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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 #13 of 69 attractions in Hobart
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Hobart was settled primarily as a convict prison for Great Britain.  Women convicts were housed in separate barracks called "female factories" until... more »
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We almost did a 'self-guided' tour but were so happy we took the guided tour. It was well worth the $15. Our guide Charmaine, was fantastic - I'm sure she is an actor in her other life! She breathed life into what is left of the female factory buildings. The site is being sensitively restored and we were so glad... More

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I'm so surprised by some of the negative reviews I've read about this place - we had a great time here. You don't go here to SEE things, you go HEAR about the the history. Don't go expecting to see buildings like there are in Port Arthur. We did both the 'Her Story' and the actual historic tour and both... More

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cessnock
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

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

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

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

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

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

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

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.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

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!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

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.

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