Hobart, Tasmania

Louisa’s Walk

Want to try something entertaining and out of the ordinary? Then why not go on this fascinating walking tour that will take you back in time into Tasmania’s History.

Louisa’s walk is basically a walking theatre with two main actors taking you into the life of Irish convict Louisa Ragan who was sent to Australia on a 7 year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread in 1841.

Walk through beautiful landscaped gardens with views of the CBD of Hobart. An amazing attraction for both adults and children, this is an experience you will not forget as you see the grim life in prison that Louisa and other convicts would have experienced in the 1800’s. The harsh reality is there were many other stories like Louisa’s but on this tour you really get to know the two main characters and feel as if you’re with them on their journey.

The tour starts outside the famous and historical Cascade building where you can also go on the Cascade Brewery tour and enjoy some lunch before heading out on Louisa’s walk. Even if you’re not a true lover of beer, the tour is worth checking out. At the very least enjoy some delicious Tasmanian food at the in-house house restaurant.

Once the walk starts you will stroll across the Cascade Gardens and end up at the Female Factory, the actual place where Louisa was imprisoned. Here you will hear an amazing part of the story as you see how life was in the prisons at that time. The actors will do a great job showing you exactly how it would have been for female prisoners.

The tour is both funny and sad at the same time, as the two main actors do a great job of portraying their characters and take you on an immersive experience. Once the tour is complete, the actors will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have about the history of convicts or any of the walk in general. The tour offers great value and is a must do for anyone visiting Hobart. It’s one of the most fascinating things to do in Hobart and is great for all ages.

Tasmania has a rich history of convicts living in the beautiful yet harsh Tasmania. With over 60,000 people shipped to Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land) in the 1800’s it is easy to see the history and impact the convicts had on Tasmania. You can experience this rich history first hand by going on Louisa’s walk.

If you’re interested in the history of convicts in Australia, there are many other sights and places to visit in Tasmania that will be of interest to you, including Sarah Island and Richmond (25km from Tasmania) that is home to a historic bridge built by convicts.