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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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16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
+61 3 6233 6656
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Reviewed yesterday

When I visited, I was unaware as most people are of the female convict past, I found joining both the dramatised tour and a normal tour really beneficial as they provided a great overview of what life as a female convict was like and also...More

Thank EW12345678
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I was very disappointed by the lack of information on this site! I would have expected some stories about the women who stayed in the prison, but you basically walk around in an empty yard. You’re handed a folder, but it doesn’t make up for...More

Thank S-Kastrup
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited this site on 14 Jan, 2018. We paid $5 each for entry & did our own self-guided tour with the provided brochure. We both loved it & spent almost 2 hours wandering & reading all about the factory. We found ample information in...More

Thank S K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We arrived at opening time. Wandered around and had a look on our own and then joined our guide. She was a wealth of information and brought the convict story and the factory’s story to life. We had a wonderful time.

Thank Deb M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I visited Cascades female factory on a visit to Tasmania. It was a complete shock what the female convicts had to endure. The beatings, the cold, barely enough food, the hard work to just survive. We paid to see 'Her story', a re-enactment of their...More

Thank Flang
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There isn’t much to see at the factory so the guided tours are a must. The tour we did was fantastic, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us stories of the female convicts and their time in Hobart. The tour took about 45...More

Thank kristy130
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The female convict settlers receive little publicity but this makes great strides to rectify the imbalance. Take the guided tour and follow it with the dramatised tour - both were excellent and the ‘play’ is beautifully done by ‘Live History ‘. The whole takes two...More

Thank Philparke101
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made the trip from central Hobart with 50 minutes to closing As we arrived, The man at the counter was busy chatting with his 2 colleagues and barely stopped to take our $5 each. There are no audio visuals or much written material so...More

Thank Diana E
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Diana E, Thank you for the review after your recent visit to the female factory and we appreciate your feedback. We are sorry to hear about the service you received and please note this is not our usual standard. Diana E, the Cascades Female...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

2nd time to female factory and found it just as interesting. Didn't have a tour this time but is well worth the money, far more informative.More

Thank nswfam
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear nswfam, Thank you for stopping by at the female factory during your time in Hobart, we are pleased you enjoyed the time you had and thanks for the recommendation of the tours. We hope you had the time to speak with our guides who...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

8 years ago when we visited this site, there was nothing there except a grassy paddock, and lots of history. This visit, the site has been transformed. There is still "almost nothing" there, which the staff freely admit, but the guided tour is excellent, and...More

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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