Pardelup Prison Farm

Pardelup Prison Farm is a male prison near Mt Barker.

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.


Pardelup Prison Farm is a 6,500 acre minimum-security facility designed to reintegrate offenders back into the community.

There is a focus on providing education and training to prisoners, Pardelup maintains livestock, food production and associated industries.

Pardelup is a working farm, which focuses on breeding cattle and sheep for internal consumption by the prison population within Western Australia.

It plays a vital role in the prison system, providing constructive work for minimum-security prisoners re-integrating into the community.

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

Pardelup Prison Farm was initially opened in 1927. Following a successful community consultation in June 2002, Pardelup Prison Farm was converted into a work camp housing approximately 12 minimum-security prisoners.

Pardelup reopened as a prison farm in February 2010 due to the increase in the State's prison population.

How to book a visit

Bookings can be made by phone. All visits are by appointment only.

To make a booking by phone, call 9851 3715, 7 days a week during the following hours:

  • 7.00 am to 6.00 pm

Booking must be made prior to 4.00 pm on a Thursday for weekend visits. 

Walpole Work Camp visits

To make a booking by phone, call 9840 1411, 7 days a week during the following hours:

  • 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

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 hours

Pardelup Prison Farm

  • Weekends and Public Holidays (excluding Christmas Day)
    • 9.00 am to 2.00 pm

Walpole Work Camp

  • Weekends and Public Holidays (excluding Christmas Day) 
    • 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

Special visits

  • Special visits may be approved for extenuating and compassionate circumstances, between 9.00 am to 4.00 pm on weekdays (2 hours maximum visit)

Visitors need to go to the Visits Complex situated across from the car park. 

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

Maximum of two visitors per prisoner.

Visiting with children

Children are welcome to visit the prison provided those under the age of 18 years are supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

Children are welcome to visit the prison provided those under the age of 18 years are supervised by a responsible adult at all times. 

To book a visit with children please tell the prison when you book the visit.

A children’s play area, including an outdoor area is available at the prison.

Visitors may bring baby changing and feeding items.

Child visit restrictions may apply to some prisoners.

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

Pardelup Prison Farm is accessible by car on Muirs Highway. It is about a five hour drive from Perth. Parking is available to visitors.

 

 

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No bus service is available.

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 9851 3700 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: 

  • Online payment - we encourage the use of the online payment option. Send your request by completing and submitting the Prisoner Deposit Fund Form
  • EFTPOS (Monday to Friday onsite 9.00 am to 11.30 am and 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm)
  • Money order to:

Prisoners full name
Pardelup Prison Farm
PO Box 56
Mount Barker WA 6324

Alternatively the Cashier Office accepts EFTPOS and cash at the time of your visit. Cashier Office hours are 9.00 am to 11.30 am and 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm Monday to Friday. You can contact the Cashier office on 6 18 98513729.

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

Official Visitors

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

Official visitors can arrange a visiting time by appointment only by calling+61 8  9851 3715.

Official Visits are available Monday to Friday.

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Page reviewed 2 December 2022