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Cessnock Correctional Centre

Cessnock Correctional Complex is a minimum and maximum security facility for male offenders. It is located in the Hunter Valley, 151km north-west of Sydney and 48km west of Newcastle. Cessnock is also a reception centre for the Newcastle/Hunter region.


Lindsay St
Cessnock NSW 2325

Phone: (02) 4993 2333

The entrance to the complex is the corner of Mavis and Lindsay Street Cessnock. You will need to enter this into any 'navigational' device, as most devices such as Navman, Google maps, Garman and mobile phone apps appear to use an incorrect access Road (Kerlew Street).

Postal Address

PO Box 32
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

From Sydney take the Cessnock turnoff on the M1 Motorway and follow the signs to Cessnock. Turn right at the first set of lights into Vincent St and follow it to the end. Turn left at the lights into Wollombi Rd.

Proceed through the small roundabout and take the next right into Mount View Rd (following the sign marked "Correctional Centre"). Take the third right into Nelson St and turn right into Lindsay St. Follow Lindsay St to the complex.

From the New England Highway, travelling south from Singleton, turn off at Branxton and follow the signs to Cessnock. Stay on Allandale road until it ends and turn right onto Wollombi Rd. From there the directions are the same as for the route from Sydney.

From Maitland, turn left at the roundabout near Maitland station on the New England Highway. Follow the signs to Cessnock through Kurri Kurri, Weston, Abermain and Neath continuing on the same road through to Cessnock.

Pass through two sets of traffic lights and you are on Wollombi Rd. Follow the same directions as for the route from Sydney.

The entrance to Cessnock Correctional Complex is the corner of Mavis & Lindsay Street Cessnock. 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 (Kerlew Street).

Visitor Information


Effective 24 September 2018 Bookings are required when visiting minimum and maximum security inmates. 

As from 18 February 2019, bookings can be made between 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm Wednesday (Minimum & Maximum Security), Thursday (Minimum & Maximum Security) and Friday (Minimum & Maximum Security). 

Phone the visit bookings line on (02) 4993 2285.

Visit times:

Minimum security inmates

Saturday and Sundays (booking required)

  • 8:30am to 11:00am
  • 12:10pm to 2:45pm

Maximum security inmates

Saturday and Sundays (1 hour visits) commencing at 8.45am - last visit is at 2pm (Bookings Required).


Minimum Security Inmates

  • When visiting minimum security inmates you can take standard items necessary for infant and child care. 
  • Up to $20 in coins per inmate visitor group are permitted to be taken in for purchases from the visits area canteen or vending machines.

Maximum Security Inmates

  • No items are permitted to be taken into the centre when visiting maximum security inmates. 
  • There are no vending machines or shop facilities available in the visiting area.

Both Minimum and Maximum Security Inmates

  • Bring a $2 coin for locker hire.
  • Make sure you have appropriate current photo identification ( e.g. driver’s licence, passport)
  • Enclosed footwear MUST be worn (no open toes or heels). 
  • Appropriate clothing MUST be worn (no midriffs, low-cut. backless, sleeveless, singlets or strapless tops or short shirts)
  • No hooded jumpers/jackets, scarves or handkerchiefs. Hats and Sunglasses are at the discretion of the officers depending on weather conditions.
  • All jewellery must be removed including ear and body piercings (with the exception of wedding bands).
  • Anyone wearing open shoes or inappropriate clothing will be refused entry.
  • On arrival take a ticket and wait for your number to be called and complete a “Green Slip” before proceeding to the visits processing counter.

Legal Visits

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

Notification of intention to visit must be made by faxing a letter of appointment to (02) 4993 2282, 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.


Cessnock is a large industrial complex employing inmates in a wide variety of jobs that include:

  • Engineering (mostly light fabrication)
  • Furniture manufacture (upholstery and timber products)
  • Demountable refurbishment for the Department of Education
  • A food services facility where lunches are prepared for nearby correctional centres and food processing for kitchens around the state
  • Ground and building maintenance
  • A commercial laundry servicing the centre's needs with the capacity assist external clients
  • Staff canteen and a number of hygiene programs.

In all business and service units, inmates are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of vocational programs as part of their work readiness and return to the community.

Construction worker pictogram

Construction update

From 9 October to 1 November 2019, the Lindsay Street entrance to Cessnock Correctional Centre will be closed for construction work. All access to and from the complex will be via Kerlew Street, Nulkaba, during this time.