Education Tours

Each of the education tours listed below is available for schools to book as part of their site visit. Please read the descriptions carefully to select a tour to suit your group’s needs. For further advice on education tours, contact the Education Officer.

 Education Group Heritage Tour

Suitable for upper primary and secondary school groups (50 minutes)

The Heritage Tour for education groups offers students a guided introduction to the site and its stories. In this tour a Guide will offer insights into the system of punishment and reform that operated at the Cascades Female Factory. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop a sense of empathy for the convict women who spent time here, as they consider the question of whether their punishments were fitting to their crimes.

 Her Story

Suitable for upper primary and secondary school groups (45 minutes)

Her Story offers students a dramatic interpretation of life in the Female Factory, and a unique live theatre experience.

Part history lesson, part roaming theatre show, Her Story is an accurate and emotional depiction of the harsh life within the Cascades Female Factory in 1833. Her Story brings the atmosphere and characters of the Female Factory to life and helps students to gain an in-depth understanding of the significance of this place.

Her Story is performed by two actors, one portraying the woman whose story is being told, and the other male actor playing the parts of an overseer and a doctor.

At the conclusion of the tour the actors will provide an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Pricing for Education Groups

Entry to the site, including one tour OR activity: $5 (one accompanying adult per ten students enters for free; additional adults are charged the student rate)

Additional activity on day of visit: $3

Her Story

$12.50 per student (one accompanying adult per ten students is free of charge; additional adults are charged the student rate)

A flat rate of $300 applies to groups of 24 students or more

The maximum group size per performance is 50