The following information has been obtained from the Australian Consulate-General’s website which can be viewed by clicking here.
Services at and access to the Long Tan Cross are subject to Vietnamese Government approval.
The Australian Consulate-General has sought approval to conduct a Vietnam Veteran’s Day service at 1530 hours on Tuesday 18 August 2015.
All visitors should note that they will require permission to access the site.
The Long Tan Cross is located within a privately operated working rubber plantation. Rubber trees have a limited production life and are required to be replaced periodically. Trees have recently been cleared from the area surrounding the Long Tan Cross and replacement saplings have been planted along with a temporary crop of cassava. Care should be taken not to damage the saplings or cassava plants.
It is suggested attendees bring an umbrella in the event of rain/sunshine. Information on arrangements for visiting the Long Tan Cross site and obtaining permission is available at the following website.
A cross was first erected on the site in 1969 when the 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, which fought in the Battle, was on its second tour of duty. The original cross was later removed by the Vietnamese and is now on display at the Dong Nai Museum, Bien Hoa. A replica now stands on the same site.
In recognition of local sensitivities visitors should conduct themselves with appropriate decorum. Continued approval for ceremonies of this nature by local authorities is also on the condition that no medals or uniforms are worn.
For all visitors, please register with local authority of Dat Do district People’s Committee at:
Fax number: +84 64 3688 245 (from outside Vietnam)
(from inside Vietnam)
- Photo credit: Frances Massing. Long Tan Cross, ANZAC Day Dawn Service, 2015.
- To view this information, as it has appeared on the Australian Consulate-General’s website, click here.