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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun and interesting tour but a little short. Still a really fun and informative tour. Recommended to stay around after the tour and explore the site more in depth as it is quite an interesting place.More

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

Dear Nathaniel_Golder, 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 is not a large amount which remains of the original facility. We...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you get to the admissions desk it is easy to simply ask for an admission only ticket and to walk around at your own pace and to make your way through the site and try and make sense of the hardships that these women...More

1  Thank jamesdunn93
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This truely was an eye opener in the way female convicts were treated in the 1800's for petty crime when considering the lenient sentences given to criminals today for far worse felonies. This is a must tour when visiting Hobart and John is the most...More

Thank Paul S
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Paul S, Thank you for leaving a review after your recent visit to our Heritage Site. It is amazing how the women and their children survived at this site when others were not so lucky and we are honoured to share their stories with...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While there is not a lot at the site in terms of remaining structures etc, we loved and were saddened learning about the plight of the female convicts as told through the site tour and the dramatisation ;Her Story" . We learned of the disgusting...More

1  Thank 938nicola
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited today - and completed both the tour and Her Story performance back to back. They pretty much cover everything one needs to know and the site is reasonably compact. The site is out door - so be prepared with appropriate clothing. Well worth...More

Thank FiFiMaree
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating insight into the terrible deprivations endured by the women deported from England to serve, service and populate a new country for the Empire.

Thank Jacqui H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent dramatisation of the difficulties and hardships endured by the female convicts transported from England to an unknowable future. The skilled actors made history come to life with performances which were moving, engaging and informative. Don't miss it.

Thank Charles M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a cold Saturday afternoon and booked a tour; so glad we did. Our tour guide Anton was excellent and we were impressed with his knowledge, delivery and ability to provoke a sense of the life and hardships women and infants in the...More

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

Dear Deeville, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review after your recent visit to the Historic Site on a cooler day in Hobart. Being at the foot of the Mountain it is an eye-opener as to what it would have been like...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While staying in Hobart this is a must to visit. I highly recommend you do the guided tour of the factory and also the "her story" re enactment. The actors take you back in time to when 'Mary' arrived at the factory in the mid...More

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Cascades Female Factory which is at the foot of Mt Wellington. It sure was an eye opener to see how the female convicts lived in such a site. It was quite disturbing and heart breaking to read about the such minor offences the convicts...More

Thank 54Sophie2016
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear 54Sophie2016, Thanks for dropping in to visit during your exploration of 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 had a good experience with...More

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Lea M
1 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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