Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

Beneath the shadow of Mount Wellington, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory is the best place to connect with some of the lesser known stories of Australia’s female convicts. It is located in South Hobart, 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 at noon with a duration of approximately one hour.
A new dramatised performance, The Proud and the Punished will be performed


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 International Non Smoking Public Toilet Shop World Heritage


From AU$5.00

Site Entry Only AUD8.
Heritage Tour AUD18.
Her Story AUD25.

Nearby Things to Do

View All
Pauls Tassie Tours and Charters

Paul’s Tassie Tours and Charters


Ist ever on dry fly

Red Tag Trout Tours


Premier Travel Tasmania - private tours

Premier Travel Tasmania


Let Adventure Trails Tasmania guide you to some of Tasmania's secret spots and less-travelled trails

Adventure Trails Tasmania


Maritime Museum of Tasmania, Hobart

Maritime Museum of Tasmania


The Neck

Tassie Tours Tasmania


Contact Us