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.

Our 2022 Semester 2 Course Book is now available and we are looking forward to seeing you at some of our exciting courses. In addition to face to face and Zoom courses this semester we also have three outings which may interest you:

  • A day trip to Mount Wilson on 5 October (details on page 9);
  • Our annual picnic on 20 October, this year at Clontarf Reserve (details on page 10); and
  • Tunnels and Gunners Tour, with a guide from the Sydney Harbour Trust, on 3 November (details on page 10.

Bookings are required for each of these events so please hurry to join in.

Full details of these events can be found via the full Sydney U3A course book on the pages noted above.
We also have four courses being delivered via Zoom and these can be found in the full Sydney U3A course book from page 52.

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have eased we are hoping there won’t be too many changes to the course book. However, if we become aware of any changes or corrections these will be noted on the Current Course Changes link on the sidebar.  Read more ….

Our ‘yellow leaflet’ (a precis of all Semester 2 courses) is now available and you can download a copy here.

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 Northern Beaches Region.

COVID-19 and Sydney U3A

Sydney U3A’s position can be viewed here.

News and Events

Now that restrictions have eased we have been able to hold a few events. For details and photos please select this link.

News of the Third Age Rock Orchestra

The 3rd Age Rock Orchestra was established by Northern Beaches member Harvey Broadbent early in 2018. Most of the amateur players and singers have been with the orchestra since its inception and it continues to thrive. There is a busy schedule with many charity fund raising requests, three of which have taken place in the second half of 2022.  Harvey kept the 3ARO alive and kicking during the COVID lockdowns by having weekly Zoom sessions, averaging 30 orchestra members each week appearing on screen. In addition he also wrote a song and prepared some videos.

The latest U3A concert was held on 21 September and focused on music from the hippie era. It was a sell out event and orchestra and audience members alike had a lot of fun. The hippie costumes were amazing and we’re sure the whole of Narrabeen would have known they were there!  Laurie Wilson took some great photos of the event and these, along with the Orchestra’s 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 2022 AGM and Election of Officers was held on Thursday 24 March at 11.00am at the Dutch Club in Frenchs Forest. Our guest speaker, Michelle Richmond, spoke about ‘The History of the Northern Beaches’.

Reports and photos from this and previous years’ meetings can be accessed here.

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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Please send any comments, questions, suggestions or complaints about the
Northern Beaches webpages to Brenda Fuller at