Loddon Prison Precinct




Below is official information.  

The reality is very different as was shown in the NSW Inspector's Report.

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Postal Address

Private Bag 3
Castlemaine VIC 3450

Street Address

Matheson Street
Castlemaine VIC 3450

How to Get There


Loddon Prison is situated about 2km from the centre of Castlemaine, 128km north-west of Melbourne.

From Melbourne, take the Calder Freeway in the direction of Bendigo. From the freeway, take the Maryborough/Elphinstone/Castlemaine exit. Travel through Chewton to the outskirts of Castlemaine. A left turn off to the prison is clearly indicated at Hitchcock Street which will lead you directly into the prison grounds. Visitors travelling from Bendigo, Maryborough or Daylesford need to drive through Castlemaine and turn right at Hitchcock Street.

Public transport

A regular train services runs to Castlemaine for visitors from Melbourne and Bendigo. 
Check the timetables and reservation requirements with V/Line.

A courtesy bus transfers visitors from Castlemaine to Loddon Prison and back again on Saturdays and Sundays. A timetable is available online from Metlink (Route 6: Castlemaine to Chewton via Loddon Prison). Travel on this bus is free upon presentation of a valid V/Line ticket.

Phone no.

 03 5471 1211





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 Contact visits

Saturday and Sunday


No children are permitted before 10:30 on Saturday or 11:00 on Monday. Children are permitted all day on Sunday.

Visitors must vacate the visit centre prior to 15:00.



2.5 hours is the maximum visit time.

Only two visits may take place over the three-day period (Saturday, Sunday, Monday).

A maximum of four adult visitors are permitted per visit.

Non-contact visits

Some prisoners or visitors may only be entitled to non-contact visits (box visits) whereby the prisoner and visitor are separated by glass. These visits are one hour in duration.

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