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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
+61 3 6233 6656
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I love visiting here, my g g grand mother was brought out as a convict and spent several hard years here, lots of history and lists of convicts and you certainly get a sense of what it must have been like, a must if you...More

Thank 7557wendy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fabulous place to visit to learn about the prisoners of the motherland. Tour was excellent and the guide was brilliant.

Thank Louise W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here. I feel all the attention is on Port Arthur (which is amazing too) but this place definitely deserves more credit. It was absolutely fascinating and the guide really knew his stuff and told a very engaging story that made...More

Thank emily_g_k_97
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not expensive entry. Small but nice souvenir shop. Friendly staff. Easy parking. Very informative. Well presented.

Thank streakey
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I visited Hobart with some friends from Germany last week. Whilst he and I had been to Hobart before, it had been for business, so no time for touristy stuff. Went to Port Arthur, which was impressive, but didn't really engender much...More

1  Thank pr0mark
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are not a lot of buildings left so it is the story telling that is important and we got a real feel for what life in the place was like for the inmates. I have been impressed with the way actors tell these stories....More

Thank Highho
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited a last week and took the guided 45 minute site tour and stayed on for "Her Story". Some repetition in presentation of facts here, but both excellent and informative. The day was warm enough, but raining, with low cloud over Mount Wellington, which...More

Thank brandlyn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in to visit Cascades Female Factory on a recent trip to Hobart and we were enthralled at the 2-person enactment of one of the female inhabitants of the female factory. The actors were exceptional and made you feel part of the process of "rehoming"...More

Thank Aeracura
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I did a tour followed by the play and I would have to say this is one of the best attractions and accounts on history I’ve ever experienced. I would highly recommend everyone visit. Don’t just buy a pass to look around, do the tour...More

Thank Tracey E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This 2 person play 'Her Story Hobart' was outstanding and definitely one of the very top highlights of my first ever visit to Tasmania. I went there on Saturday 25 November 2017 specifically to see the play that is performed every day at noon. This...More

1  Thank Geraldine R
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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