Having been to Port Arthur the previous day and finding ourselves with a few hours to kill before our flight home, we went to the Cascade Female Factory.
Our expectations may have been a bit high after Port Arthur, so we booked in for both the "Her Story" dramatization and the historical tour. "Her Story" was interesting and performed with great gusto and energy, however there was a lot of overlap with the historical tour, so I wouldn't advise doing both. "Her Story" is just a more entertaining version of learning the same facts about the place. Where this place was a bit of a let down is that at various points over the years (with conservation not being a priority for most of it's life, I understand that it has served as everything from tennis courts to a paint factory), the place has been almost entirely destroyed. There are some original parts of the outer stone wall that surrounds the place (though much of this even is modern structure) and virtually none of the inner structures remain.
During both tours you stand in the middle of a vast grassy area and are told about what different buildings existed inside the outer wall, and asked to imagine the structures are there.
Over all, worth a stop if you have an hour to kill, but given what you're expecting to see doesn't actually exist, the prices are a bit steep. If you're wanting to see actual historical buildings and learn about some of Tasmania's convict and colonial history, it's well worth setting aside a day and heading out to Port Arthur.
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