Chichester Dam was constructed between 1917 and 1926 located at the top of the Williams River catchment. You will find picnic areas with wooden barbecues and a area for children to play.
Chichester Dam was constructed as the Hunter's first dedicated drinking water storage system. Chichester Dam is one of the Hunter's most important freshwater storage facilities contributing about 35 per cent of the Lower Hunter's portable water supply.
Located at the top of the Williams River catchment the dam replaced the Walka Water Works at Maitland, which was unable to meet the water demands of a growing industrial region. The catchment for Chichester Dam is largely within the Barrington Tops National Park, which is a declared wilderness area. As a result it is one of the most pristine catchments in Australia with large areas unaffected by human activity.