Vietnam Veterans Day August 2018


Vietnam Veterans Day

Old Bar, NSW 17-21 August 2018

John Macartney has organised a Vietnam Veterans Day at Old Bar over the weekend 17-21st August 2018.  It is open to all RAN vets and their family and friends; 9 Squadron personnel will be particularly welcome, as of course will all the EMU family. 

Commodore Chris Smallhorn has kindly agreed to attend, subject to Fleet requirements, and take the salute and be the key note speaker.

The program for the weekend is set out below, but the costs are only approximate at the moment and will be influenced by how much interest there is in coming along. As time goes by more definite details will be available

Friday 17th August 2018  – Meet & Greet                                

Cost:  $15.00 per person (approx)

  • Meet at Club Old Bar, Cnr Waterman & Belford Streets, Old Bar from 5:00 pm.
  • Collect name badge, goodies bag, etc.
  • Drinks will be available from arrival (at own cost).
  • Finger food available from 6:00 pm in Function Room.
  • Meal available at Club from 6:00pm till 8:30pm (at own cost).
  • Last drinks at 11:30 pm.
  • Courtesy Bus available.
  • Formalities to an absolute bare minimum.
  • Dress is smart casual. 

Saturday 18th August 2018

Social Event 1:    Own private transport to Cattai Wetlands, take camera.
Location:    East of the Pacific Highway at Coopernook
Cost:    Free Entry.

  • Own transport to Cattai Wetlands
  • Depart Old Bar 9:00 am
  • Follow the trails and boardwalks through the wetland areas.
  • Normally a fair few mosquitoes
  • Meet at Coopernook Hotel for lunch
  • Return to Taree by own private transport.

Social Event 2 – Afternoon:  Vietnam Veterans’ Day Parade & Service

  • Muster on Smith Street outside School at 3:30pm
  • Parade fall in at 3:45pm and march off
  • Parade dismisses and adjourns to School Hall for Service
  • Tea/Coffee/Nibbles post Service
  • Dress: neat casual with medals

Social Event 3 – Evening: Reunion Dinner:

  • $50.00 per person, three course meal (approx)   
  • Meet at Club Old Bar at 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start
  • Pre-dinner drinks (at own cost) in bar area.
  • 7:00 pm guests should be seated ready for Entrée, Mains and Desserts.
  • There will be no speeches.
  • Enjoy each other’s company.
  • Last drinks at 11:30 pm.
  • Courtesy Bus available.
  • Dress is smart casual.

Sunday 19th August 2018             

Morning:      Breakfast Club Old Bar from 9:00am at own expense

Day:                BBQ Lunch at Old Bar Public School
Location:      David Street, Old Bar.
Cost:                $12.00. (Approx)

Night:  Informal Dinner at own expense


Getting There          

By Road:         Off the Pacific Highway, East of Taree

By Air:             Fly into the Taree Airport or fly your own lighty to Old Bar Heritage Airfield

By Rail:           Taree’s Railway Station is on the main north/south line.


Payment Details              

By:   03 August 2018 (bookings finalised)

Cheque / Money Order:  Pay to Account:  JR & SM Macartney

Direct Deposit:  Phone Mac for bank details. 

Cancellation: A full refund will be made upon notification prior to 13th August 2018. No refund will be paid after this date.

 Please post or email the Registration Application, and payment, direct to:

J.R. Macartney, 14 Joel Drive, Old Bar, NSW 2430 or

Queries: John Macartney (02) 6557 4165 or 0427 787 296



The Meridian Resort

For three nights a special price will be given for Vietnam Veterans’ Day attendees. Available are:

Courtyard 1 Bedroom Apartment      $340
Courtyard 2 Bedroom                          $420
Ocean view Apartment 1 Bedroom    $440
Ocean view Apartment 3 Bedroom    $540

To book, or if anyone requires more or less nights please call and direct.

 Karen & Alan
Managers, Meridian Resort Beachside
02 65533441

Club Old Bar

Waterman Cottages (2 nights minimum stay)

Holiday Rates –Winter $700 per week 26/04/16 – 22/09/16

Nightly Rates – Winter – including July holidays $140 per night

Club Old Bar
1 Belford Street Old Bar NSW 2430
Ph 0265537224

Flows Boogie-Woogie Beach House

Very nice accomodation.
Phone (02) 6557 4224 & mention Vietnam Veterans Day for a special deal.

Lani’s On The Beach

Lani’s On The Beach is Old Bar’s Caravan Park with ample sites and on site cabins. Pets allowed with prior arrangements. Group discount can apply depending on numbers.

Phone: (02) 6553 7274
Website: here.

Just Out of Old Bar

Mescal’s at Pampoolah B&B (02) 6557 8579
Chilton Lodge  (02) 6553 3190
All Seasons Country Lodge (02) 6552 1677
Taree Country Motel (02) 6552 2491