As we adapt our lives to the changes wrought by Covid-19, we see sweeping changes. Thrown back on our own resources, many have formed new pathways to reshape our lives to suit the conditions.

U3A, having been stopped in our tracks, is now able to start functioning again in a small way. However safe some of us felt, and however much we wanted to get going again, halls have been closed, numbers gathering restricted.

Spanish has been able to adapt to Zoom connections so has been running via the internet.

Now a glimmer of light has appeared. Our first steps back to normality were with Table Tennis and Pickleball and with the advice that the Vonda Youngman Centre has reopened its doors, we are able to restart more of our activities.

Ballet for Seniors, Line Dancing, and French are the next activities we have been able to run, and now U3A is able to offer you the next series of ballet presentations by Gretel Butler at the Zamia Theatre.

 Numbers of participants are restricted, with social distancing and hygiene rules in place. You will receive an email outlining the new rules. 

 If you did not receive an email and want to add your name to existing lists, please contact Susan Elliott on 0417 613 053 or

Delle Daniels, President, U3A Tamborine Mountain Inc.

University of the 3rd Age (U3A)

A volunteer association for retirees and the mature aged.

U3A conducts courses and operates without reference to qualifications, examinations or awards.

Learn --- Enjoy mental stimulation

Teach --- Share your knowledge/skills

Socialise --- Make friends and relax

What does U3A stand for?

U3A is "University of the Third Age". The term "University" is used in the original sense of the word - of an association or community of teachers and scholars, united in the pursuit of knowledge.

"Third Age" refers to the life period of active retirement, which follows the first age of childhood and formal education and the second age of working life.

"The University shall consist of a body of persons who undertakes to learn and to help others to learn. Those who teach shall also learn and those who learn shall also teach".

Dr Peter Laslett, Co-founder of U3A Britain

Objectives of U3A Tamborine Mountain Inc

  1. To operate a learning association which requires no prior qualifications, no exams and no degrees are awarded.
  2. To provide programs of learning and social activities which offer stimulation and development to persons in the 3rd age of their lives.
  3. To create an environment which is conducive to the social interaction of members.
  4. To exchange ideas and resources with other U3A groups, both in Australia and overseas.
  5. To do all such things which support the attainment of the above objectives. 

U3A - A Brief History

U3A is an international movement which has spread from France since 1973. The Cambridge UK (1981) model changed from the original university concept to one where members themselves are the teachers. This model was adopted in Australia, the first being in Melbourne in 1984. U3A Sunshine Coast and Brisbane were established in 1986. There are now over 30 U3As in Queensland and more than 200 Australia-wide with many thousands ofmembers.

In July 2007, 27 members of U3A Jimboomba, residents of Tamborine Mountain, agreed to form the local branch. In January 2008 the group was officially incorporated with the Office of Fair Trading as U3A Tamborine Mountain Inc. The first Annual General Meeting was held in April 2008.

The membership elects a small group of people each year to form the Management Committee. All members are encouraged to nominate for the committee positions at the Annual General Meeting.

The Friends of the Committee are members who are willing and able to assist as needed, without the commitment of being on the committee.  

Incorporation No: IA36025
ABN: 62 810 959 624
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