Tocal Homestead is now open to visitors every Sunday between 10.00am and 3.00pm from March to November.
This magnificent homestead and its surrounding collection of colonial farm buildings dating back to the 1830's, are a national treasure and are listed on the National Heritage Register.
Visitors are welcome to explore and interpret this wonderful site and enjoy the stunning views.
Concession $5.50 (Students, pension card holders, seniors)
Children free (0-15 years)
Prices include an informative, self-paced audio tour of the homestead and surrounding complex using 'Acoustiguide' equipment.
Tea, coffee, devonshire teas, cold drinks, books and souvenirs are on sale at the Tocal Visitor reception.
Note: Prices not valid Tocal Field Days and special events.
Valued visitor program
After you have paid a visit to Tocal Homestead, ask about joining the Valued Visitor Program. This allows you free entry on subsequent visits when you bring family and friends. To join, enquire at our Tocal Visitor reception.
The Barracks, Tocal
Situated on one of Australia's oldest colonial working farms, The Barracks provides boutique accommodation on a unique heritage site.
Four suites have been beautifully restored to provide elegant comforts in the same space where convicts and farmhands worked and toiled over 150 years ago. Each suite allows guests to enjoy the same views of sweeping hillsides and colonial buildings in air conditioned comfort. For those cool evenings, at the push of a button, a restored fireplace is available to warm the sitting room.
The sitting room, kitchenette and bathroom are downstairs while upstairs are the sleeping quarters. Queen sized beds are in three of the suites with one suite providing two king sized single beds.
Tea and coffee making facilities are available in each little kitchenette with a Nespresso machine, kettle, toaster and a bar fridge provided.
A breakfast hamper is complimentary and delivered to your suite each morning of your stay.
If the view from the room isn't enough, enjoy a cup of tea outside on the verandah while watching the farm animals graze nearby.
While each suite has the same floor plans (Hazell and Waggoner suites having additional windows as at the ends of The Barracks building) they have all been furnished differently.
The Hazell suite is the preferred bridal suite. With a beautiful chaise upstairs for the bride to relax in and a majestic restored 150 year old mirror, this suite has ample natural light for pre wedding preparations. Well positioned coat hooks have also been provided in the bedroom for the bride's dress.
The Hover suite is well suited for traveling companions or partners who prefer their own beds with two king single sized beds upstairs.
On the western end of The Barracks, the Smith suite is a beautifully furnished suite with queen bed upstairs.
On the western end of The Barracks, the Waggoner suite is a beautifully furnished suite with queen bed upstairs. It provides spectacular views and sunsets.
Want to know more
Please note that children under the age of 16 cannot be accommodated at The Barracks. However we do welcome all ages in the Tocal College cottages, units and flats.
Tocal Homestead now has a free app which takes you around the stories of the site. you can use it as an audio tour when you visit Tocal, or if you just want to find out more at Tocal : it's Wonnarua heritage, convict buildings, Rolls Royces, its glory days as a stud and the beginnings of the College, through to the place it is today.
Tocal is a colonial homestead, working farm and agricultural training centre in the Hunter Valley.
The Tocal story spans thousands of years and gives us an insight into the many people who have called this place home.
From artifacts of the Wonnarua people to one of Australia's finest collections of farm buildings from the early 1800s, to a renowned Hereford and Thoroughbred stud, to a modern working farm for agricultural training, you will trace the history through the stories of the people who have shaped Tocal.
It's a story of hard times, drought, fire, flood and storms; and of the passing of generations and the need to move on. But it is also a story about the changing face of rural Australia and the resilience and innovation of Australian farmers.
Download this app to accompany your self-guided tour of the property, or explore Tocal from anywhere in the world.