IW Courses

City & Inner West Course List

City & Inner West Region is delighted to announce that several of our face-to-face courses have been able to restart with full COVID-safe precautions. These are listed towards the end of this page.

We also have many courses and classes being presented online via Zoom. These are listed immediately below.

Bookings are essential for all courses either on Zoom or face-to-face. Please contact the booking secretary for the course or class that interests you.

Members of Sydney U3A can attend courses in any Region, not just the Region in which they live. Bookings are essential, and popular courses fill very quickly. The listing below for each course has the contact details for the Booking Secretary for that course.


Australian Perspectives Discussion Group

3rd Thursday each month 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Bookings: Joy Pegler – peglerjm@bigpond.com or 02 9771 6185

  • 15th October – Professor Stephen Hill
    The 2004 Aceh Tsunami
  • 19th November – Geoff Davidson
    Early explorations around the Great South Land, Terra Australis

Friday Mornings at Leichhardt Library

Short online courses on various subjects using the Zoom teleconference software
Friday mornings from 10:30 to 12:30
To be placed on the invitation list please email u3a.leichhardt@gmail.com

Upcoming sessions for the rest of 2020:

  • 27 November: Colin Smith:
    American Workers In The Gulag (Part 2)
  • 4 December: Ian Thompson:
    Quackery: A Brief History Of The Worst Way To Cure Everything
  • 11 December: Wendy Fraser:
    Sydney’s Art Scene: Behind The Screens

We are currently working on the program for 2021. The first 2021 session will be in late January. Watch this space!

Zoom Classes

Numbers in the classes below are limited.
Bookings are essential.

Cinema Discussion Group
eviewing SBS World Movies
Alt Wednesdays from 5 August 1:30-3:30
Leader: Ross Giannone 0409 382 384
Bookings: Betty Candy 9799 9030 bjcandy@bigpond.com

Discussion Group: Social Issues and Current Affairs
Alt Fridays from 31July 10:00-12:30
Leader: Graham Murphy 9713 9730 gramur@bigpond.com

Film Discussion Group
Fourth Tuesday of each month
Leader and bookings: Robyn Deane 9726 4279

Intermediate Italian
Each Friday 1:30-3:30
Leader and Bookings: Pia Ottavian 0424 738 824

Italian Conversation
Each Monday 2:00-3:15
Leader and Bookings: Lori Banham 0409 814 127

Face to Face Meetings and Events

Lilyfield – Discussion Group

Focussing on historical events, philosophy and literature. Each member is given the opportunity to decide on and present the topic for discussion.

Each Monday from 2 November 10:30-12:30

Leader and bookings: Barry Bidwell 0408 607 434 barry_bidwell@yahoo.com.au

Munch on Brunch

Our brunches are back, so come and enjoy some delicious fare at a range of cafés all over Sydney. Each of our venues will have a COVID-19 Safety Plan, and we’ll aim for outdoor spaces or those with ample natural ventilation. Venue disclosed when booking. Numbers limited. Strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Third Thursday of the month.

Leader and bookings: Beatrice Scheepers: beatricescheepers@gmail.com.
Please supply phone and U3A membership numbers.

Visiting Regional & Suburban Galleries

Join our lively group on visits to regional and suburban art galleries to view a variety of art exhibitions. Saturdays 2 or 3 times a month (occasionally Sunday) depending on Exhibition dates.
Early am to mid-afternoon, travel by public transport.

Bookings are essential

Our visit on Saturday December 5 is to the Arthur Streeton Retrospective Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW

For bookings, times, transport arrangements, and other details contact the Leader, Joanne Gordon.
0418 224 211, joannegordon@bigpond.com (preferred)
Please supply phone and U3A membership numbers.


Cnr Burwood Rd and George St Burwood

Current Affairs Discussion
Each Monday – 10:00-12:00 – from 3 August
Leader and Bookings: Michael Holland – mhol1234@gmail.com

96 Shaftesbury Rd Burwood

A Place in Time
A Voyage of discovery through literature.
First novel: The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester.
Alt Fridays – 10:30-12:30 – from 7 August
Leader:  Iris Ryall – 9744 1647
Bookings:  Edna May – 9797 8202

Beginners’ Japanese
Each Tuesday -10:00-12:00 – from 21 July
Leader: Haruko Tanaka – 0424 225 863
Bookings: Gayle Osborne- 0429 459 443 – gmosborne153@bigpond.com

Investment Discussion Group
Alt Thursdays – 9:30-11:45 – from 16 July
Leader and Bookings:  Greg Buriak – 0422 599 417 – buriak@optusnet.com.au


Suite10.2 31 Market St Sydney

The Sonnet: a close reading
Wednesday 1:30 -3:00 4 sessions
19, 26 August 2, 9 September
Leader and Bookings: Patricia Loughlan –  0425 284 869 – patricia.loughlan@gmail.com

Deconstructing Contemporary Art
Weekly: 1:30-3:30 – Thursdays from 20 August
Leader & Bookings: Wendy Fraser – 9569 7942;  0408 711 672 – barrieandwendy@gmail.com
Note – We alternate with the first week a discussion in the office and the second a visit to a gallery

Film Appreciation
Fortnightly: 1:30-3:30 – Mondays from 10 August
Leader and Bookings: Susanne de Ferranti – 0410 603 425 – sdeferranti@ozemail.com.au


Conference Room – 162 St Johns Rd Glebe
Book Group
First Friday of each month
From 3 July 10:00-12:00
Leader and bookings: Jan Macindoe – 9660 0208; 0424 537 557 –jnmacindoe@gmail.com

345 Glebe Point Rd Glebe
Philosophy in the Pub
Each Tuesday – 3:00-5:00 – from 4 August
Leader and Bookings:  Michael Holland – mhol1234@gmail.com


Macarthur Ave
Tai Chi
Each Thursday – 9:30-11:00 from 15 October
Leader and Bookings: Patrick Brennan – 9773 4182


50 Redmyre Rd, Strathfield
A Taste of Croquet
3 sessions
Friday 6, 13, 20 November 9:30-12:30
Bookings: Bob Phillips – 9736 3746 –  bobphillips@bigpond.com