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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
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Hobart Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #22 of 169 things to do in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful portrayed piece of our history to be educated on. The history tour was fascinating & very informative but the “Her Story” was our favourite with the interactive acting...a very emotional re enactment on a female convicts life spent at the prison...do yourself a huge favour and do the both...history tour followed by Her Story...

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

It was great to see women and all human beings are not treated like this in prison anymore but also good to see that some of them went on and had good lives and helped in building Australia to be the better place it is now in so many ways. They were true past examples of Helen Reddie's song " I am Woman"..... Well worth the visit. It helps you appreciate what we have now.

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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

A very interesting place, we had the guided tour which I recommend, Anton was very informative and gave a good account of what happened there.

Thank Annmaree G
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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2017

Thanks for your kind review Annmaree G. Our guides are very passionate about sharing the stories of the women who spent time at the factory and we will be sure to pass your feedback on.
Warm regards,
Cascades Female Factory

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

This is a contrast to Port Arthur, seeing the prison system from the point of view of the women who were transported. Unfortunately not much physical remains are left but enough to give a good idea of what the place was like. We had a very good guide who was interested, passionate and informative. The reception staff was also helpful and friendly. There is a small souvenir/book shop on site. We traveled easily to the site on Public Transport Metro bus from Franklin Square.

Thank John A
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

We live in Hobart and have visited many times. This is a place steeped in history and the guided tours give a great perspective on how difficult times were back in the day. Wonderful volunteers and staff.

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