Back to Tocal weekend

back-tocalA big celebration weekend in July 2015 marked 50 years of education at Tocal College. The "Back to Tocal" weekend was an opportunity for past staff, students, industry and community members to visit Tocal and renew friendships and acquaintances. One of the main attractions during the weekend was the Tocal Shindig BBQ on the Saturday night. Guests enjoyed tours of the farms and homestead, were treated to live entertainment, a large bonfire and fireworks.

The weekend was a joint initiative of the College, CB Alexander Foundation, Tocal Ex-Students Association, Friends of Tocal and Tocal Field Days. These organisations have contributed to make Tocal what it is today. The celebration of 50 years is important for the College but also for the local and wider community who have been so supportive of the College for the past 50 years. 

View the event highlights on Tocal College Flickr.

 

  • General information
  • Tours
  • BBQ & fireworks
  • Peek into the Past
  • Displays
  • Program & map

Opening times

Saturday:  9am - 11pm
Sunday:    9am - 4pm

 

Information desk

Collect your lanyard at the Information Desk on arrival from 9am. The lanyard contains tickets to tours, BBQ shindig and other pre-booked activities. You will be asked to display your lanyard on tours and tickets for the BBQ.

 

Parking

Car parking will be available in designated car parks across campus. Parking attendants will be on site for high traffic times. We ask for your assistance in taking care when driving on site.

 

Accommodation

Campus accommodation

If you have booked accommodation in any of our on-campus rooms, you can collect your keys at the Information Desk on arrival. All campus rooms are now fully booked.

Camping

On-site camping (non-powered) is available in designated areas on the campus at $20 per night. Close to amenities. 

 

Food and beverages 

Food and beverages will be available throughout the weekend. There will be a bar service operating Saturday evening 4-10pm during the BBQ. Coffee and ice-cream van on site throughout the weekend.

Breakfast:  On sale in the Dining Hall (Sunday only)

Lunch:  On sale at Paterson Rotary van

Morning/Afternoon Tea:  Will be served in the breezeway - see times in program

 

Contact

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Telephone:  02 4939 8888

 

 

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It is recommended that you pre-book your tours beforehand using the booking form, as you will need to display your lanyard at collection points. This will ensure your spot on the bus at a time appropriate to you. 

Dairy tour

Plenty has changed at Tocal, but cows have been milked every day or 50 years. The dairy tour will include a guided tour of the dairy buildings and farm tour aboard the Tocal people mover. (Approx 1 hour duration)

Where:  Meet your guide at the front college steps     Time:  See program for times

 

Farm tour

Jump aboard a coach and reacquaint yourself with the college farms, paddocks and infrastructure. (Approx 1 1/2 hours)

Where:  Meet your bus at the front college steps     Time:  See program for times

 

Campus walking tour

Take a guided walk around Tocal campus and engross yourself in the college architecture. See what's new since you were last here. (Approx 30 mins)

Where:  Meet your guide at the front college steps     Time:  See program for times

 

Homestead tours

Tocal Homestead is open for inspection 10am - 3pm. Blacksmith, crafts, Deveonshire teas and lunch available at a cost. Cathc the shuttle bus from Thunderbolts Corner, leaves every 15 minutes. 

On Sunday Tocal Homestead comes alive with Peek into the Past.

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BBQ and fireworks

One of the main attractions during the weekend is the Tocal Shindig BBQ followed by a fireworks display. Entertainment will be provided by Tara Naysmith and John Wilson. The bar is available from 4-10pm. Bring along your ticket. Additional tickets available for sale on the night.

Where:  outside EA Hunt Hall

Time:  Commences 5pm, fireworks 9pm and concludes 11pm

 

Food and beverages

Food and beverages will be available throughout the weekend. There will be a bar service operating Saturday evening 4-10pm during the BBQ. Coffee and ice-cream van on site throughout the weekend.

Breakfast:  On sale in the Dining Hall (Sunday only)

Lunch:  On sale at Paterson Rotary van

Morning/Afternoon Tea:  Will be served in the breezeway - see times in program

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Horse-cartPeek into the Past at Tocal Homestead will be held on Sunday during the Back to Tocal weekend. This is when Tocal Homestead comes alive with the sights and sounds (and smells) of yesteryear. It is a wonderful old fashioned day out for all the family. Find out more about Peek into the Past.

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Decade display

On display in the hall will be students and staff throughout the decades. Come along and renew friendships with people who attended the College during your year and decade. Reminisce and let the photos on display take you back.

A professional photographer will be on hand to take photos of students from within your decade. See times in the program for your decade.

Where:  EA Hunt Hall

 

Tocal on film

This is an accumulated film and video record of the College during its 50 year history. This compilation of recordings shows historical archives of the college and buildings, promotional videos, news stories and TV advertisements and includes interviews of staff and students throughout the decades.

Where:  Tocal Amenities room     Time:  The video reel will loop continously throughout the weekend

 

Tocal bookstore

A range of publications will be available throughout the weekend to purchase. Two new books will be launched during the event.

  • Tocal's practical advantage - a 50 year compilation of the history of the College
  • 50 years of Tocal - a celebration in photos

Where:  Registration Desk at the front college steps

 

Merchandise and collectables

A range of limited edition souvenirs will be on sale during the event. Caps, rugby jumpers, stubby holders, lanyards

 

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