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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

Visited as we had a free pass and I am glad we didnt have to pay. A lot of other people visited on the free visit day also and there still was not a lot of people that were around. The old gaol is a...More

Thank Amanda T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Take a historical tour and learn all about the womens side of the convict story. The guides are fantastic and really bring it to life for you. It is a very different side to the convict history you'll see at Fremantle, Port arthur etc. and...More

Thank Mel H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Everyone goes to Port Arthur for Tassie's history. I urge you to go to this site. Also an Australian Listed Heritage Site. Try to book into the "Live History" tour. Totally worthwhile.

Thank leannetmccullock
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having visited the Female Factory site at Ross which is just that .... a site that has long since been torn down we decided to visit the Cascades Female factory in Hobart. This visit began to expand and to grow our understanding of the conditions...More

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear codr8, Thanks for taking the time to visit the Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart, it's nice to see you also linked this with time at the site at Ross painting the female convict story. It sounds like you took one of the Heritage...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved it, definitely make sure you do at least the guided tour, well worth it as on face value there doesn’t seem much to see at the Cascades Female Factory, however the guide and their stories make it come to life. We added the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here and were tossing up between self guided or a heritage tour with a guide. It was $8 fir self guided or $18 for heritage. I’m so glad we went with a guided tour, the tour guide knew her stuff and was able...More

Thank suedev1
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great recommendations suedev1! Glad you were not diappointed by the Heritage Tour. Kind regards, Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend the My Story drama (at 12pm daily) and Guided Tour package to bring this site to life and really appreciate the experience of those who spent time there. Would be missing out with site access only pass.

Thank madeleineandscott
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although most of the buildings and original features of the site have been destroyed, this former prison is still an interesting place to visit. You can wander around the site independently, or participate in a guided tour. Our tour guide gave us a lot of...More

Thank peggypostcard
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cascades Female factory was well worth the visit. We did the Heritage Tour and the information given was interesting, relevant and at times quite shocking. To understand what these poor women went through is difficult in this day and age. The factory was a...More

Thank Merody B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

See how the female convicts were corralled, controlled, human collateral for the factory and the free settlers.More

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

Dear aaosbm, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review following your visit. We do hope you took the time to take part in one of the Heritage Tours or Her Story dramatised performance during time with us. Both tours provide insight into...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