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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
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Reviewed today via mobile

We visited the Female Factory on a very hot Hobart morning and were very happy to be informed and entertained by our Live History hosts. Her Story was engrossing and emotional and it brought the savage history of the site to life.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Marguerite H
Reviewed yesterday

This is a really interesting site especially for those who enjoy learning about Australian history. Recommend the tour as lots of little titbits of information are gleaned from the guide. It is a short walk from the Cascades Brewery so you can easily combine a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 732tonio
Reviewed 2 days ago

I guess after visiting Port Arthur we found this a little disappointing. Not too much of the factory still exists so you really only visit the site it used to stand on. Lots of information available on site with a guided tour, though we chose...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DebbJ
Reviewed 3 days ago

A visit to Cascades Female Factory should be on the itinerary for every visitor to Tasmania. This World Heritage Site is an important reminder of the beginnings of our Colonial past. The factory operated as a labour hire centre for the female convicts sent to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lachie255060
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Dropped in during a city tour. Bare sandstone walls with plaques and text panels represent the inhumanity, deprivation, solitude and shame of a colonial past. The feel and atmosphere of the space is both eerily sombre and respectful for the inmates who suffered from being...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

WOW.... The guided tour is a must to fully understand what these women went through, and John our guide did a brilliant job at helping me really comprehend what went on here. 😔

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank karynd101
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a very sad place but an important part of Tasmanian (and Australian) history. Well worth a visit and make sure you look closely at the artifacts in the Matrons Cottage

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Karen70P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly, all that remains structurally of the site is the Matron's House with the orientation of the original yards and buildings traced out by low rock walls. It would be brilliant if some big grant could be mede to erect just one replica building (as...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gary E
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our visit. We didn't do a tour, just self-guided using the pamphlet. It is interesting and educational. Ideally there would be more frequent tours.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank emdw
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were considering ditching this from our itinerary but I'm so glad we didn't. It was shockingly informative and gave us a great insight into the experience of the women sent to Hobart as convicts. We purchased the package including both the heritage tour and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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