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“Fantastic unique experience”

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
Ranked #22 of 157 things to do in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

We did the Her Story tour, initially we were a little hesitant to do an acting tour but we found it fascinating. The 2 actors were brilliant and helped form a picture if the ruins.
To get an appreciation of the site a tour is necessary. Shame there is not a lot more than the walls but the history told is well worth the visit.

Thank Pierogis
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We did both the site tour and Her Story presentation as we didn't realize daylight saving had ended the night before so we were an hour early for the Her Story presentation. Some information doubled up but overall it was worth doing both as we got a fuller picture of the history of the whole factory. None of this history is mentioned much at Port Arthur so it was a worthwhile addition to our touring. The staff are very informative and friendly. The actors were excellent. While much of the buildings have gone you could still imagine what it would have been like there through the excellent descriptions as you walking around the area.

Thank Denise E
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

This is a big site butthere's really only walls standing apart from the modern interpretation centre. It was a bit of a disapointment that could be made more interesting with further archaeological effort.

Thank Kylie M
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Travelled via red bus and had previously booked tour which was excellent. Red bus driver very helpful directing us from female factory (not that interesting to us) to brewery through lovely gardens. Tour director at brewery very informative.....

Thank Peter James R
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

the story it is continuing to tell as it is now a heritage listed property for all the women in the world

Thank pauladhalll
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