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 (first and second age). We are operated by people who are retired or semi-retired 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 and learn more about our classes, studies & activities.

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! 

It appears, that considerable research has been done to determine whether U3A membership benefits health and welfare.

Look at our “Classes”, “Other Activities and Studies” and/or “Social Connections” sub-menus to find out about the huge variety of learning opportunities and activities available. Would you like to become a member? Go to “Join Us/Support Us” sub menu to learn more!

You can find us at 129 Mulgrave Road with plenty of 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 – either through our feedback form or by emailing webmaster.u3acairnsinc@gmail.com