Free to get in,disliked that all that is left are 4 walls,a paid tour would give more information which we did not have time to do.
While there are limited physical built ruins showing how female convicts endured, the experienced guide brought the site poignantly to life. You could imagine how the 10ft stone walls baked them in summer and the shadow they cast iced them in winter. My tour was supplemented by the theatrical experience using the ruins as the stage as the story of... More
Thank goodness sites such as this have been kept! although only the outer walls, mesh and rocks have been used to create low walls giving the visitor the idea of the size of the cells and areas within what was a hell-hole for the women bought to Tassie in the early days. Well done to those who re-created this site... More
There's NOTHING there! We were expecting so much more before we got there but what a let down. As someone else said previously, there's no real ruins to speak of rather sketches and diagrams of what was there and modern wire cages filled with ballast to represent the missing walls. We had wandered in (no board out front indicating a... More
The Female Factory is one of Tasmania's World Heritage listed convict sites. Whilst little remains but the outer walls the performance and tours which explain the place are truly world class. You will be guided through the life of the inmates and come away almost knowingthem - certainly knowing of man's inhumanity to woman.
If you come here make sure you take the tour as they add so much to the visit. The tour guide we had, Tanya, was excellent and really engaging. Her knowledge and enthusiasm made the visit worthwhile and really helped paint the picture. They have just had an injection of money so they are starting to develop the site more.... More
We popped down to the Female Factory after the Cascade Brewery Tour. I recommend jumping on the Red Decker Bus and visit both the Cascade Brewery and the Female Factory. Tours at both and lunch at the Brewery are highly recommended. A great day out!
Very interesting place in relation to convict history. There are so many tales to be told. Tour price for adults is $15 which we thought was a little expensive, but understand that they need the money to keep this historic site open. All in all a good tour.
I was wanting to do "louisa's walk" but as it was a saturday and the market was on, so I found the tour was fully booked out so the kind lady suggested "her story" instead. The actors were great and the story told really explained what life was like for a female convict at cascades female factory and how they... More
It gives us an idea of the hardships that women faced in prison, for very petty crimes. Our current criminals should be thankful that they did not serve goal in that era for the the current crimes committed now.
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