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Loddon Prison

Note: the email address below is the Corrections Victoria general email; the prison does not have its own general email address.

  • Email corrections@justice.vic.gov.au
  • Phone 03 5471 1211
  • Fax 03 5471 1222
  • Postal address Private Bag 3
    Castlemaine VIC 3450
  • Street address Matheson Street
    Castlemaine VIC 3450

This information is specific to Loddon Prison. 

Please also refer to the general information about visiting a prisoner which is the same for all prisons in Victoria. This includes details of how to arrange to visit a prisoner for the first time, what identification you will need to take with you and what you cannot take into prisons.

Getting there

Car

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.
Phone 136 196 or visit V/Line (External link)

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.

Visiting times

To visit a prisoner, you must be on their approved list (refer to Arranging a visit in the general information for prison visitors). Once you are on the list, you can visit at any of the times below.

Contact visits

Saturday and Sunday

8am-3pm

No children are permitted before 10.30am on Saturday or 11am on Monday. Children are permitted all day on Sunday.

Visitors must vacate the visit centre prior to 3pm.

Monday

8.30am-3pm

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.

Visit conditions

For conditions of entry that apply to all prisons, such as general behaviour and the search process, refer to the general information for visiting a prisoner. The following additional details are specific to Loddon Prison.

Entry

Visitors enter the prison through the reception area into a waiting area equipped with lockers and toilets, where the visitors' process takes place. It is also where any authorised property for the prisoner is left prior to the visit, and where property sent out by the prisoner is collected on completion of the visit.

The visit centre is designed to promote a cheerful and pleasant atmosphere. Apart from the indoor area, there is a paved adjacent outdoor area with seating. A kiosk and a baby change room are located near the entrance foyer.

Smoking

The visit centre is a smoke-free area and tobacco products are not allowed.

Unauthorised items for visitors

Clutch purses, handbags, wallets, and mobile phones, pagers or any other communications devices are not permitted into the prison. A small plastic bag will be provided by the prison to visitors to convey monies and other small items of acceptable personal property.

Authorised items for visitors

The following items for children are allowed:

  • 1 change of clothing per child
  • 3 bibs
  • 2 baby bottles, formula already made up (no bottle bags or storage. There is a fridge available in the baby feeding area)
  • 1 toddler drinking cup with lid (empty, no juice or water)
  • 3 nappies, small quantity of wipes in plastic bag
  • 1 dummy (no toys or stuffed animals)
  • 2 manufacture-sealed tins/jars of baby food (no yoghurt)
  • 1 teething rusk (sealed packet)
  • 2 blankets
  • teething gel, nappy cream or any other medication (must be in a plastic bag clearly marked with your name and given to an officer in the visit centre – access to these items can be gained as required)

No other items are acceptable without specific approval.

Property & money

Property

An approved visitor may leave authorised property and monies for prisoners at visitors reception' on visit days. The following guidelines are provided:

The following clothing will be accepted:

  • 3 pairs of underwear (boxer shorts, jockettes or a combination of both)
  • 1 pair of long johns or thermals (white, long or short-sleeved)
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 4 singlets (white)
  • 4 t-shirts (white, long or short-sleeved, no v-neck, no collar, no buttons, no pockets, no logos of any description)
  • 4 handkerchiefs (new in packet)
  • 1 pair of pyjamas

Clothing for court or release must have been given prior approval by an operations manager. These items are to be placed directly into the prisoner’s property, not to be issued.

Please note that all clothing must be new.

The following items will be accepted:

  • a maximum of two local newspapers (not the Herald Sun, The Age and the like which may be purchased via the prison)
  • a maximum of three reading books (soft or hard cover)
  • a maximum of six photographs standard size (no Polaroids)
  • two towels (light colour only, up to 170cm x 90cm in size)
  • one calendar (no larger than A4 size, not laminated)
  • legal papers
  • a maximum of two magazines

The following magazines are not acceptable:

  • restricted magazines
  • weapons magazines
  • magazines showing excessive violence
  • hydroponics or home brewing magazines
  • Picture and People magazines
  • tattoo magazines
  • disks contained within a magazine

Please note that all property received at Loddon Prison will be receipted at visitors reception on visit days and processed and issued via the prisoners' property store. 

Money

Refer to Property & money for details of how much money can be deposited for a prisoner and in what format.

Prison profile

Loddon Prison is a campus-style prison within a secure perimeter, providing accommodation for 64 minimum and 336 medium security prisoners. The landscaped grounds, modern buildings and wide range of programs and activities provide an environment, which as closely as possible resembles those available in the general community.

Security level

Medium

Operational capacity

444 (30 June 2014)

Accommodation

  • four-bedroom, self-contained units with a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry, communal bathroom and living room
  • three two-storey single cell blocks divided into units of 34 or 36 cells, each with a toilet, shower, hand basin, bed, desk, chair, shelving, bed light, notice board, mirror, floor carpet, window, curtains, television, heating and intercom

History

Loddon Prison was the second Victorian prison designed specifically for unit management (Barwon Prison was the first). Construction began in February 1988 and cost $29 million. The first prisoners arrived in August 1990 after Castlemaine Prison closed.

Read Loddon Prison Visitor Information.