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 2017
The Cascades Female Factory is hosting our annual Open Day to coincide with Mother’s Day on Sunday 14 May. With FREE ENTRY and activities, why not bring Mum along and join us to discover stories of the convict women and their children that were transported to Van Diemen’s Land. For those revisiting, come and rediscover […]
Cascade Female Factory Design Competition
Architectural Design Competition Heritage and Interpretation Centre Cascades Female Factory Historic Site – Hobart, Tasmania An architectural design competition for a new History and Interpretation Centre at Cascades Female Factory was launched by Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) on 8th March in honour of International Women’s Day. Because of the historic and social […]