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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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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...more
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16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
+61 3 6233 6656
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting part of Australian history however there is so little left of the physical history to see. Lots to read and stories to hear. Reasonably priced.

Thank Jibby9
Reviewed 4 days ago

There isn’t a lot to see but to hear the history of the place and listen to one of the stories being played out is a must - the way women were treated was just horrific. The 2 actors did a fantastic job.

Thank HappygirlBrisbane
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our visit to "the Cascades women's factory" was a fascinating experience.Although there are now only afew relics of the old woman's prison our guide was so informative and knowledgeable we felt like we where experiencing life of the 1800's ourselves.

Thank petercossie1967
Reviewed 1 week ago

This dramatization brings the life of female convicts alive and makes the entire experience both revealing and motivating to continue to work for social justice. Although we have come a long way, there continues to be many inequalities that need attention. Thank you for this...More

Thank Uppekah
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating to hear the sad details of how the female convicts were treated when they arrived in Van Diemen's Land, many bringing children with them and yes they were separated once they arrived if the children were 3 or older. The tour was informative about...More

Thank JohnnyM267
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didn’t know a lot about the factory. It must have been a horrible existence. We did the Herstory tour which I would recommend as it did bring the story behind the place to life. It does need a lot more restoration work and I...More

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear patriciarY6902IY, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review after your recent visit. It is amazing to hear the stories of the women and their children who spent time here and our guides are honoured to share these stories with our visitors....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff were off-hand ad seemed not to want to be there The site was destitute of anything of real interest I will not be back or suggesting anyone visitMore

Thank T6993KXdavidm
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi T6993KXdavidm, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we are so sorry to hear you felt the experience at our site was not who you expected. We take all comments seriously and appreciate your honest feedback. Our guides and volunteers...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really interesting and well presented in nice location. We walked back to city from there along the Rivulette rather than wait for the bus and it was a highlight of our trip - a very easy 25 minute walk on good paths. Tours are available...More

Thank Christine651
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although often unexplored this site sheds light on the experiences of female prisoners and children. Well worth a visit

Thank Sultanshat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not worth going to this as its a waste of time and money as the prison has not much to see..as it has been knocked down..More

Thank 26paulinee
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Pauline E, We apprecaite your review and sorry to hear the historical site was not to the standard you expected during your visit. The Cascades Female Factory was in operation in the 1800s, significant deterioration and removal of materials has occurred over time. As...More

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Lea M
1 February 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