Northern Beaches

Welcome to 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.

Please check the Newsletters link on the sidebar to view the latest information on upcoming courses, events and any changes to the program.

You may be interested to see details of our usual fantastic range of courses (pre-COVID-19) in the 2020 Semester 1 Course Book (January to June).

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

Since 2010 Sydney U3A has been a member of the wider NSW U3A Network, an organisation of autonomous U3A groups in NSW and the ACT and several groups from interstate. All groups support the general aims and directions of providing life-long learning opportunities for their members in their ‘third age’ using the skills their members gained during their ‘second age’. A conference for all member groups is held annually, usually at the end of April/beginning of May with many interesting topics and guest speakers.  More information and the latest newsletter is available on their website.


Re the COVID-19 Virus (Novel Coronavirus)

The good news is:

As you’re aware, the COVID-19 restrictions are slowly easing and some of the Northern Beaches Council venues are now open to U3A activities. We will need to comply with certain restrictions and with limited numbers dependent on the current regulations and up to date guidelines can be accessed here.

A number of face to face presentations/talks have commenced and the details can be found here.

Online ZOOM presentations are still very popular and will be continuing on a fortnightly basis until later in the year.  Details of these presentations/talks can be found here.

In view of the continued uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions there will be no Semester 2 Course Book this year.  As courses open they will be recorded here and the monthly schedule will be noted on each newsletter.


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.  Read more …..


The Third Age Rock Orchestra

U3A’s 3rd Age Rock Orchestra was established by Northern Beaches member Harvey Broadbent early in 2018. Prior to COVID-19 they were practising at the Narrabeen Baptist Church each Wednesday afternoon. Now with COVID restrictions in place the orchestra is meeting regularly via Zoom.

News of their recent initiatives and some of their Pre-COVID performances can be viewed here.


Showcase 2020

Another successful Showcase highlighting the courses available in the Semester 1 2020 Course Book.
Members were treated to a performance by the Acoustic Guitar Group which was well received.

A big thank you to all those members who helped make the morning run smoothly. A selection of photos from the event 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


AGM and 30 Year Anniversary Celebratory Lunch

The Annual General Meeting and 30th Anniversary Celebratory Lunch were held on Wednesday 13 March 2019 at the Long Reef Golf Club.  As usual the Club came up trumps with a wonderful meal and excellent service.

President Rosemary McCulloch welcomed close to 100 members with a special welcome to Barbara Boston, the current Sydney U3A President, and Ruth Buchanan, immediate Past President of the Northern Beaches region.  In her address the President noted the many new initiatives over the last year with the introduction of the Strolling Group, Opera and Lunch on alternate Sundays, a Craft Group, the appointment of a Welfare Officer and the Third Age Rock Orchestra to name a few.  With the exception of Mike Williams, Publicity Officer, the committee was re-elected for the 2019 year and Ruth Buchanan noted her thanks for their sterling work during the past year.

The special guest speaker was Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, Commander of the State Crime Command Criminal Groups Squad, NSW Police Force, whose humorous talk was very much enjoyed by all.

Special thanks must be given to Gaye Pringle for her excellent organisation of the event.

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Sausage Sizzle – 10 January 2019

Photos from the Sausage Sizzle held at Stony Range Reserve. A big thank you to David Tuckerman and helpers for managing the BBQ and to Jill Barrett for taking these photos.

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Annual General Meeting
14 March 2018

This year’s AGM was held on Wednesday 14 March at the Narrabeen Baptist Church.

President Rosemary thanked the outgoing committee and assistants for their excellent work during the year. She emphasised they are the unsung heroes for all the work they do quietly in the background.  Course Leaders and Course
Secretaries rated special thanks as without them we would have no U3A.

The outgoing committee was thanked for it’s marvellous work over the previous year and the 2018/19 committee elected. A special welcome was extended to a new team member, Mike Williams.  We wish them well in their continuing work for Northern Beaches U3A.

Refreshments were served following the meeting and several members enjoyed the ‘Bollywood’ dance entertainment.