Port Stephens U3A

Third age learning … by the sea


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Welcome to Port Stephens Third Age Learning!

Enjoy the company of like-minded people and the opportunity to make new friends who are interested in a pleasant, sociable and learning environment. The emphasis is on lifelong learning – and keeping those grey cells busy!

What is U3A?

U3A is short for the University of the Third Age where people who have retired (or semi-retired) meet to pursue their interests. Starting in 1973, Toulouse University, France ran courses for retirees leading to the formation of U3A. The concept spread rapidly across Europe and America. U3A underwent a change in the UK and it was this model which finally reached our shores in 1984 – starting in Melbourne.

No qualifications are required to join and no essays, exams or awards are given. All organisations are run by volunteers who tap the great reservoir of knowledge, skills and talents found among the U3A members.

Port Stephens U3A was founded by an enthusiastic group in 1995 who declared “just because you’ve stopped earning, doesn’t mean you have to stop learning!”   Now, 23 years later, that small group has blossomed to over 240 members who enjoy pursuing a variety of interests both old and new.

Want to know more? Please have a look at our web pages [click on the topics on the right] detailing our program and the membership form.

For more information about Port Stephens U3A  contact the > Secretary

Or come along to CUPPA & CHAT at 2.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month (except January), at the Tomaree Community Centre, Salamander Bay.

NSW Parliament House, 17 October 2018, with Kate Washington MP, member for Port Stephens

AGM 2018

see the gallery – click the link at the top of this page.

Hunter Valley winetasting trip 31Aug16

Luxury coach excursions

Walks to fascinating places in our blue water paradise

Wildflower walk 01Sep16

banner photo: David Lewis