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.
- Site entry only $5
- Heritage Tour $15
- Her Story $20
- Combined Heritage Tour and Her Story $30
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 446, 447 and 449 depart from stop N, 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
New members sought for Female Factory community consultative committee
The Board of Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority is calling for nominations from interested individuals or representatives of groups who wish to contribute to the management and conservation of the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. Purpose of the Community Advisory Committee To improve the involvement and support of the local community in the management […]
Mother’s Day Open Day a success
The Cascades Female Factory hosted our annual Open Day which coincided with Mother’s Day on Sunday 14 May. The day was a huge success with FREE ENTRY and activities offered. Families had the chance to discover stories of the convict women and their children that were transported to Van Diemen’s Land. For those who were revisiting […]