Bunbury Regional Prison

Bunbury Regional Prison is a male prison in WA's south west.

Face-to-face social visits to prisons in the Perth and Peel regions and the Banksia Hill Detention Centre have resumed from Sunday, 14 February 2021. Bookings for all facilities are now open.

We thank you for your patience as we work to ensure all people in custody are given the opportunity to see their family, friends and support networks.

A number of prisoners at Bunbury assist with working on community projects throughout the South-West region.

Bunbury's focus is on self-sufficiency and a major feature of the prison is a market garden which supplies a large proportion of the fresh vegetables used throughout WA's prison system.

Visitors may be searched

Visitors may be searched when they enter prison grounds. Tough new penalties for trafficking contraband to apply from 27 June 2020.

This includes the use of drug detection dogs which are used to detect prohibited items and substances. Searches include visitors' cars in the prison car park.

Handheld devices such as metal detectors will be used to ensure that visitors are not attempting to smuggle contraband inside the prison.

The Superintendent is authorised to examine any article in the visitor’s possession, including items of clothing. Where items of clothing are required to be removed for examination, prison officers of the same sex as the visitor will perform the search, or where the visitor is a child it will be a female officer.

No cameras, no drugs, no weapons, no alcohol

How to book a visit

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Bookings can be made by phone.

To make a booking call 9795 5074 Monday to Friday during the following hours:

  • 9.30 am to 11.30 am
  • 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm

All visits must be booked 24 hours in advance.

Visiting times (including pre-release)

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Visiting times at the main prison

Everyday including public holidays (except Fridays):

  • 9.15 am to 11.15 am
  • 1.15 pm to 2.45 pm

Adults only on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Visiting times at Unit 3 only

Everyday including public holidays (except Fridays):

  • 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm

Visiting times for pre-release only

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays:

  • 9.30 am to 11.30 am
  • 12.45 pm to 2.45 pm
  • Adults only on Saturday mornings: 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Visiting times for Unit 5 only

  • Saturday - 12.00 pm to 2.45 pm
  • Sunday - 8.30 am to 11.30 am

Note: There are no visits on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Visitors should plan to arrive at the prison at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled visit time for security screening.

The Visitor's Centre is signed and is the building next to the car park. Not the gatehouse.

Visiting with Children

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Children can visit on the following days and times:

Monday, Thursday and Sunday:

  • 9.30 am to 11.30 am
  • 12.45 pm to 2.45 pm


  • 12.45 pm to 2.45 pm

Children can visit pre-release prisoners on the following days and times:

Sunday and public holidays:

  • 9.30 am to 11.30 am
  • 12.45 pm to 2.45 pm


  • 12.45 pm to 2.45 pm

Getting there

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Car Suspension

 The prison is about 15 minutes drive from Bunbury town centre.

Visitor parking is available.


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 Visit Transwa for more public transport options.



What to wear

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When you come for your visit you will have to make sure you've dressed appropriately.

  • No revealing clothing
  • No see-through clothing
  • No ripped or torn clothing
  • No gang colours or offensive logos
  • No tight-fitting clothing or lycra
  • No steel-capped boots
  • No hi-visibility clothing
  • No headwear
  • No smartwatches
  • No swimwear
  • No excessive jewellery 

Visitors to prison must wear underwear and footwear. 

Pants and skirts/dresses should be longer than mid-thigh.

Exemptions for legitimate cultural, religious or medical reasons or at the discretion of the Security Manager.

You will need to put your mobile phone, bags and personal items in a locker at your visit.

What you can wear to prison. A group of people wearing appropriate and unacceptable clothes.

Aboriginal visitor information

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The Department of Justice recognises the importance of maintaining the prisoner’s family relationships and links with their community. For more information visit Aboriginal visitors.

Sending money to prisoners

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You can transfer a prisoner money cash or money transfer.

You can give cash, money orders or cheques to the cashier office during your visit. The cashier does not carry change. The cashier is located near the gatehouse.

You can send a money order or cheque to:

Prisoner's full name
Bunbury Regional Prison
PO Box 444
Bunbury WA 6230

Official Visitors

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Some Official Visitors are different from social visitors and may require the permission from the Minister for Corrective Services.

To make an official visit booking please email AJS-AC-RP-BUN-OfficialVisits@justice.wa.gov.au

Cannot find what you are looking for?

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Our website has changed! Welcome to the new Department of Justice website. It might be that what you're looking for is on our old website, try searching over there.

Content and services will be migrated to the new site from February 2020.


News story

Contraband penalty increase

Warning for prison visitors as social visits resume. Tough new penalties for trafficking contraband to apply from 27 June 2020.
Page reviewed 26 March 2021