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Federation Square

Architect: Lab Architecture Studio, Bates Smart

City of Melbourne | C04

As part of Open House Melbourne, Federation Square will once again open the doors and offer visitors an intimate Behind-the-Square tour of ‘Fed Square’, unearthing hidden locations not normally accessible to the public. The tour will provide unprecedented viewing of Fed Square’s hidden corridors and engineering miracles including the subterranean maze of concrete tunnels known as the Labyrinth. The tour will not only explore the history and construction of the site but will provide an inside look at its state-of-the-art design and use of green technologies. This tour aims to share the secrets of what goes on behind the famous Square and will include access to the North and Central Trench, Loading Dock and Central Plant room as well as the Famous Deakin Edge. 

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-12:30pm & Thursday 1 January 2pm-4:30pm - Booking required for this building

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Northern Trench, Atrium, Labyrinth, Alfred Deakin Roof, Southern Trench

  • Special Note: Covered shoes is preferable for accessing Fed Square’s back of house areas

  • Tour Type: C04

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at Saturday 28th: 10am, 11.30am. Sunday 29th: 2pm, 3.30pm, running for 60minutes, in groups of 10.

  • Access: Able boddied access only

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: 1998

  • Website:,

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

  • Photo Credit: John Gollings


Cnr Swanston St and Flinders St, Melbourne 3072, VIC


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