Liddell covers 1133 ha, is 35 m deep and has a storage capacity
of 152 000 megalitres. It was constructed to store cooling water
(replenished by the Hunter River) to the Liddell Power Station
which produces 2000 megawatts of electricity from four steam-driven
turbo-generators, using coal from local mines as their fuel
source. The generators sit inside a turbine hall which is 300
m long, 40 m wide and 34 m high.
you are heading south along the New England Highway the access
road to the recreation area runs off to the left about 13 km
from Muswellbrook. It continues on past the lake and some open-cut
mining through scenic countryside. After about 7 km there is
a right turn which will take you the 8 km back to the highway.
Boat ramp is provided. There are no boating restrictions
There is a bird sanctuary, a picnic-barbecue area, an oval,
tennis courts, a parking area, a kiosk, toilets and showers.
A small fee is charged for usage.
Gates to recreation area are closed from 10pm - 7am.
Camping with caravan access is permitted on site. Motel / hotel
style accommodation available in Muswellbrook. See Accommodation
page for details.