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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
+61 3 6233 6656
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Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts sits in the shadow of Mount Wellington, a short distance from the Hobart CBD.Women were incarcerated here as punishment or while waiting to be assigned. With guards, nurses and babies, up to 1000 people lived here at any one time. Discover the stories of female convicts and their children on a guided tour that operate regularly throughout the day.Experience 'Her Story' - a moving and emotional 45 minute dramatised guided walking tour.
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  • Poor3%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
+61 3 6233 6656
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately the great majority of the "factory" buildings no longer exist, only the matrices house remaining. There were rebuilt stumps were building walls had once been. Matrons house had a fair few interesting artefacts, including a list of inmates and children born, plus where they...More

Thank MadDocNI
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lots of interesting history and monuments present. Would recommend doing a formal tour to get the full history and more information, many buildings and nature to see around it also

Thank Annette G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It does an injustice to the site to just enter with a $5 entry. To experience "Her Story" brought the site to life and made it a very emotional experience. I believe everyone needs to see this site too not just Port Arthur. It has...More

Thank sallyann64
Reviewed 4 days ago

There's not a lot to explore alone at this site, so it's well worth paying a little extra to take the guided tour, which gives insights into the penal system and how it functioned for female prisoners. There is only street parking at the site,...More

Thank Mandy T
Reviewed 1 week ago

About all that remains is the outside walls. It won't take more than 30 minutes and you will have seen it.More

Thank JOHN G
PortArthurSite, Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear JOHN G Thanks you for your review after your recent visit. Since the Cascades Female Factory was in operation in the 1800s, significant deterioration and removal of materials has occurred over time. As one of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property, the attraction...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

we found the Cascades female factory a sobering place to visit, but a must, as it reminds us of times past - would highly recommend

Thank 60stravellers2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful portrayed piece of our history to be educated on. The history tour was fascinating & very informative but the “Her Story” was our favourite with the interactive acting...a very emotional re enactment on a female convicts life spent at the prison...do yourself...More

Thank gemini61
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was great to see women and all human beings are not treated like this in prison anymore but also good to see that some of them went on and had good lives and helped in building Australia to be the better place it is...More

Thank Kaye M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very interesting place, we had the guided tour which I recommend, Anton was very informative and gave a good account of what happened there.

Thank Annmaree G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a contrast to Port Arthur, seeing the prison system from the point of view of the women who were transported. Unfortunately not much physical remains are left but enough to give a good idea of what the place was like. We had a...More

Thank John A
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Lea M
2 February 2017|
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Response from PortArthurSite | Property representative |
Hi Lea M, Thanks for your ticketing question. Our Cascade Female Factory Historic Site, located in Hobart has tickets available on arrival to the site itself. Direct site contact details: 1800 139 478 Thanks, we look... More