Northern Beaches

Welcome to the Northern Beaches Region

Previously known as Guringai country, the land of the Garigal or Caregal people, the Northern Beaches area stretches from Palm Beach to Manly. It is home to Manly Sea Eagles, Garigal and Kuring-Gai Chase National Parks, enviable beaches and a relaxed, carefree lifestyle.

We are pleased to present the Semester 2 Course Book and we hope you can find something of interest amongst the numerous courses on offer. Although we are still working with COVID-19 we are hopeful there won’t be too many interruptions or changes to the program. If changes or corrections to the Course Book are needed they will be listed on the ‘Changes to Current Courses‘ link on the sidebar so please be sure to check and update your copy of the book. Read more ….

Our Newsletters are issued towards the end of each month and the sidebar link gives access to our last four editions. These have up to date information on upcoming courses, events and any changes to the program.

Have you ever wondered or would like more details on how Sydney U3A operates? If so, you will be interested to read the attached article by our President, Rosemary McCulloch.

If you have a Facebook account, you’ll be pleased to know you can now connect to us there to catch up with the latest news. Just log in and search for Sydney U3A.

COVID-19 and Sydney U3A

Because of the NSW Government’s extended lockdown, all U3A venues are currently closed.

During the pandemic Sydney U3A is complying with government, local council and venue restrictions on meetings and events. Click here for more information on how we are safeguarding your health.

ABC Documentary:’Old People’s Home for 4yr Olds’

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The producers of this successful series are currently recruiting in the Northern Beaches and surrounding areas for Series 3. They are looking for participants now, but filming won’t start until February 2022.

If you feel this is something you’d be interested in, or know someone who would benefit from reconnecting with their community, please contact Prue direct, either by email or by phone on 0423 635 228.

Full details are on the attached flyer.


News and Events

As you will appreciate, due to COVID-19 restrictions events have been few and far between. However, we have been able to hold some and you can read more here.

News of the Third Age Rock Orchestra

U3A’s 3rd Age Rock Orchestra was established by Northern Beaches member Harvey Broadbent early in 2018. Despite the Northern Beaches U3A’s 3rd Age Rock Orchestra having to postpone its 14 July Concert due to the present Covid-19 lockdown Harvey is keeping the 3rd Age Rock Orchestra alive and kicking by having weekly Zoom sessions, averaging 30 orchestra members each week appearing on screen.

Harvey is currently looking for a replacement sound mixing person – if you can operate a multi-channel sound desk and have some time available, please read the details here.

In the 2020’s lockdown Harvey kept busy by continuing rehearsals via Zoom; he also wrote a song and prepared some videos. These, along with the Orchestra’s other news and performances, can be viewed here.

Vietnam/Cambodia Tour

A fabulous trip by a group of our adventurous members.

From the bustling, chaotic, steamy atmosphere of Hanoi to the cool, French built hill stations of Sapa and Dalat, this beautiful country grabs you by the hand and pulls you along with it.

More photos and narrative can be viewed here

Annual General Meetings

The 2021 AGM was held on Thursday 25 March at The Dutch Club in Frenchs Forest and was well attended with 50 members present. The formal meeting was followed by our guest speaker, David Strike, and a light lunch.

Full details can be found here along with reports/photos from previous years’ meetings.

Honorary Life Membership Awards

Each year any of the Sydney U3A regions can nominate members for an Honorary Life Membership. These awards are approved by the Sydney U3A Board of Management and granted to members who have contributed enormously to the running of his/her region. You may be interested to read about the Northern Beaches region members who have received such an award over recent years.  Read more …..

U3A Sydney Membership – Join, Renew or Update

If you are retired or semi-retired and would like to join Sydney U3A you won’t regret it!
Apart from the courses/events in your local region you will be able to attend any course or event covered in the wider Sydney network. Membership is just $75 per annum – a reasonable price to pay to continue your learning experiences and to establish new friendships. Full details about membership – how to join, renew or update your details – can be found here.

The Central Office newsletter ‘Stay Connected’ is a good read and keeps members up to date. The latest edition can be viewed via the Sydney U3A home page.

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Northern Beaches webpages to Brenda Fuller at