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South Coast

The South Coast Correctional Centre opened on 10 December 2010 to accommodate 600 offenders, classified and on remand.

The Centre caters primarily for inmates from the South Coast, between Helensburgh and the Victorian border, and is located in South Nowra, 7km from the Nowra CBD.


55 The Links Road (via Oxford Street)
Nowra Hill NSW 2541

Phone: (02) 4424 6000
Fax: (02) 4424 6099

Postal Address

PO Box 538
Nowra NSW 2541

How to Get There

The Centre is located approximately 168km south of Sydney, 86km south of Wollongong, 115km north of Batemans Bay and 206km north west of Canberra.

Public Transport

CityRail Trains- 131 500

The nearest railway station (Bomaderry) is located 10km north of the centre. Visit NSW TrainLink for timetables

Nowra Coaches - 02 4423 5244

Pick up and drop off to the centre is available by request when making visitor bookings.

Nowra Taxi Service- 4421 0333.

Private Transport

Continue along the Princes Highway to South Nowra. Turn right at the roundabout (after Bunnings) on to Central Avenue. Turn left into Oxford Street (after the Good Guys) and through the roundabout. Continue along The Links Road to the gaol.​

Visitor car parking is available.

​Visitor Information

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


All visits must be pre-booked by calling (02) 4424 6075. Please provide details of every person visiting.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9am and 3pm

Visit times:

Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 3pm


  • Bring a $2 coin for locker hire.
  • Each visit group is permitted to bring up to $30 in coins for snack vending machines.
  • Enclosed footwear must be worn (no open toes or heels). Anyone wearing open shoes will be refused entry.
  • Appropriate clothing must be worn (no midriffs, low-cut, backless, sleeveless, strapless tops or short skirts).
  • 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 Information

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

Legal Visits

Legal practitioners may visit Monday-Friday between 9am and 2pm. Notice of intention to visit must be fax (4424 6109) on letterhead to the Manager of Security at least 48 hours in advance. 

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. 

Education and training

Corrective Services Industries

Inmates are offered employment and vocational training opportunities while in custody.

Sector 1 maximum security inmates are employed in furniture manufacturing, packing and assembly work, internal ground maintenance and hygiene operations.

Sector 2 manufacture cubby houses, package and distribute inmate breakfast packs, do internal ground maintenance work and hygiene operations.

Sector 3 minimum inmates do engineering, internal ground maintenance, hygiene Operations, laundry, food services, external ground maintenance work and community projects as well as participate in the Mobile Outreach Program.