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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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

It is a very sad place but an important part of Tasmanian (and Australian) history. Well worth a visit and make sure you look closely at the artifacts in the Matrons Cottage

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Karen70P
Reviewed yesterday

Sadly, all that remains structurally of the site is the Matron's House with the orientation of the original yards and buildings traced out by low rock walls. It would be brilliant if some big grant could be mede to erect just one replica building (as...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gary E
Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed our visit. We didn't do a tour, just self-guided using the pamphlet. It is interesting and educational. Ideally there would be more frequent tours.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank emdw
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were considering ditching this from our itinerary but I'm so glad we didn't. It was shockingly informative and gave us a great insight into the experience of the women sent to Hobart as convicts. We purchased the package including both the heritage tour and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ByresBlack
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed views looking up to Mt WELLINGTON imagining how cold and gloomy it must have been for the convict women, There is only one intact building to navigate and the rest is up to interpretation with help from the stories. Loved the idea of 22,000...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jackirmic
Reviewed 5 days ago

As the only site that tells the story of female convicts this site is a must. It is well done, not just the site but also the tours. The history is dark but the tour guide explained it in a way that the adults understood...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank InTransitAustralia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unfortunately, we just ran out of time, but plan to return. This is a significant site and needs closer viewing. With some imagination, you can reflect on the hardships experienced here. Interpretive signs explain things further.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank internetken
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a moving way to start my time in Tasmania. The tour guide, Catherine, was so well informed and told stories with compassion. I was moved to tears on multiple occasions. A really important part of history.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank anniep686
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So, my husband and I were only going to spend 1.5 hours but we ended up spending twice that.. If you are into history and into stories then 'tis the place for ye! We took the tour and then we stayed for "her story" a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MoWhitley
Reviewed 1 week ago

This female prison which only has the outside walls standing, apart from the Matrons house, and has been cleverly divided at ground level by paths marking out where the various areas of the prison would have been, with their names carved in Stone. We took...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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