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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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Address: 16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
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+61 3 6233 6656
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09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts sits in...

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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Hobart Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour
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USD 80.49*
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Mt Wellington Tour and MONA Admission
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Hobart City Sightseeing Tour Including MONA Admission

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Well worth a visit and highly recommend paying to watch one of their interactive plays, we watched" Her story "about a young convict named mary , very informative

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit and highly recommend paying to watch one of their interactive plays, we watched" Her story "about a young convict named mary , very informative

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The first thing i will say is DO A TOUR. There is not a lot of the original buildings left so to really get an understanding of what life was like in this female prison you will need someone to explain what is known about the place. I would also encourage people to try and time their visits around the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A tour about where the convict women were kept and how they were treated! A good souvenir shop and delicious fudge with many flavours!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were incredibly moved by this tour and sent friends the following day. They did not have the same experience. Although their tour was "ok," they did not have John as the guide. This is a bit off the beaten bath. You can combine it with a visit to Cascade Brewery just up the hill. You may need a drink... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting to learn about the history of this site, but what brings it alive is the daily re-enactment of "Her Story" performed by two actors, with visitors taking part. Very moving and a must.

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Female Factory was an Awesome experience into the way the women convicts lived in prison under very hard conditions. From the onset we were told; "You will not speak in this yard,unless you are SPOKEN to". It was enough to set the scene for what was to follow- The historical story of 'Mary Jane' and the hardships she endured.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was another highly interesting insight into the convict history of Australia, the female corollary to the men's prison at Port Arthur, which we also visited. If you do decide to go, plan 2+ hours. It is absolutely necessary to attend the living history play and take a tour. There isn't much left of the original sight, and if you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of our City Tram Tour we visited the Female Factory,its mainly all gone now but they have managed to retain 5 yards which have plaques on the walls giving some insight into the crimes committed and ages and appearance of the prisoners. They have an lookout which contains the Blue Prints showing were everything was located which is... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the highlights of my trip to Hobart. Fascinating history brought to life by our guide Ester. Thought about it for days afterwards.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After being recommended this site to visit we decided why not! So glad that we did take the time to walk around and see and read the stories of the poor women who existed in this place. We took the self tour but would recommend the one given by the enthusiastic volunteer tour guides as we came in earshot of... More 

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