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St Heliers

St Heliers Correctional Centre is a minimum security institution for males situated on the outskirts of Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley, 128km north-west of Newcastle and 242km north of Sydney.



70 St Heliers Road (off McCullys Gap Rd)
Muswellbrook NSW 2333

Phone: (02) 6542 4300
Fax: (02) 6542 4359

Postal Address

PO Box 597
Muswellbrook NSW 2333

How to Get There

Public Transport

Muswellbrook railway station on Market Street is 6km from the centre (taxi fare $14-17). Visit NSW TrainLink for timetables or call (02) 6543 2045 for further details.

There is no public bus service currently available to the centre. ​

Private Transport

St Heliers Correctional Centre is located 6km from the Muswellbrook CBD. Travel north through Muswellbrook along the New England Highway, turn right into McCullys Gap Road and continue for 2km. Take the first left turn and follow the signs to the centre. There is limited parking available.

​Visitor Information


Visit bookings will be on Tuesday and Thursday only between:

  • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

The number to call for visit bookings is 65424380.

We are currently conducting video link visits only during COVID-19.


  • All visitors must be registered.
  • If a public holiday falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday there will be no visits.
  • No smoking on visits.
  • Visitors will be required to supply proof of identification, including photo ID.
  • Up to four people, excluding children under 10 years, will be allowed for each visit.
  • No food or drinks are allowed to be brought into the centre. Food and drinks can be purchased from the Visits Canteen situated in the visits area.
  • Please remember to bring change as none is available (maximum $50 per adult in coins only).

Legal Visits

Monday to Sunday: 

  • 9:00am to 11:30am
  • 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Prior to legal visits, a letter of request must be faxed to General Manager - fax: 02 6542 4396 or by calling 6542 4300. 


Inmates are trained and employed in six business units including beef production, vegetable farming, welding, spray painting, furniture refurbishment, vegetable preparation, farming, laundry and housing construction. Inmates are also employed in six service industries, including catering, ground maintenance, building maintenance, and domestic work. 

Education​ and training

Special Programs

Inmates participate in community projects as part of a Mobile Outreach Program to assist them with their re-integration.

Community Involvement

Inmates participate in the development and maintenance of community recreational, sporting and tourist areas; ground maintenance of Memorial Drive and local cemeteries; building and maintenance of the Riding for the Disabled Centre; restoration of community halls; assisting local bushfire brigade services; restoration of disaster-affected areas; local, regional and State community promotions and charity activities.


The property of 515 hectares is part of the original "St Heliers" property, which was settled by Lieutenant Colonel Henry Dumaresq and named after a town on the Isle of Jersey.

The property passed hands several times before being bought by the State Government in 1945. It was used as a child welfare institution until its closure in 1986.

The property was purchased by Corrective Services from the Department of Youth and Community Services in 1988. After major refurbishment it opened as a correctional centre in September 1989.