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The huge, yellow-and-brown Flinders Street station, the city’s main suburban railway station, is faced by ultramodern Federation Square (or “Fed Square”, as it’s generally known), which was created in 2002 to provide Melbourne with a single, central unifying focus. Occupying an entire block between Flinders Street and the Yarra River, 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. Rising up from St Kilda Road in a gentle incline, the Plaza narrows into a horseshoe-shape where it is 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. The Melbourne Visitor Centre is located at the northwestern end of the Plaza, directly across from Flinders Street station.

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