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Illawarra Reintegration Centre

The Illawarra Reintegration Centre opened on 2 June 2017 to accommodate 60 minimum security offenders.


34-40 Lady Penryhn Drive

Unanderra NSW 2526

Phone: (02) 4239 7700
Fax: (02) 4239 7770

Postal Address

PO Box 367,

Unanderra, NSW, 2526

How to get there

The centre is located approximately 98 km south of Sydney, 9 km south of Wollongong, 190 km north of Batemans Bay and 224 km north east of Canberra.

Public Transport

City Rail Trains - 131 500

The nearest railway station (Unanderra) is located 1 km west of the centre. Visit NSW TrainLink for timetables

Taxis & Coaches – 02  4254 2111

Private Transport

From Sydney, follow the M1 south down Mount Ousley. Take the Five Islands Road exit. Turn left into Five Islands Road. Turn right at the roundabout into Glastonbury Avenue. Turn right into Berkeley Road Turn left into Lady Penryhn Drive. Continue along Lady Penryhn Drive to the gaol which is set back on the right hand side of the road up a driveway.

Visitor Parking is available on site. Disabled parking and access also provided on site.

Visitor Information

Inmates are able to have one visit a week, allowing a maximum of four adult visitors only or two adult visitors and a manageable number of children (maximum four children).

Bookings & Visiting Times

All visits must be pre-booked by calling (02) 4239 7700 on Monday or Friday between 10am and 2pm. Please provide details of every person visiting.

Visiting Times

Saturday and Sunday:         8.30am - 11am

                                       12pm – 2pm


  • Visitors should phone the Centre before travelling on the morning of the visit to confirm that the Centre will be operating visits on the day.
  • Each visit group is permitted to bring up to $40 (including small denominations and coins as limited change available) for prepackaged visit snack bags.
  • Appropriate clothing must be worn (no midriffs, low-cut, backless, singlet tops, strapless tops or short skirts). Appropriate footwear (no thongs).
  • All jewellery must be removed including ear and body piercings (with the exception of wedding bands).
  • All visitors will be subject to a search by a metal detector.
  • Any necessary medications will require a medical certificate.
  • Metal implants will need to be supported by a medical certificate.
  • Use of toilets is prohibited in the visits area unless a medical certificate is provided stating necessity.
  • No hooded jumpers/jackets, hats, scarves, handkerchiefs or sunglasses.
  • No photos, letters, magazines, cigarettes, cameras, mobile phones, pets, alcohol, drugs, syringes, weapons, blankets, folding money, food or drink to be taken into the centre.
  • No item of clothing is to be removed in the visits area.
  • No offensive or sexual behaviour is allowed.
  • Failure to comply with any direction may result in your visit being denied.

Money and Property Information

Visitors may deposit up to $600 per calendar month electronically into an inmate's account.

Legal and Professional Visits and Telephone Calls

The requesting party must submit in writing on letterhead and be addressed to the Manager of Security,

Times and days legal and professional visits and phone calls can take place are as follows:

  • Tuesday:        10.30am - 1.30pm

  • Wednesday:    10.30am - 1.30pm

  • Thursday:       10.30am - 1.30pm

On arrival to the centre please present your:

  • Current Law Society Identification Card
  • Written confirmation of appointment

Offender Services and Programs

The Offender Services and Programs team offers a range of treatment programs and services to reduce recidivism and to improve offender's motivation to participate in offence-related, transitional and resettlement programs. 


Inmates are offered employment and vocational training opportunities while in custody. Employment and training opportunities for offenders at Illawarra Reintegration Centre will be strongly focused on community projects work. 

​Illawarra Reintegration Centre will be retired in early-2020. For more information visit Better Prisons