Harbourside North

Welcome to Harbourside North Region

Harbourside North Region is located on the Lower North Shore, and includes the municipalities of Mosman, North Sydney, Lane Cove, Willoughby, Hunters Hill and parts of Ryde. We have course venues at Mosman, McMahons Point, Chatswood, Lane Cove, Castle Cove and Hunters Hill.


Late changes to the current Course Book…

Details of the following courses/talks have changed since publication of the current Course Book

For details about the changes, please check here.

Coming attraction !!



This year’s theme: THE BLOOMSBURY GROUP

Wednesday 13 February to Friday 15 February 2019

Organised by U3A Harbourside North

He looked about as conspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food
It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.

Farewell my Lovely, by Raymond Chandler

Just hoping to get your attention with those quotes, which actually do have relevance to this news! Now read on …

If you haven’t been to the popular Readers Festival (formerly known as the Writers Festival) at the Carrington, you don’t know what you have missed!

The festivals were the brainchild of Andrew and Kate Caro, and next year (2019) will be the 13th annual event. Andrew and Kate have handed over the baton to an organising team headed by Cheryl Summers, but the stalwart Caros are still involved.

Why are these festivals so popular? It’s not just the theme of the Festival and the team of speakers and presenters who provide a range of interesting talks. It’s also like a holiday where you meet a lot of like-minded people, and what’s more, if you live in Sydney, you can travel with your Seniors Opal Card from Central Railway to Katoomba Station, just one block from the Carrington. You may even meet your newest best friend on the way up on the train! If you choose to drive, there is parking in the grounds of the Carrington. You will enjoy it, whether you are going with a friend, or going on your own.

From the surveys collected at the end of this year’s Festival, one attendee wrote in response to a question about the elements that he or she enjoyed:

Interesting talks and films, excellent organization, beautiful venue, easily accessible by train, good food. Lovely time away from day to day reality.

The Festival takes place over three days and two nights. The booking fee covers all activities, accommodation in a historic heritage hotel for two nights, a cocktail party, all meals, dinner with wine, morning and afternoon teas, and gratuities. So, all you have to do is unpack, relax, and enjoy the time spent with very nice people.

This year (2018) the theme of the Festival was Crime Fiction and there were illustrated presentations on this genre from classical writers, through to the authors gumshoes of the 1930s, such as Raymond Chandler, from whom I have used the quotes at the beginning of this item, and the writers of modern who-dunnits. Although not a big crime fiction reader myself (I’m too busy researching and giving U3A talks), I was sufficiently impressed to seek out one of the books spoken about – The Dry, by an Australian author called Jane Harper. It’s a very well-written crime novel, set in an Australian country town, and I can thoroughly recommend it.

At the two dinners, it has been a custom for some people to dress up in appropriate garb. This is definitely not compulsory, but some people can do this to the manner born, and everyone enjoys this, whether they are participants or onlookers.

The 2019 Readers Festival will centre around the Bloomsbury Group, an influential, unconventional group of English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists, who included Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster and the economist, John Maynard Keynes. The complicated love lives of this Group make fascinating reading!!!

Registration details about the 2019 Readers Festival are on page 8 of the new U3A Course Book for Semester 2 which was posted to all members in June this year. (If you can’t find your coursebook, you can see it online here).

Numbers are limited to 75 attendees, and places fill fast, so don’t delay, make a booking, or you will miss out. You have been warned!

by Nora Hinchen

Computer Education Unit at McMahons Point

The View from Our Venue
The View from Our Venue

Computer courses for small groups are held at our McMahon’s Point venue where everyone is welcome but please book in early to avoid disappointment. Half day courses are held for iPhones, iPads and Facebook. There are various Windows courses. New courses are frequently added.

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