Bunbury Regional Prison

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

Important information for visitors

Visits are returning to pre-COVID normal operation, however for the health and wellbeing of all, we ask that you continue to take some precautions when visiting family and friends.

If you are unwell or have symptoms, please do not attend a face-to-face visit, alternatively an E-visit can be booked through the relevant facility.

Please wear a mask if you have been declared a close contact.

It is recommended that all persons continue to practice COVID-Safe hygiene habits, including hand washing/sanitising and covering coughs and sneezes.

Please be aware that social visits may be temporarily suspended if there are high numbers of COVID-19 cases at a facility.

We will endeavour to minimise disruption to visits and thank you for your patience and understanding.


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

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.

Please advise staff if you’re a new visitor when making a booking. New visitors will be required to complete a Visitor Declaration Form (DOCX), produce 100 points of ID and have their photograph taken to become a registered social visitor. 

E-Visitors not attending the prison in person (due to living in a remote community, interstate or overseas) will be required to have  the Visitor Declaration Form witnessed by a person authorised under Oaths, Affidavits and Statutory Declarations Act 2005  and emailed to the prison prior to their E-Visit booking. Visitors are to ensure they have their 100 points of ID (refer to the Visitor Identification Form (DOCX)) ready prior to the commencement of the E-Visit. Interstate E-Visitors are not required to produce the 100 points of ID but must provide a photo ID.

Registered visitors are not required to bring ID into the prison, however visitors should have photo ID readily available (ie in their locker) as they may be asked at any time to produce it.

Visiting times (including pre-release)

Visiting times at the main prison

Saturday to Thursday and Public Holidays:

  • 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 for Unit 3 only

Saturday to Thursday and Public Holidays:

  • 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.

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

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

Saturday:

  • 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

Saturday:

  • 12.45 pm to 2.45 pm

Visitor Code of Conduct and Dress Standards

Social visitors are expected to dress appropriately for the prison environment to preserve the good order and security of the prison and the safety of visitors.

Read and learn more about Visitor Code of Conduct

Read and learn more about Visitor Dress Standards

Getting there

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.

 

 

Aboriginal visitor information

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.

Prisoner's welfare concern

If you have serious concerns regarding the safety and wellbeing of a prisoner in custody, you can call 61 8 9795 2155 to request a welfare check be undertaken.

Calls to this number are for emergency purposes only.

You will be asked to provide your name, the prisoner's name, your relationship to the prisoner and the nature of and reason for your concerns.

Note: No information regarding a prisoner can be released to a third party without the prisoner's written consent.

Sending money to prisoners

Money can be transferred to a prisoner once you are a registered visitor via:

Alternatively the Cashier Office accepts EFTPOS and cash at the time of your visit.  Cashier Office hours are 9.00 am to 12.00 pm and 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm Monday to Friday. Contact the Cashier Office on 61 8 9795 2647.

The Cashier Office does not carry change and is located at the Gatehouse.

The Gatehouse accepts Cash only on the weekends at the time of your visit.

You can send a money order to:

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

Official Visitors

Official Visitors are different from social visitors and must have permission to visit in an official capacity.

For more information or to make an official visit booking please email BunburyOfficialVisits@justice.wa.gov.au.

Official visits are available Monday to Thursday

  • 9.15 am to 11.30 am
  • 1.15 pm to 2.45 pm.
Page reviewed 2 December 2022