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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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Address: 16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
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+61 3 6233 6656
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09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts sits in...

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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We visited the Cascades Womens Prison after visiting Port Arthur the day prior. We were not disappointed, as both the tour and 'Her Story" presentation were excellent and they... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Plympton Park, Australia
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Plympton Park, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited the Cascades Womens Prison after visiting Port Arthur the day prior. We were not disappointed, as both the tour and 'Her Story" presentation were excellent and they had our teenagers (and 10 year old) enthralled. Particular thanks goes to the brilliant actors who performed in the play. A wonderful couple of hours for the family.

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Thank Julian S
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We didn't have much time to visit so we chose the self-guided tour, which was very cheap. It was interesting to explore and read the information but as there is actually very little of the original site left, I can only imagine the experience would be even better with a proper tour, telling stories of what the convict women endured.... More 

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Thank Gemma H
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited with my 13 year old daughter and listened to "Her Story" which was well worth doing. I don't think you would get nearly as good an understanding of the place if you don't participate in a tour. Gave a real insight into the hardship of this site. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Kate R
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't be fooled and just head to Port Arthur... Australia has a very rich history about female convicted transported from England to the Cascades Female Factory! We completed a guided tour and watch the live history play (fantastic). Both were very informative and the site itself is unlike anything else you've ever seen. A must see for all history lovers... More 

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Thank SilkEEE90
Albury, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An enjoyable and educational 45 minute live presentation of the history of early convict women that were shipped to Tasmania in the early 1800's. Based on true accounts we are taken back in time by two exceptional actors to relive what it would be like to have been a female convict. Learn all the smaller events that are not well... More 

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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The value of this site is not the remaining structures, as at Port Arthur for example, because there is now little remaining above ground apart from some walls around three of the five former "Yards" and the Matron's house. The real interest is in the illustrations and the astonishingly detailed information on the lives of the women who wound up... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not much restoration aside from one building. A somber place when you think of how many kids were here too

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Thank Keith S
Julia Creek, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We got a lot out of it and our young children also got an insight into what The female convicts would have endured.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this tour, but recommend the "her story" dramatisation and the guided tour (thanks Kate) to really understand what the factory was like.

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Expectations were not high when coming here after reading other reviews so we weren't disappointed to find a facility with little to see other than one building and the perimeter walls. There is some history here but it is not geared up for visitors unable to wait for one of the guided "tours" which provide more detail than the information... More 

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