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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
Tocal Homestead used to film footage for Who do you think you are? SBS program
Well known Australian actor Michael Caton has been subject of a Who do you think you are? program on SBS. The program developers used Brian Walsh's research on convicts of Tocal Homestead in making the program. They visited with Michael Caton and shot a fair bit at Tocal Homestead. You can view the episode that has already screened from the SBS website here ... watch episode.
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.
Tocal Australian Stock Horse Sale 2012
Tocal's annual stock horse sale held on Saturday 4 November 2012 was once again successful for the College, according to College Principal Dr Cameron Archer. The average price for Tocal horses was $5,274 with a full clearance of horses ... read more. The sale catalogue, list of prices realised and videos of the horses are online.
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.