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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
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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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed December 26, 2013

We spent quite some time in the site, and found it incredible. We must have taken dozens of photographs, and we visited the shop to find all sorts of information about the gaol. A must-see if you are visiting Tasmania.

Thank Kerry S
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

This site has been developed from ruins. With commentary it does come alive.
The rows of cottages nearby also have stories and the walk up towards the cascade brewery is nice.
I wondered if the next development could be audio tour for visitors who could then imagine what yards within the high walls were like for inmates.

Thank Myrtle O
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

We attended this site recently, during a trip to Hobart. As it was my suggestion that we visit this location, i was slightly embarrassed that there was not more to it. We paid $5/person to essentially have the right to walk around a yard!! 2 yards.

It was not a complete waste of time, as we did get to check out more of Hobart's suburbs whilst driving to the location. However the site itself was a major let down. Had the original buildings been present, it would have been an extremely interesting place to visit. As it was, we got to see the walls of the old factory and a set of stairs. That's literally it. No information once inside - i believe one can ask to do a tour, however it was not available when we were there. My fiance got a pamphlet, but i would have been better of going onto Wikipedia and researching online about the history of this place. Save yourselves the money, and don't bother visiting in person.

The girl at the front counter was nice and parking outside was not an issue (only a few other people there at the time).

As for wheelchair/pram access, the entry to the left yard has a very narrow doorway, as too, with the yard on the right. I doubt a wheelchair would be able to get through (i may be wrong, so maybe call before going?...), and there was a set of stairs into one of the yards. So i think the site is prohibitive to the wheelchair bound.

I could have walked both yards in a couple of minutes, however, we took the opportunity to let our kids run around as they had been in the car all morning! All up we stayed for about 20 minutes. Went for a drive up to Mount Wellington. Much more worth the effort!

Fascinating history, poor attraction.

3  Thank Savy_Sydney_Lily
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

We dedicated a portion of our time in hobart to visiting this factory, and since it is not in the city centre it's quite an effort to get there, but it was a trip we were willing to take. We were, however, very bitterly disappointed by what we found. The yards are completely empty since almost the entirety of the original buildings were demolished. Whilst this is a part of the history we should try to embrace, there is a significant lack of information provided, and you feel as if you're walking in a random courtyard. The brochure was a good read, but it's not worth a visit to the factory.

2  Thank Alina G
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

A large part of this site has been destroyed and lost over the years and it feels as if that all that is left is the space. It is is clearly an important site but is crying out for quality information boards to help people on unguided tours to get an understanding of the history.

1  Thank ChorleyJohn
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Kate M, Public Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2013

Thank you for feedback and we are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.
We have a made a conscious choice not to over-populate the site with signs as we try to highlight the remaining landscape and built features; this balance can be difficult to strike however, and we will be developing and erecting some interpretive signage in the near future. In the interim, the visitor information guide provides an overview and of course the Heritage Tour provides in depth historical information and perspective. We are also developing an app which will aid those wishing to undertake self-guided visits.
We hope you will join us again to take advantage of these developments in the future.

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