Find information on how our essential services will continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 4300Fax: (02) 6542 4359
PO Box 597Muswellbrook NSW 2333
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.
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.
Bookings are not required.
Before travelling for a visit, please call the correctional centre to confirm visiting times.
Saturday and Sunday
Some public holidays falling on Monday or Friday only:
Visitor Centre opens at 9:30am to process visitors who must leave the centre prior to 2:30pm.
Monday to Sunday:
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.
Inmates participate in community projects as part of a Mobile Outreach Program to assist them with their re-integration.
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.