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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
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+61 3 6233 6656
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was well worth the visit. It is especially worthwhile to pay the extra small amount of money to listen to 'her story' to fully appreciate what these women went through. Hobart has such a rich history and this is a great place to visit!

Thank Brodie R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There is nothing to see here. There is certainly history attached to the location and the story of the women imprisoned there but there's nothing really left to see. You'd get more info with a google search.More

Thank Jed2201
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Jed2201, Thanks for your review and we are sorry you felt the site did not live up to the standards you were expecting. As a site that had little remains the restoration work and interpretation has been significant. We encourage all to experience the...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Most of the building is not there anymore and there isn't enough info for the self-guided tour, which should really be free; not $5. Not worth the visit in my opinion unless you are a history buff.More

Thank sulabhsinghal
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear sulabhsinghal, We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review after your visit to the site. The Female Factory was in operation in the 1800’s and like many old sites there has not been a large amount of preservation. Four years ago a...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are interested in the history of Tasmania, this is a great place to visit on the Hop on Hop off bus tours. It's easy walk from the stop, through the neighbourhood. It's eerie and quiet at the site, but they've done a wonderful...More

Thank Iona W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth going up and seeing, definitely pay the extra for a guided tour as you need them to bring the place to life. Afterwards stop at Ginger Brown for coffee & foodMore

Thank soniabonia72
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for the great review soniabonia72! Our guides are honoured to share the tales of the female convicts and their children who spent time at the Female Factory and we are pleased you enjoyed the style of the tour. A lovely area to explore with...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Although this site was not easy to find on foot - poor signage from main road - we were pleased to have seen it and learn something of the history of the place and the unfortunate individuals incarcerated there. The remains of the area are...More

Thank Kaye W
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Kaye W, Thank you for your review and once you found the site we are glad you enjoyed your visit. Ways to access the site from Hobart include the Red Decker hop-on-hop-off bus, public transport as well as the Rivulet Walking trail which is...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We thought we may try a trip into the History by going up to the Female Factory Historic Site to find out about this part of our past and was very good insight into the past.More

Thank bjbjp62164
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your kind review after your recent visit bjbjp62164. It sounds like you had a very worthwhile experience and we do hope you enjoyed the Heritage Tour or Her Story performance as part of your visit. Safe travels and warm regards, Cascades Female...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take the oral tour and use your imagination because there isn't much left. Such a pity for an international heritage site. Like other penal sites in Tassie, a great way of relecting on the futility of harsh punishment and the cruelty of the times. A...More

Thank Toshorama
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Toshorama, Thanks for dropping in to visit during your time in Hobart. The remains of the Female Factory share a very special history for Hobart and the female convict life in Tasmania in the 1800s. It sounds like you a good experience with us...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must purchase tickets for both tour and play - Our Story rather than self tour. Excellent and explain the place. Deliberately there is little signage. The play really made the life of the poor female convicts come to life.

1  Thank lees42
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great re-enactment of a day in the life of a female prisoner, in this case it was Mary. I felt a great sense of empathy for the vulnerability of these females that were sent to Australia on convict boats for minor offences but with...More

2  Thank Genia C
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Genia C, Thank you for taking the time to visit the Female Factory during your time in Hobart. Thanks for your kind words of the ‘Her Story’ performance. It is quite moving for all visitors who take part in this performance, as well as...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
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