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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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16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
+61 3 6233 6656
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Reviewed March 11, 2017

Such an interesting place to visit - make sure you do both the historical tour and the Her Story performance.

Thank MotherRock
Reviewed March 10, 2017

This is an important historical site and worth seeing while in Hobart. The general entry fee is small and while we were short of time, the tour looks like it would have been very interesting. Just wandering around is quite moving, reading the stories of...More

Thank Cherilyn M
Reviewed March 10, 2017 via mobile

Go and learn more about the life of a female convict. The tour is worth the price. The history speaks for itself.

Thank Tracey-Murray P
Reviewed March 9, 2017 via mobile

The Female Factory provides amazing insight into convict era Hobart and the conditions of the female convicts. Most of the buildings are gone so to fully appreciate history, take a tour or ensure you experience the re-enactment where two actors bring the Factiry to life...More

Thank Cretto
Reviewed March 9, 2017 via mobile

This is a worthwhile place to visit but don't expect much in the way of buildings. There does exist, however, a valid attempt to tell the story of women convicts and their experiences. The site has guided tours available.More

Thank Wanderering1
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2017

Dear Wandering1, Thank you for visiting us at the Cascades Female Factory and taking the time to leave a review, we appreciate your feedback. The remains from the original days of the Female Factory’s operation in the 1800’s are very little. As an Australian Convict...More

Reviewed March 8, 2017

I wasn't very excited about coming here, but boy did I enjoy it. I recommend getting there early as there was quite a few more people there while we were leaving. Make sure you do the 45 minute tour with the tour guide. He really...More

Thank Samantha F
Reviewed March 8, 2017

Had I not seen a note about this at a Quilt Exhibition in Melbourne, when viewing the Rajah quilt made by convict women on their way to Australia, I may not have noticed this in the brochures. On entering the compound, the first thing I...More

Thank Linda R
Reviewed March 8, 2017

We were there on a cold, damp summer day in February and attended both the theatrical interpretation followed by the guided tour. They really made history come alive! Although the ruins aren't much to see by themselves, you can just feel the number of lives...More

Thank 37kim
Reviewed March 7, 2017

The tour guide for the tour around the the site was extremely interesting and we actually enjoyed his descriptions much more then "Her Story" which we joined later. "Her Story" enacted the life of a fictitious convict woman Mary James and the hardships she suffered...More

Thank Mim L
Reviewed March 6, 2017

it's a bit of a shame just how much of this attraction is missing. The first area housed some interesting anecdotes, stories and memorabilia but the rest of the site just lacks enough to make it a greatly worthwhile visit. Maybe given the occasional tour...More

Thank Virginia W
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2017

Dear Virginia W, Thanks for your review and we appreciate your feedback. As mentioned in other responses here, the Female Factory was in operation in the 1800’s and like many old sites there has not been a large amount of preservation. Four years ago a...More

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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