Here are some photos to show you around a bit.
From Swanston Street at the southern end of Flinders Street Station. Although not recently, we have been a few times to the aptly named Transport Bar, a good place to sit and people watch and tram watch too, if you are so inclined. Upstairs is fine dining, I believe. I wouldn't know.
To the right of the photo above is Federation Walk, at this point elevated significantly above the Yarra River. Stairs and and a lift lead down to Federation Wharf, and Riverland Cafe and Bar, a very nice spot when the weather is fine.
Still on the riverside I am about to walk up some steps.
Once up, here is the large open expanse with its stage for performances and the large tv screen above the stage.
Looking to the south east corner.
Towards the corner of Flinders and Swasnton Streets. While I have seen the area full of people many times, only once have I been in a crowd there and the occasion was for an Indian holy festival. We were surrounded by young Indian men.
You may notice the word acmi, Australian Centre for the Moving Image. It is a terrific part of Fed Square with films and permanent as well as temporary exhibitions.
The colours are beautiful.
Deck chairs and bean bags are brought out for appropriate seasons. Another criticism I have is a lack of shade so how about some deciduous trees.
R and I lunched with some friends who were blogmates at the cafe to the right, Ann O'Dyne, Copperwitch and Pants. Below the steps nearer to the Visitor Centre is where buskers gather the audience and perform. The Visitor Centre is mostly underground and is very very good, staffed mostly by volunteers I think.
Bit quiet up here on a cold weekday, but we have at times been unable to get a seat at any of the many cafes and restaurants.
The building are on the other side of the river at Southbank.
I did step inside and take a photo but it is too blurry. Alfred Deakin was Australia's second Prime Minister and a strong activist for the Australian states to be joined into a federation, which it now is.
Maybe this is what people dislike about Fed Square. In the short distance is.....
a performance space. It is often named after an advertising sponsor and so its name changes.
Left over poppies from Anzac Day.
A shop full of beautiful and expensive things. Remember it Copperwitch? Remember when you turned around and that really expensive vase fell down and broke? Ah, well, delicately, we received a bill. $250, I'm afraid. A cheque will be ok.
Even more Anzac Day poppies.
I stepped outside to the eastern side of Federation Square. The northern City Loop tunnel disappears into the ground. From my childhood I remember roofing over the railway yards being talked about by politicians and media. As you can see, it can take long time for some things to happen.
Near to the eastern side is a community? vegetable garden.
Are we sick of poppies yet?
Bats flying about. Well pretend ones.
Meccano gone wrong? I once had a small Meccano set. Being an atypical gay child, I was more interested in keeping in neat and tidy in its box than the chaotic constructions made by my brother.
Driving you batty.
Looking back to the northern side from across Flinders Street. So what do think? Thumbs up or down? A bit weird yes, but does it work?