Darko Desic managed to escape from Grafton Correctional Centre on the night of August 1, 1992 by using tools, including a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters.
He was 13 months into his three-and-a-half year sentence for growing marijuana.
Despite an extensive search, Desic was nowhere to be found.
Desic was living in a home in Avalon, but struggled to pay rent and was recently evicted after work dried up because of the pandemic.
The 64-year-old was sleeping on the beach until he decided life behind bars would be "much easier" than being "homeless".
On Sunday morning, he decided to hand himself into Dee Why Police Station.