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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
+61 3 6233 6656
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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 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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
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+61 3 6233 6656
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very interesting guide. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her subject. Troubling history which gives serious pause for thought.

Thank Marianne L
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent a lovely 3 hours at the Female Factory with our children (aged 5 & 9). We booked on both the 'Her Story' performance and the historical tour, each lasting about 45 mins. It was very informative and both the guide and performers kept...More

Thank Charlotte I
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If your aim is to see the historical building, you will be very disappointed. I did not went for the tour or performance, so I have no comments on these.

Thank Alan_WongKM
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Did the guided tour and followed up with the enactment. Very informative, very entertaining and a bit confronting to look at some of Australias darker history. As ee planned on lunch at the Cascade brewery we travelled in from Seven Mile Beach on the public...More

Thank DavidandPaula
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Was disappointed with this place, feel that it was overpriced for walking around and reading a few plaques, Maybe some some self tour headphones would be better.

Thank Twotravellers2013
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Don’t go to Hobart without visiting. Very interesting and informative. Also include the dramatisation “Her Story” which is performed at midday each day. This is a dramatisation of convict life which is very well performed, entertaining and informative.

Thank Annette L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although many of the buildings are no longer standing, spaces/layouts/information throughout the "factory" recreate the harsh conditions that the female convicts endured while awaiting "selection as a wife" by a released male convict.

Thank Peter V
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The story of the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is really sad. We visited everything. This is their history. Between 1787 and 1868, 166 000 people including children were transported to Australia. They were considered convicts. Many of them had done some small offenses, like...More

Thank Robby G C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having a strong interest in female penal history I was disappointed with this. The structures have mostly been demolished so it feels like a visit to an archaeological site. I appreciate that I did not buy an actor tour but I feel an audio tour...More

Thank 134Relaxed
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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear 134Relaxed, Thanks you for your review after your recent visit. Since the Cascades Female Factory was in operation in the 1800s, significant deterioration and removal of materials has occurred over time. As one of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property, the attraction has...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live in Hobart but have not visited the Female Factory before as it used to be just a bare space surrounded by eroding sandstone walls. However, since the Port Arthur Authority took over management of the site they have done an amazing job to...More

Thank warrensue2016
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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
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