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 $8
  • Heritage Tour $18
  • Her Story $25
  • Combined Heritage Tour and Her Story $35

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.

Watch  the introductory video

Opening Hours

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.

Transport options
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.

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The Female Factory historic site, once a Tasmanian convict site.
16 Degraves St
South Hobart