Cessnock Correctional Centre

Cessnock Correctional Centre is a minimum  and medium-security facility for male offenders located on the Cessnock Correctional Complex. The Complex is located in the Hunter Valley, 151km north-west of Sydney and includes Hunter and Shortland correctional centres.


Phone: (02) 4993 2333

Street Address

75 Lindsay St
Cessnock NSW 2325

Postal Address

PO Box 32
Cessnock NSW 2325

How to Get There

Public Transport

Rover Coaches have a limited service that runs from the Rover Depot in Cessnock to the complex. Please check the Rover Coaches website for a timetable.

From Cessnock CBD, it is a half-hour walk or 5-minute taxi ride to the centre.

Private Transport

The entrance to the complex is located at the corner of Mavis and Lindsay Streets, Cessnock. You will need to enter this into any navigational devices, as most, including Navman, Google maps, and Garmin, will direct you to an incorrect access point on Kerlew Street.

Visitor Information


Bookings are required for video tablet and in-person visits and can be made by phone. 

To make a booking, please phone the visit bookings line on (02) 4993 2285 Monday to Thursday between:

  • 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm

Visit times

Before travelling to the centre for an in-person visit, please call to confirm your visit and visiting time.

New COVID-safety measures apply to in-person visits, make sure you know the rules before you book.

In-person visit times

In-person visits take place on Saturday and Sunday (no Public Holidays) at

  • 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm

Visitors must be present for processing at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled visiting time.

No visitors will be processed after the visiting start time.

Video and tablet visits

Video and tablet visits take place on Saturday and Sunday (no Public Holidays) at

  • 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm

Legal visits

Legal practitioners may visit seven days a week between 9am and 3pm.

Legal practitioners who intend to visit clients on Saturdays and Sundays must obtain written approval via the Governor's or Manager of Security's Office.

You must provide notification of your intention to visit by faxing a letter of appointment to (02) 4993 2282 at least 24 hours before your visit.

For legal visits, we recommend that the representative contact the complex on the morning of the proposed visit. This will allow them to confirm that the centre is still able to facilitate the legal visit, and that their client is still housed at the facility.

Legal practitioners must present their legal identification (Bar Card) upon arrival.  Representatives of law firms must have a letter of introduction from their legal firm.

Conditions of entry

Appropriate dress standards

The visits area is a family environment. You must dress appropriately. This generally means clothes must be respectable and not too provocative.

You cannot wear anything that hides your face, except for religious reasons. In that case you will be asked to remove your face covering temporarily so staff can verify your identity.

Inappropriate dress (PDF, 419.1 KB) includes:

  • Clothes that have possibly controversial logos, words or slogans such as:
    • Motorcycle gang 'colours' or gang insignias
    • Logos or symbols associated with drugs or drug paraphernalia or swear words
  • Tight or revealing clothing including:
    • Tops and dresses that expose the stomach or chest
    • Swimsuits or skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh
    • Mesh or other "see-through" clothes
    • Clothes that are excessively dirty, ripped or frayed
  • Heels higher than 5 centimetres
  • Any jewellery other than a plain wedding band, sleepers and studs. This means no engagement ring or any other ring with stones, and no bracelets or necklaces
  • Tops or jumpers with a hood
  • Hats, scarves or head coverings (excluding religious wear)
  • Hair scrunchies or clips. Only single elasticated hair ties are allowed
  • Watches, smart watches or activity trackers
  • Bare feet

Other conditions

Lockers are available for free in the visits waiting area.

Make sure you have appropriate and current photo identification (e.g. a driver's licence or passport).

Last updated:

11 May 2023

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