Taking one of our tours of the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is highly recommended, as it will help bring the story of this challenging but very special place to life for you.
- Heritage Tour $15
- Her Story $20
- Site entry only $5
Cascades Female Factory, Hobart
The Cascades Female Factory is Australia’s most significant historic site associated with female convicts. It was a purpose built, self-contained institution intended to reform female convicts and is the place to discover the stories of Australia’s convict women.
Thousands of women and children were imprisoned here, and many never left, due to high rates of illness and infant mortality. Visiting the site today can be both emotional and rewarding, creating a connection with the stories of female convicts in Australia and their children – stories that are often tragic, but that also inspire hope and resilience.
It is located in South Hobart, a short distance from the Hobart waterfront and CBD.
The Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is open seven days a week 9.30-4pm
Closed Christmas Day, open all other public holidays and weekends
16 Degraves Street, South Hobart, approximately 10 minutes’ drive from Hobart’s CBD and only a short distance from the Cascade Brewery.
By car – On street parking is available in Degraves and Syme Streets.
On foot – follow the walking track along the Hobart Rivulet.
By bus – Metro bus numbers 44, 46, 47 and 49 depart from stop M, Franklin Square, Hobart. Alight at stop 13, just past St Johns Hospital, then walk down Apsley Street.
Tours and activities
The Cascades Female Factory offers a variety of visitor experiences, including tours, displays and access to our heritage structures.
News & media
Mother’s Day Open Day
The Cascade Female Factory Historic Site will host an Open Day on Sunday 8 May, 2016. With a variety of activities programmed to provide education and insight into our Tasmanian convict women forbears, it is no coincidence that this celebration falls on Mother’s Day. Entry to the site will be free for the duration of […]
New visual elements help tell the stories of Tasmania’s women convicts
While Port Arthur and other well-known convict heritage sites in Tasmania have long related the stories of mostly male convicts, the stories of the thousands of women who were transported to the colonies have, until recently, been less accessible. New display elements at the site help visitors to understand its layout and appreciate the stories […]