Welcome to U3A


Welcome to the University of the Third Age in Cairns,
the most beautiful part of North Queensland,
surrounded by rainforest and fringed by the Great Barrier Reef.


U3A Cairns Inc. was founded in 1990, to support people wanting an active retirement after youth and employment (their first and second age).  We are managed by volunteers who are seniors and wish to enjoy a wide selection of educational and social activities, events and access to university studies. We continuously grow both our number of members and activities and are fortunate enough to do this on our own premises. The founding president of U3A considered that U3A can be summed up as “Time used is life – time wasted is existence” and we continue to try to live up to that motto. Please feel free to browse this website, find out about Cairns U3A , our mission and our beliefs, and learn more about our classes, studies & activities. You might also be interested in the history of Cairns U3A and wonder how it operates.

Please be sure to read our COVID information – click here – before visiting our premises.   

Why should you join Cairns U3A? – There are lots of excellent reasons, as our members can confirm. However, a major one counts towards:

Helping to slow ageing - such as delaying mental decline, 
promoting well-being and subsequently increasing quality of life! 

Look at the Classes, Studies & Activities, Social Connections and Other Activities, JCU (James Cook University) Courses and Bulletin pages to find out about the huge variety of learning opportunities and activities available. Would you like to become a member? Go to the Membership Application page to learn more!

You can find us at 129 Mulgrave Road with plenty of free parking available, both front and rear where there is a large grassed parking area.

We hope you will find this website interesting and informative and look forward to any feedback you may have by emailing webmanager129u3acairnsinc@gmail.com. For any other queries, you can contact us.