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FOR PREVIOUS TOURS...
Europe Battlefield Tours, please click here.)
History of the Long Tan Cross, please click here.)
History of the Long Tan Trek name, please click here.)
For pictures of the 2009 LONG TAN TREK TOUR,
please click here.
For the 2010 LONG TAN TREK TOUR
REPORT, please click here.
2011 LONG TAN TREK TOUR DETAILS, please
the 2011 LONG TAN TREK TOUR
REPORT, please click here.
2012 LONG TAN TREK TOUR DETAILS, please
2012 LONG TAN TREK TOUR REPORT, please
2013 LONG TAN TREK TOUR DETAILS, please
2013 LONG TAN TREK TOUR REPORT, please
2013 310 Cadet Unit Tour REPORT, please
2014 LONG TAN TREK TOUR DETAILS, please
2014 LONG TAN TREK TOUR
REPORT, please click here.
2015 LONG TAN TREK was cancelled because 2015
100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and most battlefield
travel interest was to Gallipoli and the Western Front.
2016 50th Anniversary Long Tan Trek Tour details
2016 Tour Report
is currently being compiled but
there is the progress report - the South Tour is done
and I'm collecting photos for the North Tour... to come.
2016 LONG TAN TREK TOUR (progress) REPORT, please
The 2017 LONG TAN TREK
has been cancelled due to insufficient
numbers booking. The main reason given by those who expressed
interest but failed to book was the Vietnamese government's
cancellation of visits to the cross site in August 2016.
Indeed, touring to the cross site since August 2016
is currently some 50% down on the average number
of visits prior to August 2016.
CURRENT: 2018 TREK TOURs
The full itineraries and costings for both
the Long Tan Trek Tour
(of the South) and the Decisive Battlefields Tour (of the North)
for October 2018
are now complete and are
ready for download.
The Long Tan Trek Tours - Oct each
year: Click on links above
the Long Tan Trek Tour for
|In 2009, Dave
hosted an AVVRG Tour (see their website
) to the area of Australian operations during the Viet Nam War. It
proved so successful that those on it demanded it happen again. It went in
Oct 2010 and again in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The 2015 and 2017 Tours were
cancelled but the 50th Anniversary Trek went in August 2016 - a great group
and a great Tour, marred only by the refusal of permission to visit the
Long Tan cross site on 18 August... so the group visited the cross site on
the 19th instead!!! :)
The Trek can also be arranged for groups, schools etc (see
The Long Tan Trek Tour is now 8 Days
and 7 nights, visiting HCMC (Saigon), Cu Chi, Balmoral, Coral, Dong Hai
Museum, 1ALSG, Vung Tau, Nui Dat, the minefield, the Long Hai's and more,
with a highlight 4-hour "real time" walkthrough of the Long Tan battlefield
with "sitreps" every 10 minutes. Can be coupled with the Decisive
Battlefields Tour (see below).
Please click on the links above for more details.
In the first week in December,
2013, the first group of Australian Army Cadets did the Long Tan Trek Tour.
We hope this will be the first of many Cadet and Special-Interest group
Tours as there is much to be learned of military and other history in
undertaking a tour such as this by the younger generation, not to mention
the exposure to another culture.
Thinking of arranging a Bespoke Tour?
Please contact Dave using the
facility in the column at left of page to
||As an optional
extension to the Long Tan Trek Tour or able to be be booked separately, the
Decisive Battlefields Tour visits seven more "turning points" of the three
Indo-China Wars. Visit Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, the DMZ, Vinh Moc tunnels, Khe
Sanh, the Da Krong and A Shau Valleys, Hanoi (including a free day), Dien
Bien Phu and more before taking a 2-night R&R at Ha Long Bay.
||We've got some
excellent contacts if you're thinking of a
Europe Battlefield Tour. Thinking of visiting Villers Bretonneux for ANZAC Day?
And visiting all the WW1 Western Front names familiar to Australians, plus
the main names from the WW2 Normandy landings, plus Paris and extension to
London. Plenty of "extras" can be covered. Please contact us for more details.
component of the Long Tan Treks goes to the AVVRG (click
on their website link in the left column), which
is a registered charity as well as being the custodian of the Long Tan
Cross. In the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, the
Treks contributed to the maintenance & refurbishment of the Cross but also
to their Nui Dat Kindy Project, the Baria Orphanage and the Long Tan Dental
here for more details of the
||The name "Long
Tan Trek" was created by Charles Shaw and Kerry Phelan in 2006 to describe
the then unique activity of walking from Nui Dat to the Long Tan
battlefield. Further, this 'Long Tan Trek Tour' is the only group
with official permission to walk the whole battlefield (which is currently
a working rubber plantation) - other Tours are not supposed to wander
beyond 100 metres from the Cross. And this Trek Tour is the only one
taken and hosted by a former Long Tan battlefield commander.
For more information on the name, please click
here... This page also
displays photos of the 2009 Trek.
||In 1969, 6RAR
Second Tour, placed a concrete Cross in the Long Tan rubber plantation on
the 11 Platoon position. For a history - mainly in pictures - of the
original and replica Crosses, please click
|If you're at
this website because of your interest in the Battle of Long Tan, but do not
want to travel there, then you may be interested in my website which covers
two books and a PowerPoint presentation on the Battle, plus updates on a
proposed film of the battle...
If this is the case, please click here:
http://sabben.com to go to
my web page.
There, you will find details of "The Battle of Long Tan
by The Commanders" (see pic), "Through Enemy Eyes" (see pic) and a
50-slide animated PPT presentation for free download, and lots more...
Dave, please click