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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
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Ranked #8 of 136 things to do in Hobart
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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
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“Not much to look at”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Only some boundary walls to look at. Better off going to Richmond and visiting the Richmond Gaol, far more interesting.

Visited February 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Not worth a visit”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

It has not got anything comparable to Port Arthur. They should not charge for the place. The history can be picked up from the given literature and inscriptions. Only foundations of the factory are there, but no buildings.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank danp2
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Female factory womens prison hobart”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

This attraction featured a man and a women re-enacting life in the female factory which was a stark prison with only walls left in place . The story was what seemed like an hour long of standing in a hot prison yard . It could have been done in 15 minutes .Several people could not stand that long and left . Interesting but needlessly long

Visited January 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Without a doubt, the highlight of my trip to Hobart. I visited in December, 2013, then returned less than a month later in January 2014, bringing along family & friends to this incredible site.

When people think of Australia's convict past, the mind generally shoots straight to the males stories at Port Arthur, Norfolk Island, etc. The tragic stories of the women in these times need to be told, & the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is an incredible insight into what happened to these women.

A big suggestion, make time to do the tour, "Her Story". This is run by the same people who do "Louisa's Walk", & is something I will never forget.


Visited January 2014
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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“Well worth visiting”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

We found the Cascades Female Factory well worth visiting. Our guide Tanya was full of interesting information and enthusiastic about sharing her considerable knowledge of the site with us. Even without the original buildings it was quite easy to understand the site history with our guide's explanations. The outline of the buildings within the main yard are very helpful in this context. Being able to also tour the matron's cottage is another reason to take the guided tour. Highly recommended.

Visited February 2014
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