Tours and Tickets
Cascades Female Factory Site Entry
4.5

Cascades Female Factory Site Entry

By Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
About
The Cascades Female Factory is a World Heritage-listed historic site situated in the country of the Muwinina people in lutruwita / Tasmania. This site reflects on the story of the displacement, mistreatment and forced migration of convict women and girls, and their contribution to the history of Australia from colonisation to the present day. Interwoven are the First Nation’s stories of Palawa, a culture that is over 40,000 years old and which was so gravely impacted by British colonisation.
from
AU$25.00
per adult
Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 0-120
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Audio guide: English
More


  • Access to the World Heritage Site and gallery
  • self-guided audio experience
  • Entry/Admission - Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
What's not included
  • Convict Women's History Tour
  • Proud and the Punished performance


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Pushchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5774P6

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Which attractions will I visit with Cascades Female Factory Site Entry?
How much is Cascades Female Factory Site Entry?
Cascades Female Factory Site Entry price starts from AU$24.80. Discover and book Cascades Female Factory Site Entry on Tripadvisor
What is the Cascades Female Factory Site Entry cancellation policy?
Cascades Female Factory Site Entry cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Cascades Female Factory Site Entry on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Cascades Female Factory Site Entry?
Cascades Female Factory Site Entry is hosted by Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Cascades Female Factory Historic Site on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Cascades Female Factory Site Entry on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5774P6

Reserve your spot
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Similar experiences

About the operator
Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
  • Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
    2,047
    Australia
    Joined in March 2010
  • Crocodillus
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical practices resonate regrettably into current practices around the world
    On a stunningly beautiful autumn day in Hobart I visited an extraordinary historic precinct that, in the past, I had walked by not wanting to be pulled down emotionally by the memories of appalling circumstances inside. I knew this site had been the unwanted residence of thousands of female convicts that the British government had despatched from the United Kingdom in the early 19th century. Typically these women were given 7 year or life sentences in the fledgling Van Diemens Land (later renamed Tasmania and now often referred to by its first nation’s people’s name of lutruwita) for crimes such as the theft of a handkerchief or a loaf of bread. They endured 6 months at sea on poxy ships before being offloaded like cattle on the wharves of Hobart Town and sent to one of, what were then known as, the female prisons, later referred to as Female Factories. The Hobart based Female Factory is a place of global significance and listed as one of the 11 sites that together form the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property - as such it attracts a strong visitor attendance. The guided tour illuminated facts and practices - the guide was exceptional. Her information content and method of delivery were impressive - and entertaining. It has taken me years to get there but it was worth every minute.
    Written 15 May 2024
  • Laurafelicity
    0 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much left to the imagination if you stretch it.
    I’ll preempt this review with my total acknowledgment that convict life was harsh and largely targeted the poor. . This place presented that with an awkward left of field feminist view. Odd that the male tour guide carried the skewed viewpoint that women in our modern time face the same oppression than those of convict days. One comment disturbed me “women in these (convict) days, like today were intelligent (totally correct) and used the system to their advantage”. Not so sure this is applicable now. . The Strumpets tour was the droning narrative of a man throwing his opinions in for almost an hour standing in large open spaces in the sun. . Concept was good. Poorly executed.
    Written 15 January 2024
  • T8859AFmarkh
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredibly moving experience.
    I do not know what to say. We did a 1 hour guided tour - Mark was our guide and we had a group of around 20 people. The tour and his commentary was exceedingly moving. How they have marked on the ground with pavers and gravel the rooms etc. is haunting. Incredibly moving is the wall with the names of mothers who gave birth, names and ages of the children many of whom died very young. I can't say more than this was incredibly moving and well worth it.
    Written 4 January 2024
  • bridgetm252
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit - an important part of the Tasmanian story
    This is a 4* location with a 5* experience. There is not a lot physically left of the factory which is a bit disappointing but the work that has been down to create an experience that tells the story is amazing. I listened to the audio guide all the way through … twice! The whole site highlights the lesser known history of women (including some acknowledgement of indigenous women) and is a real feminist celebration. Awesome staff and a pretty cool gift shop
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Howard A
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The history of the abuse of women prisoners
    The history of how women were treated, criminalised and abused is horrific. The incompetence of how it was done in Hobart is horrendous. It is also something everyone should know. We paid for a guided tour, it was well worth the extra. Our guide was knowledgeable, passionate and interesting. He was able to bring the tragic events to life. If you can get through a tour of Cascades without shedding a tear you are cold indeed. I just wanted to fight the patriarchal system that allowed it to happen.
    Written 11 November 2023
  • 920chrisr
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History worth visiting
    We arrived at opening time and decided to do the guided tour with Miranda. She had so much passion and understanding of the history of the factory it certainly made our visit more memorable and gave us a greater understanding of what went on during the time the jail was operational. The stories and history of this place is heartbreaking. I’m glad we did the guided tour rather then the self guided tour
    Written 7 November 2023
  • joannemV5939PJ
    0 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing experience missed the mark totally
    We visited yesterday full of enthusiasm but when we arrived, quickly discovered that there is very little in the way of the tangible archeological experience to be found here. It’s a sterile monument to modern feminism, overlayed onto a poorly presented historical site. As someone with a history and archaeology background it was hugely disappointing when the site has the potential to illustrate perfectly the plight and experience of those transported and incarcerated within its walls. So much potential but sadly lacking.
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Daydream44832470856
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overpriced and Nothing to See
    Very overpriced for a very basic tour of empty yards. To be honest it was incredibly boring. Literally Nothing to See here! The photographs in the building were confusing as apparently they have nothing to do with the convict women. The whole experience felt like a ruse just to try and push us into the incredibly over priced gift shop on site. The one star is because this is on the way to the Cascades Brewery. Do yourself a favour and drive further up Cascades Road without stopping at the Female Factory and go straight to the interesting and beautiful Cascades Brewery.
    Written 18 October 2023
  • 853gaih
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Soooo Disappointed
    Having seen the play The Proud and the Punished I was really looking forward to returning and bringing my family to see the incredibly moving piece. When I had trouble booking on their ridiculously difficult online booking system I rang for assistance. I was soooo disappointed to hear that the play is no longer being performed. Seems to have stopped suddenly as my friend saw it earlier in the week. Without the play this place has very little to offer. Save your money and time go elsewhere. There is nothing of interest here.
    Written 13 October 2023
  • CWilliamsChester_UK
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    Firstly- staff were great (thank you!). Secondly- download the app (for audio guide) and take along your imagination. This is a historic site, so it's not intact anymore. If you use the audio guide, you'll get a fantastic experience. The place is well laid out and has just the right amount of information. So glad we paid a visit!
    Written 1 October 2023
  • WinsomeJ1
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history but not a lot to see.
    I am very interesred in history, however, there is not much here. The site itself is a walled structure, and all the original buildings are gone. The centre itself is modern and striking. Having said that, the guided tour was excellent - a feminist rendering of the experience of women in this place ($10 extra) . I didn't do the electronic guide. The small display had some things of interest. While I haven't given it a high rating, I think it is important for Australia's history and for research. I think you could possibly learn a great deal by looking up on the internet. It is very expensive for what you got.
    Written 28 September 2023
  • QuentinnR
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A sad part of Australian History
    A sad but real part of Australia’s convict history. Professional and modern museum. We paid the little extra for a guided tour which was excellent, albeit a little apologetic.
    Written 26 September 2023
  • gpjrm
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
    We spent a couple hours visiting the Cascade's Female Factory. The guided 45 minute tour provided amazing facts of the lives of female convicts who lived here. The One Woman Show was amazing and brought all these facts to life, as a talented lady sang and acted out many characters who lived at the female factory. While many of the facts are tragic of what happened to the female convicts here, the tours provide informative details about the convicts and their lives. Highly recommended.
    Written 18 September 2023
  • 570nickm
    0 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unfortunately not worth a visit
    Unfortunately this museum is really underwhelming, but not for the sake of trying. The entry fee is not low, $25 per person. On top of that you could add another $10 for a tour guide. There is nothing to see, apart from one cottage of the original prison. On the grounds are the markings of where various parts of the prison were, but they’re not completed in a way that lends itself to understanding the original prison. The inside gallery and information is good, but quite small. It took us a little under an hour to see everything we needed to see. The self guided audio tour isn’t really our thing. The staff were friendly.
    Written 18 May 2023
  • Jemeg
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting site
    Worth a visit. Most of the buildings are gone but the staff do a great job of bringing the place to life. Special mention to Molly.
    Written 16 April 2023
See all 2 reviews
These reviews are the subjective opinions of Tripadvisor members and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles50 reviews
Excellent
38
Very good
4
Average
2
Poor
1
Terrible
5

nuj nuj
Sydney, Australia11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Overall, a really disappointing experience.

First, I must give credit to the fantastic staff member who assisted us at the bookings desk. He was enthusiastic, attentive and informative. What remains (which hardly anything) of this world heritage site is well preserved.
We opted to do a 'self guided tour' at $25p.p but very kind staff offered us to guide us as we were a big family (parents, kids, grand parents and uncles and aunts -14 all up).

Once out in the yards, what I found most disappointing was the lack of any physical information; there are no placards, no interactive displays or anything. Matrons house building was closed.
The lack of remaining ruins wasn't the issue, it was the fact there was no real information present. It was walking in graveled grounds.

We spent a total of 15 minutes on site and left feeling ripped off and embarrassed.
Feeling we all left with - What a mistake! HUGE disappointment. I do not recommend. Don’t waste your time.
Written 26 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Aussie_2012
Melbourne, Australia897 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Sorry to say but this place failed in many ways. We went to the female factory in Ross, Port Arthur and Sarah Island in Strahan. At those places we were just given the facts of what life was like there, not a forced opinion that came across as a feminist point of view. At Ross it was also free but still we got a lot of information there. Here at the Cascades Female Factory you walk into 3 large virtually empty spaces and have to either go on a tour that you have to pay more money or have to do an audio tour that chews up battery life on your phone as well as listen again to a very feminist point of view. When we go to historical places, we like to read at our own pace, just get the simple facts and make our own opinion on how things were. And to pay $25 each was ridiculous. There was a small building with some information signage but the rest was large empty spaces with modern sculptures. Ripoff and from reading reviews of the place prior to it being turned into a feminist ranting place, this used to be a decent place to lear and visit.
Written 7 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David D
Tasmania, Australia35 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife wanted to see the bonnets having made one herself. Site entry for two is $50! To add insult to injury there are no bonnets on display, in fact no mention of them. When we complained to the staff they encouraged us to go on a 30 minute guided tour. For another $20! No thanks.

As others have said don't waste your time or money.
Written 12 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nick S
BEDFORD9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our final day in Hobart and we chose maybe the best for last. If you rely solely on the audio tour, you will miss a huge amount of history and context. The guided tour (we had Hugh take us round) and the one woman performance (we had Clarissa) really bring the history alive, though the content is sometimes tough to take. Each was just under an hour.
Written 10 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GurusW🍷🍤
Sydney, Australia25,469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
I am fully aware of a lot of the penal history of Australia including the situation the female convicts found themselves in. That being said this was a tour worth doing.

We did both the guided tour and later the one woman show with Carissa.

I cannot fault the staff with their help for my mum, their knowledge and their passion for what is part of our dark past.

If you can, it is worthwhile doing both tours as the first gives you the background while the second brings it all to life. There is no food onsite so be prepared or allow time to jump up to the brewery.

Many have mentioned the absence of structure, however if you use a little imagination while the tour is on you can easily put yourself in the picture. There are also images displayed by the guide.

If visiting with kids in Years 4-6 it also gives them an excellent insight into the History they will study at school

Spend the few extra $ do the tour and don't try to tack on for free.

Written 5 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Julia N
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Highly recommend a visit to this historic site and to take the guided tour. Our guide Marcelle was outstanding! She told interesting stories that really captured the experience for female convicts and the children in this prison. Its a sad history but one we need to know about. She wove stories of the indigenous women into the narrative in a appropriate way that recognised that important history too. Loved it!
Written 7 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

theolivers5
Lindfield, Australia67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Cassie gave us a wonderful tour. Here knowledge was extensive and she gave us some insight into how these women and children lived within these walls. I would highly recommend a tour! We have come away with an experience that has increased our appetite to learn more of what occurred then and how it intertwines with today.
Written 20 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Papiya
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Visitor Information Centre at Hobart recommended to visit this place with a tour otherwise would have missed the experience. It was a long but beautiful walk from there. There are different tour timings, my child was given a treasure hunt activity. The tour was with a passionate historian. Hearing the harsh brutal reality of female convicts can be a bit disturbing but recommend the tour.
Written 25 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

John F
Wembley, Australia462 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is not a comfortabe experience. The stories are very confronting. But its a history we should know about. There is little of the actual factory still there. Mostly its lines on the ground. I had one of their hand held audio guides. Unless i held my finger on the screen it kept zeroing back to the start - frustrating.
This was how our forebears treated womena dnchildren.
Written 6 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alisonne
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We did the guided tour and so glad we did as our guide (Marcel) was fabulous and so informative. I do recommend that you do this tour before Port Arthur as Port Arthur is on a much bigger scale with alot of ruins and buildings intact. You'll be disappointed if you expect the female factory will be the same. You have to use more of your imagination with the female factory while listening to the stories of their harrendous stories . I found this more interesting, maybe cause I grew up aware of Port Arthur but had never heard of this female "factory". If you are doing the Cascade Brewery, PLEASE also do this tour, it's enlightening.
Written 30 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 47

Cascades Female Factory Site Entry provided by Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

All Hobart HotelsHobart Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Hobart
All things to do in Hobart
Day Trips in Hobart
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars