Tocal is the answer

Are you planning a corporate workshop or seminar, a craft day, or a unique community event? Are you looking for a space to gather for a funeral or family celebration? Tocal provides a variety of options for large and small events. Easy to access in a quiet rural setting 18 minutes drive from Maitland or 50 minutes from Newcastle, within reach of the Hunter Valley’s wine region and other attractions, you will find large and small spaces to suit all groups and affordable catering on site, making Tocal the perfect place to run your gathering.

Training and meeting rooms

Getting a group together to meet, learn and create? There are 10 different rooms and facility options available for hire to cater for small groups up to large events.

Tocal meeting room

Conferences and retreats

Whether you would like a rural retreat for your craft club or gaming group, or you are looking for a venue for your 3-day conference, Tocal has space, the tranquility and the Hunter Valley views for you and your guests to enjoy.

Hall set up for Kreative Koalas event

Weddings and functions

Large formal functions can be carried off in style in the magnificent EA Hunt Hall, whether it features banquet style dining for 100 or an event audience of 700. Our chapel provides an intimate space for weddings and memorials. Our beautiful rural property is also the perfect location for outdoor ceremonies.

Hall set with banquet tables and garland lights

Large Scale Events

Tocal is a significant historic site, set on 2,200 hectares. Located only 20 minutes from Maitland with wide open fields, there are few venues as impressive as the Tocal site for functions and events. If you would like to hold your event at Tocal, please contact our management team to discuss your proposal.

colour run

Tocal Homestead

The Homestead precinct is a collection of heritage farm buildings which is located on the Tocal property. While most of our accommodation, the Hall and the Chapel are located in the College grounds, the Homestead precinct is just distant enough to be exclusive, allowing guests to be caught up in the beautiful charms of colonial times. If a rustic farm or garden wedding is more to your taste, then a wedding at the Homestead is worth exploring.

homestead wedding

Hayshed Function Centre

The Hayshed Function Centre is one of our carefully restored heritage buildings situated in the Homestead precinct of Tocal, surrounded by a fine collection of colonial buildings. The function centre has plenty of space including a mezzanine area for groups to break out and team build.

Tocal hayshed

About Tocal

The Tocal property is on the traditional lands of the Wonnarua people, close to the Paterson River. It consists of a 2,200 hectare property with commercial and demonstration farm enterprises including beef cattle, dairy, sheep, stock horses and free range eggs. Tocal Homestead is a living historic precinct and a popular wedding venue, centred around an iconic 1845 homestead and featuring a remarkable collection of well-preserved colonial farm buildings, including a barn designed by Australian architect Edmund Blacket. Tocal College was established on the property in 1965 as an agricultural college which still operates today, with well equipped training rooms and outdoor facilities including a covered arena. The campus was designed by architects Philip Cox and Ian McKay and features some iconic structures including the chapel and the EA Hunt Hall, which seats up to 700 people. The property also incorporates the Glendarra farm on the other side of Tocal Road, which has conference rooms and motel style accommodation set amongst the green pastures of Tocal Dairy.

There are few venues as impressive as Tocal. Tocal is suitable for large scale events, conferences, corporate events, community groups, retreats, weddings, funerals and meetings of all sizes.

If you would like to have your event at Tocal, our management team will carefully consider your proposal, to ensure the event is in the best interests of the site, local community, and our visitors, and that it will not adversely impact this significant historic site.


Tocal Agricultural Centre
815 Tocal Road
Paterson NSW 2421

Booking T&C

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