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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

16 Degraves Street | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
+61 3 6233 6656
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Ranked #10 of 46 Attractions in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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. Open daily, 9.30Am-4pm.
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Mackay, Queensland, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

What a wonderful enlighting experience- from the tour through the facility to the play "her story" we were spell bound. Very professional. The work that has been done and the work in progress brings the anguish and the terrible conditons the female convicts had to endure. A must to see when in Tassie.

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Brisbane
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

On a cold, wet and windy day we toured this excelently interpreted site of extreme suffering of so many women and children. Our tour guide gave us an impressive and inciteful description of the site and the conditions and life in this place. The snow on Mt Wellington in spring showed how cold it could get! I really liked the... More 

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Gladstone, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My husband did the tour, my friend and I stayed in the restaurant had morning tea, then we all had lunch which was great, great gardens.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

If you visit this historic site be sure to at least do the heritage tour which will give you an insight into the history of the site. To get the best possible overview I recommend paying the extra for the dramatization "Her story". This is a fabulous wAy to learn what the women and children housed here went through even... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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31 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We arrived about twenty minutes early with the view to taking a guided tour which start on the hour [but check the website first, they don't start every hour!]. This gave us sufficient time to wander around the site and take photographs and view a range of books on sale, mostly on the subject of convicts. Also to check out... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The best way to get the most out of a visit to this site is to take the tour and see the dramatised Her Story. It is very confronting and opens one's eyes to the appalling situation for the women and babies who found themselves in this place. Access to the matrons' cottage is via the conducted tour. Our only... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Two sad things about this site. Firstly the treatment of the women held here and secondly the lack of foresight by governments over the last 150 years in not realising the importance of the site and selling it off and not preserving the place. The Port Arthur historical site now own the place and because there is not much of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Went to the site yesterday and I would say most people could easily give this a miss! I didn't realise - and perhaps this was silly on my part (!) - that the only thing left standing was a cottage (and you can't go inside). We opted for the $5 site entry fee (no tour, role playing, etc.), but save... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We were unable to do the Laura's story - and were advised to come and see the play about Mary - great role playing by the two actors- made the convict experience come alive!!!

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Perth, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We walked here from the hotel along the rivulet - lovely walk. Very interesting place. They only saved 3 of the 5 Yards of this female prison. We paid for the performance and that was thoroughly enjoyable and interactive. Won't spoil it by telling! Plenty to see and the guides are very passionate. Great place to visit. We walked to... More 

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