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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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16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A little disappointing, for the cost of the tour, there was very little to see, a lot more to see in Tasmania of more interest.More

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Addie1960, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review after stopping in at the historic site as part of your tour. As you highlight there is little to see as with not much of the original buildings remain from the site that...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A very interesting place to visit to learn about what female convicts endured. The guided heritage tour was excellent and the tour guide had some amazing stories to tell us about the day to day lives of the women and children.More

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Kerrie R, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review after your recent visit to the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. We do encourage visitors to take part in the Heritage Tour or Her Story dramatised performance to gain a greater understanding...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

On my recent trip to Tassie I was trying to do as much convict sites as possible, so this was a must. I wasn’t disappointed. We did the guided tour and it’s well worth it. You won’t learn about the place any other way. What...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing! I spent a lot longer here than I expected. We (group of four) didn’t do a tour (although I would recommend to do so as you would get the stories) as we wandered around lifting the info cards and deducted what it was like....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family of five including three girls ages 9 10 and 11 all enjoyed our visit to this historic site. It’s disappointing to read negative reviews about the cost and lack of building remains as we participated in the ‘Her Story” moving theatre tour and...More

Thank Rachel B
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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your kind review Rachel B! So lovely to read your 3 girls all enjoyed the visit to the Historic Site and the performance. It really is moving for all visitors including the young ones with the crowd involvement creating an atmosphere which you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a self guided tour, but other than the house, there was not much to see in the yards. We needed to do the tour so the story could come aliveMore

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear DebB123123, Thanks for choosing to visit the historic site when in the area. We appreciate your feedback and sorry to hear you did not have the chance to take part in one of the tours when visiting. We hope you’ll have the chance to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very moving experience. Enjoyed “Her Story” a reinactment of an inmate, warden & doctor!! Strongly recommend children to visit to help them realise how lucky they are in today’s world!!More

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you Jennette54 for your pleasant review. "Her Story" is a moving experience for all and does create a lasting impression of what it was like at this place for the women and their children who spent time here. We sure are very lucky! Hope...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This historically important sight in Tasmania has been free to discover for many years but when I returned in 2017 I was aghast to find there is now an entry fee! A pity but I advise keep your money away from these ravenous vultures and...More

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear salesman241, We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review after returning to the site in 2017. In 2011 the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) was charged with the management responsibility of the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. The female factory...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic morning,joined history tour, then live theatre - Mary's Story. Thought provoking and a great peak into the past. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the guided tour... Well worth the modest fee. It was very well presented and provided much useful information about how life had been for the convictz. Our guide Flo was very well informed and painted a vivid picture of conditions in this amazing...More

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Lea M
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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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