects, arcane and obscure plans, half-stocked restaurants that never were and more just dying to be discovered beneath Fed Square! Ticket sales to the Underground Pop-Up Experience won’t be open to the public until after Open House Melbourne – so now’s your chance to be the first-ever to experience this extraordinary exhibition.

What's On

Visit Melbourne’s newest and ultimate underground laneway during the Anything but Square Festival.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 July 10.00am–2pm

  • Tour Type: Bookings Required, $5

  • Tour Details: Saturday tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, running 90 minutes for 12 people, to meet under the Digital Façade (the big screen).  

  • Access: Limited mobility, 8 years and above

  • Notes: Toilets available, covered shoes

  • Building Type: Workplace

  • Architecture Era: Late Twentieth Century (1961-2000)

  • Transport: Tram stop 13: Federation Square on routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72

  • Website:,

  • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Federation Square


Cnr Swanston Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne 3072, Melbourne VIC


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