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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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US$38.24*
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Hobart Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour
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US$80.38*
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Mt Wellington Tour and MONA Admission
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Hobart City Sightseeing Tour Including MONA Admission

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As part of our City Tram Tour we visited the Female Factory,its mainly all gone now but they have managed to retain 5 yards which have plaques on the walls giving some insight... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As part of our City Tram Tour we visited the Female Factory,its mainly all gone now but they have managed to retain 5 yards which have plaques on the walls giving some insight into the crimes committed and ages and appearance of the prisoners. They have an lookout which contains the Blue Prints showing were everything was located which is... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the highlights of my trip to Hobart. Fascinating history brought to life by our guide Ester. Thought about it for days afterwards.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After being recommended this site to visit we decided why not! So glad that we did take the time to walk around and see and read the stories of the poor women who existed in this place. We took the self tour but would recommend the one given by the enthusiastic volunteer tour guides as we came in earshot of... More 

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Bairndsale
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I did both the Heritage tour and the Her Story tour. They were both outstanding. You won't get much out of the visit without doing the tours. The acting in the Her Story tour was brilliant. Well worth buying a combination ticket

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great chance to learn and gain an appreciation of the history of the early female convicts. Very good tour and explanations of the sites and features of the buildings. Nice souvenir shop too!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We first visited this site when it had just opened to the public and was not fully developed. Returning, we were impressed by the way they have improved the expereicne for visitors. There is a performance if you wish to take part, or you can just wander the site. It's all clearly marked and the Matron's cottage is very interesting.... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I stumbled upon this attraction and am so glad I did. I had no idea on the history of the female convicts to Tasmania, and what a harrowing tale it is. I did the guided tour and it was excellent, the tour guide had an in-depth knowledge on the history of the site, the females that were incarcerated and their... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you just pay admission and look around- you'll be disappointed. Pay for the heritage tour or better still 'Her story' which goes at 12pm. It's an interactive drama which has two actors that bring the place to life. A truly tragic place for children born here.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent information about the history and conditions for women convicts in Tasmania, we visited in mid February - weather not optimal if you are from warmer climes. But the show was great an an interesting explanation of the history of women in Australia.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Though neglected by tourists who rush of to Port Author this site is easily accessed from Hobart by the 446 Bus from Franklin Square. Make it your business to be there before 12 noon in order to participate in the 45min enactment of HER STORY which is performed by two actors, one portraying the woman whose story is being told,... More 

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