Corrective Services NSW

Shortland (Cessnock) Correctional Centre

Shortland Correctional Centre is a maximum security facility for male offenders. It is located on the Cessnock Correctional Complex in the Hunter Valley, 151km north-west of Sydney.


(02) 4993 2333

Postal address

PO Box 466
Cessnock NSW 2325

Street address

Tuhega Drive Off Lindsay St
Cessnock NSW 2325

How to get there

Public transport

Rover Coaches have a limited service 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 five minute taxi ride to the Centre.

For further details and timetables, please visit the Transport Sydney Trains website.

Private transport

The entrance to Cessnock Correctional Complex is off Wine Country Drive, turn into Kerlew Street and Left to Occident Street.  The main entry gate is approximately 75 mtrs on the right.

You will need to enter this into any 'navigational' device, as currently most devices such as Navman, Google maps, Garman and mobile phone apps appear to use an incorrect access road.

Visitor information


Bookings are required for in-person and video visits. 

To make a visit booking, please phone (02) 4050 6885 Wednesday to Friday between:

  • 9:00am and 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Visit times

Before travelling for a visit, please call the correctional centre to confirm your visit and visiting time.

New COVID-safety measures apply to in-person visits, ensure you know the rules to avoid missing out.

In-person visit times

Contact the visits booking line for specific times.

Video visit times

Contact the visits booking line for specific times.

Legal visits

Legal practitioners may visit 7 days between 9am-3pm.

Notification of intention to visit must be made by emailing a letter of appointment to, 24-hours before visiting.

It is recommended that for legal visits, the representative contact the complex on the morning of the proposed visit to ensure the centre is still able to facilitate the legal visit and ensure their client is still housed at the facility.

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 o Swear words
  • Tight or revealing clothing including:
    • Tops and dresses that expose the stomach or chest
    • Swimsuits o 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.
Last updated:

14 Mar 2024

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