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.

The Convict Women’s Tour is a comprehensive guided tour of the Site. It lasts approximately 45 minutes. The first tour starts at 10 am.

The NEW Notorious Strumpets & Dangerous Girls is an emotional journey through the stories of seven remarkable convict women who faced life’s hardships with resilience. Allow approximately 60 minutes. Every Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at 1 pm.


Conference/Convention Facilities Enquiry Desk Family Friendly Food and Refreshments Gallery / Museum Interactive Centre Interpretive Centre Non Smoking Parents Room Public Toilet Shop / Gift Shop

Internet Access

Free Wifi

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available


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From AU$25.00

Adult price:
Site Entry $25.00
Convict Women’s Tour (including Site Entry) $35.00
Notorious Strumpets & Dangerous Girls (including Site Entry) $40.00

Please check our website for Family prices.

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