Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

The World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory is Australia’s most significant site associated with female convicts. It is located in South Hobart in the shadow of Mount Wellington, only a short distance from the Hobart waterfront.
The Cascades Female Factory was a self-contained, purpose-built institution intended to reform female convicts, where the inmates did laundry and needlework services, offsetting some of the Colony’s penal costs. Thousands of women and children were imprisoned here, and many never left.
Taking one of the guided tours will really help to bring its history to life.
The Heritage Tour is a comprehensive guided tour of the Site, including the Matron’s Quarters. It is offered several times daily and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Check with the Site for times.
The dramatised Her Story experience depicts the harsh life within Yard One of the Cascades Female Factory in 1833. Performed by two actors, Her Story allows visitors to fully comprehend what happened here. Performed daily, duration approximately one hour.
Information and bookings are available on arrival, or at the Port Arthur Kiosk at the Brooke Street Pier on Hobart’s waterfront.


Aboriginal Culture Adventure Australian Tourism Accreditation Australian Tourism Export Council China Ready Accreditation Disabled access available Enquiry Desk Family Friendly Food and Refreshments History & Heritage Non Smoking Public Toilet Shop World Heritage


ADULT From $5 to $20

Site Entry Only $5.00
Her Story $20.00
Heritage Tour $15.00

CHILD From $5 to $12.5

Site Entry Only $5.00
Her Story $12.50
Heritage Tour $15.00

Trading Times

  • ALL Open 09:30 to 16:00
  • 2016-12-25 Closed

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