Nui Dat hill
Nui Dat hill
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Nui Dat (Núi Đất) is a former 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) base now part of Ba Ria city in Ba Ria–Vung Tau province, Vietnam. It is not the name of an official ward, it just means "dirt hill"
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,558 contributions
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Jan 2016 • Friends
Nui Dat, an insignificant spot on the map of Phuoc Tuy-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam, was from 1966 until 1972 the "tent-city" home to thousands of Australians who fought (and more than 500 of them died) in the Vietnam War.

Increasingly Australian Vietnam veterans and/or their families are making a pilgrimage back to relive that time, and perhaps, like me, to chase away the ghosts of the past.

Nui Dat is named after the small hill that was at the center of the area where the Australians established the 1st Australian Task Force and was the only high point on the base, which was largely established in former French owned rubber plantations.

I was surprised on my first return visit to see that the hill looked a lot smaller than I remembered it. My guide explained that before the Australians occupied the area, the hill was a quarry, and after the war, quarrying continued until the local government authorities realized its significance to returning Vietnam veterans and tourists and halted further digging.

She also complimented the Australian Army Engineers who built the main airstrip at Nui Dat, Luscombe Airfield, which today 50 years later, is still in surprisingly good condition with only a few potholes showing its true age.

But little evidence remains of the rest of the Australian Task Force occupation. Even the rubber plantation area of the HQ 1ATF has been replanted with new rubber trees, and it took me quite a while rambling around to find what I was sure was the small site of the tent I lived in during two separate tours of Vietnam (1968-69 & 1970-71).

If you are interested in visiting Nui Dat it is advisable to use a local guide. Many of these operate out of Vung Tau, about 40 km south of Nui Dat, are you can easily find them through "Google".

The tour they organize for you will almost certainly include a visit to the Battle of Long Tan Cross, a commemorative site close to Nui Dat, that was the scene of the first major battle between the Australians and the North Vietnamese Army and local Viet Cong.

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Written 9 January 2016
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GandV5052
Gold Coast, Australia76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
As Australians growing up with the Vietnam war, this is very interesting, but is basically just jungle/farmland now
Written 29 December 2016
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Steve W
Karratha, Australia1,176 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Solo
Once 1st Australian Task Force military base (1ATF Base), including Luscombe Airfield, this was home to the Australian military during the Vietnam War.
There are still remnants of the runway in the town, and the hill that is Nui Dat looks as it does in the period photos.
If you have an interest in Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War in the 60s and 70s I think this has to be included with Long Tan in any trip. I had a guide for my trip which made it far easier to get around Long Tan, Vung Tau, Long Phuoc and Nui Dat all from HCMC.
Make sure to have a look at the Long Phuoc Commune Kindergarten, originally started as a way for the Vietnam Vets to help the local children.
For a better understanding of the history of the base and the Vietnam War I suggest starting with the Australian War Memorial, being home to an excellent collection of Australian military history.
Written 14 July 2019
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EMT
Honolulu, HI232 contributions
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Dec 2018 • Couples
We live fairly close to this historical site and have passed by innumerable times; unfortunately there is no signage indicating its location much less a plaque describing its significance. It is a beautiful location. The airfield is easily recognizable as is the pond but there does not appear to be a designated roadway to the hill. I will return on a future visit to explore the area in more detail.
Written 15 December 2018
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
was very moving seeing where the Australian base was had a local guide he was very informed and supplied flowers to a lot over grown but he had pictures from that period and had nothing but respect for the ozzies saw the school the built in the war still being used
Written 23 September 2018
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Dear Robert Thank you very much for your kind comment after your trip to visit there. It is still the most expected destination for most Australians and families. Indeed, the Vietnam war has ended so long ago, but these trips will help both sides, countries heal the wounds and help us understand each other better. Whenever you have the opportunity to invite you back and I am looking forward to serve you again. Your kind regards
Written 24 September 2018
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,558 contributions
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Jan 2018 • Family
One of my sons and his family and I met up in Vietnam for a tour of the country, which they had not been to before. We covered more than 2,000 km, from Hanoi, to Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Saigon.

They kept pressing me to see where I had served with the Australian Army during the American-Vietnam War in 1968-69 and again in 1970-71, so from Saigon I organised a mini bus to take us to Nui Dat, the home of some 5,000 Australian soldiers of the 1st Australian Task Force.

There is little evidence now that Australians were ever here, apart from the remains of the Luscombe Airfield laid down by Royal Australian Engineers.

Even Nui Dat has been cut in half. Nui Dat means dirt hill, and before the war it was a quarry. After Australia withdrew from the war, quarrying continued until the Vietnamese government realised it was of tourist significance to Australians and halted quarrying.

It was a nostalgic trip.
Written 28 January 2018
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Dear Mr. David I knew that your son and his family had a meaningful trip to Nui Dat - The old base of Australian during the year of 1961 - 1971 The history of the mountain base has receded more than 50 years (half a century) and was delighted to say that this was a nostalgic tour for him and his family Vietnam is now developing and the development is taking a lot of things, including Nui Dat relic. But the history is still there. So when visit these palaces, I think need a local guide who has knowledge of history and experience that could help your son and his family will certainly understand more about this place. It is nice to see you and the others to visit this area. Thank you for his visiting. All the best
Written 31 January 2018
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A380FlyBoy
Adelaide, Australia236 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Couples
As a military history junkie, to stand on the site of 1ATF and try and conjure up images and activity is one of those moments in life you savour.

Looking up at SAS Hill and wondering...

Imagine 17/18 August 1966 the prelude to and day of the Battle of Long Tan. It was here!

There's a little shop on the side of the old runaway that's now a road selling stubble holders and beer. How could you not do both and toast all the men of 1ATF for their heroism and braves deeds.

Loved coming here and paying respects.

If you're thinking of visiting, Water Buffalo Private Tours out of Saigon are fantastic (see my separate review).
Written 14 August 2017
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Thank you for visiting Nui Dat in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. We’d be grateful if you would review us on TripAdvisor. It’s the world’s largest travel site, helping millions of visitors every month plan the perfect trip. Our guests often tell us how helpful it is to read past guests' reviews before booking their own visits. And we're always eager to hear what you liked and how we can improve. Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon.
Written 23 December 2017
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Max P
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Nov 2016
Former AUS Task Force base at Nui Dat and for those who know their history, the Nui Dat hill really stands out on the approach. Suggest you go online and obtain maps and 1960-70's photos so you can compare the lay of the land, so as you walked the ground you could see how that area looked over 50 years ago during the war when occupied by the AUS/NZ army. One of the perimeter roads uses the former main air strip. I was surprised by how large a surface area the base occupied.
Written 10 March 2017
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Thank you for visiting this site. Do hope that you had a meaningful trip to visit this historical site. For tourists when visit this site, we always have maps, photos and documentary with many detail help you image this site. Even if it is the first trip or you are not a veteran who involved in this area before, We could help you to imagine a full story of this Nui Dat base (known as another name: S.A.S hill) . With the pictures, maps and local guides, surely your trip will be much more enjoyable. Looking forward to seeing you and welcoming you again Best regards
Written 27 December 2017
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Shelly967
Perth, Australia147 contributions
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Jun 2016 • Couples
We came here as my father in law was here with 85 transport company. It was quite a solemn experience for my husband although there is not much to see here imagining what these soilders went through was truly moving. Highly recommend this for families of those men who served our country!
Written 17 June 2016
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PerthWAJohn
Perth, Australia84 contributions
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Mar 2016 • Couples
Whilst not a lot left to see, to see and understand the hot and awful conditions experienced by the Australian troops stationed here in the war is very emotional.
Written 8 April 2016
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