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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site: Tours & Tickets

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Open today: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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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 2 days ago

I love history but was this truly history? Yes, it was a workhouse for female convicts and hence that is what drew us to visit it on a wet, cold day in a taxi. There is very little to exhibit and whatever little there is...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank dubaiite
Reviewed 3 days ago

We did the female factory tour today and it was absolutely fascinating, especially considering we’d never heard of the factory prior! Catherine (tour guide) was exceptional and so passionate. Absolutely loved it and would highly recommend a tour whilst in Hobart.

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The excellent tour (thank you Anton) of this historic “factory” tells the harrowing story of some of Australia’s first European female settlers. Exiled for mostly petty crimes, these Irish and English women’s stories are fascinating. We particularly enjoyed the “HerStory” dramatic recreation tour, where we...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank CynthiaFrancis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Learn about how the women convicts and their children were treated in this MUST visit Hobart convict heritage site. So pleased we mad the effort to get here, a Hobart highlight.

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very informative guide, who explained the penal system that operated during the early-mid 1800's, the type of crimes committed, the way of life and conditions they experienced in goal. A "must do" visit!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank valueformoney2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mel was amazing, we did the $18 tour and her knowledge was so much better than us walking it by ourselves. Glad i didn't live back then

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Kerri F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really great tour - Mel, the guide, was fantastic- really knew her history and lots of stories. No reading from a book for her - Mel made it a great experience . Recommend it highly

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Z5453WQjanec
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can thoroughly recommend the dramatisation of the life of a female prisoner. It brought to life the extreme hardship that these women faced. It was more extreme than what the men were subjected to at Port Arthur. Brought tears to my eyes.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank David H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the historic tour and saw the play ‘her story’. These brought the place to life and we learnt loads. Easy to get to using hop on hop off bus.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank DeborahG208
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Her story dramatizedtour is brilliant and well worth the price. It brings alive what it must have been like for females transported to Tasmsnia. Not suitable for very young children but junior upwards. A great husband & wife team take you round the site and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Lea M
February 1, 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