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Chichester Dam - Hunter Valley

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Published November 1st 2014
Enjoy the wonders that Chichester Dam has on offer
In the wilderness of Barrington Tops National Park lies the pristine catchment of Chichester Dam.

Constructed between 1917 and 1926, the Dam wall is two hundred and fifty metres long and forty three metres high. It was the Hunter Valley's first dedicated drinking water storage system and today it is still the Hunter's most important freshwater storage facility that is contributing about 35 per cent of the Lower Hunter's potable water supply!

A view of Chichester Dam on an overcast day...

The Dam is situated in the beautiful Dungog region of the Hunter Valley and the dam is largely within the awe-inspiring Barrington Tops National Park and is the oldest Dam in the Hunter region.

Surrounding the Dam, there are three well maintained picnic areas to be enjoyed. Duncan and Hindley Parks both have hot water for making tea and coffee.

Duncan Park...

This is the perfect spot to escape the city and enjoy nature...

All the picnic areas have wood fired BBQs, so do not forget to pack some lunch and there is no need for the picnic blanket as there are plenty of covered picnic tables...

The picnic areas, especially Duncan, are absolutely beautiful with the surrounding forest being the backdrop and a river with small cascades running through the picnic area. It is certainly a break spot you want to take!

Across Chichester Dam there are a few wonderful walks to do, which offer views of the Dam from different perspectives. So do take the time to enjoy some of these walks. Do note that some of the walks contain stairs.

The view of the empty Spillway...

Chichester Dam is the perfect family or romantic escape. With the Dam and the beautiful lush surroundings of bushlands, including the picnic areas this is the perfect escape from the city or a great stop over. If you are staying nearby, this is definitely a place to add to the to do list!

There are toilet facilities, covered picnic tables and wood fired BBQs. All roads are sealed.
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Why? Perfect escape from the city & picnic spot
When: All year round - Monday-Friday: 8am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Where: Chichester Dam Road, Dungog (Hunter Valley)
Cost: Free
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