Welcome to Tocal Homestead
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Tocal has one of Australia's finest collections of colonial farm buildings from the 1820's. Tocal Homestead won the Hunter Central Coast award for excellence in tourism in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Homestead is open at weekends from March to November [times] and for groups at other times by appointment.
Tocal Homestead offers group tours for adults, and there are special heritage and farm tours for school children. Tocal's Visitor Centre is a premium venue for wedding receptions in the Hunter Valley [details]. Tocal Homestead is a member of the Allyn and Paterson Valley Tourist group [details].
Latest News Items
New website coming soon!
The tocal.com website is undergoing a facelift! Behind the scenes we are working on a new site structure and design that will improve the visitor experience. Due for release in March, it will make information easier to find and access. Watch this space!
ABC News features Tocal students
ABC News recently screened a story on the increasing number of females undertaking Agricultural studies. They interviewed two Tocal students ... watch the screening.
Tocal Australian stock horse sale 2013
Tocal's annual stock horse sale held on Sunday 3 November, 2013 was once again successful for the College, according to College Principal Dr Cameron Archer. The average price for Tocal horses was $6,865.... read the media release. The sale catalogue, videos and pictures of the horses are online.
Tocal pool 2013-2014 season
The Tocal pool is open for business. Find out more information including our ticket prices, opening times and swimming club ... further information.
New publication - Convict tools
Convicts are a fascinating part of Australia's history, but has their role been over-dramatised and distorted? The new publication 'Convict tools - Working at Camden Park and Tocal' is part of the 'All about Tocal' book series. It brings to life the day to day working lives of convicts in private assignment... read more.
Successful 2013 Tocal Field Days
Fine, sunny weather and great community support saw a very successful Tocal Field Days with crowds out in force to enjoy a day in the country. Attendance was up on last years with a total of 24,000 people attending the event.... read the full media release.
Tocal heritage listing welcome
Tocal College has cemented its place in the region's history with its inclusion on the State Heritage Register ... further information.
Tocal College graduation 2013
Tocal on-property weaner sale
The second on-property sale of Tocal beef weaners held on Saturday 23 March was a great success ... further information.
Tocal's convict barracks find new lease of life
From the Maitland Mercury: a building once used to house convicts and their families at historic Tocal Homestead will be reincarnated into self-contained accommodation for visitors and wedding guests. Built in the late 1830s as housing for convict workers on the property, the Tocal Barracks fell into a state of disrepair during the 1920s. But now the building is about to be granted a new lease on life ... read article.
Daly Kidd Cottage goes back - watch the video
The old white cottage that stood near Tocal Road for decades has now been re-instated to its original position at Tocal Homestead. See the video of the move on 19 December 2012 ... watch video. You can also read background information.
Guide to Tocal on iPad or iPhone
Get a free Guide to Tocal as an ebook on your iPad or iPhone ... download now.
TESA newsletter 2012
Tocal Exstudents Association (TESA) has released its 2012 newsletter ... read.
New visitor reception centre for Tocal Homestead
Weekend visitors to Tocal Homestead now enter the heritage site through a new visitor reception centre. The Homestead's old dairy building has been adaptively re-used as a reception centre to welcome day visitors. The refurbished building provides visitors with information on the Tocal heritage site, book and merchandise sales, refreshment facilities and local tourist information. The previous Visitor Centre is now fully committed to weddings and functions ... read more.
Refurbishment of Tocal's convict barracks
Your support for the refurbishment of Tocal's convict barracks would be greatly appreciated ... read more.