Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

All personal visits to adult prisons are currently suspended.

Personal visits will resume on advice from health authorities, and we will keep prisoners and visitors updated. 

Prisoners have increased access to phone and video calls, emails and letters. See the Contacting a prisoner page for information.

If you are a legal practitioner or professional service provider, please refer to the Professional phone and video calls page.

Please see Our response to coronavirus (COVID-19) page for information on other measures that Corrections Victoria is taking to protect the health and wellbeing of prisoners and staff. 

The latest on coronarvirus (COVID-19) is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website (External link).

03 5471 1211
Note: the email address above is the Corrections Victoria general email; the prison does not have its own general email address.
03 5471 1222
Postal address
Private Bag 3
Street address
Matheson Street

The information below is specific to Loddon.

Please also refer to the general information about contacting a prisoner which is the same for all prisons in Victoria.


Getting 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.

At Hitchcock Street a left turn is clearly indicated. This will take you 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 (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 Contacting a prisoner for current information for prison visitors). Once you are on the list, you can visit at any of the times below.

Contact visits

Saturday and Sunday 

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.

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 current information for contacting a prisoner. The following additional details are specific to Loddon Prison.


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.


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 and money

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)

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 SunThe 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. 


Refer to Property and 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. 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


Operational capacity

468 (30 June 2019)


  • 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.


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 and Middleton visitor information.



Middleton is a restricted-minimum rated men’s prison that opened in July 2014. Prisoners at Middleton live in self-catered, cottage style accommodation where they are responsible for cooking their own meals.

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.

Visiting times

Contact visit with children Saturday & Sunday 8.00am – 3.00pm Max. duration of three (3) hours.
Contact visit with no children Saturday & Sunday 8.00am – 3.00pm Max. duration of three (3) hours.
Non contact (box visit) Saturday & Sunday 8.00am – 3.00pm Max. duration of one (1) hour.

Middleton will not be facilitating special public holiday visits in the near future.

Operational capacity

248 (30 June 2019)

E-mail: (External link)

Phone:    03 5411 1000
Fax:         03 5411 1099

Read Loddon Prison and Middleton Visitor information.