U3A Cairns Inc. was established in 1990, classes were held in private homes and various halls around town with a skeleton committee and not many more members. We are proud and thankful for the vision of the founding members. The original constitution is dated 23 April 1990 –  

Our membership has now reached over 500 in our very own centre with some 30 programs covering a wide range of classes, activities and some social events too. Currently there is pressure to expand the U3A centre to meet increased numbers.

The Membership is the strength of the organization whether as participants, organisers or administrators. It only works with all engaged. Our Members share a thirst for knowledge, a desire to learn and a willingness to share freely with others.

It is necessary to be a Member of U3A Cairns Inc. in order to attend classes. Cairns U3A classes include art and craft, book clubs, bridge and other games, bush walking, cinema, cooking shows, dancing, exercises to music and singing, health related activities, seven language classes, luncheon club, memory teasers – see the monthly U3A bulletin for further details. Volunteer Tutors come from all walks of life: Professors, businessmen and women, teachers and people who wish to continue growing their knowledge for the fun of it and the satisfaction of putting something back into society.

U3A Cairns Inc operates under a formal Constitution. We have Public Liability Insurance and operate under a Work & Health Safety Policy.  Annual membership are $30 for singles, $50 for couples; $3 per class.

For more information about U3A Cairns, go to it’s governance and/or procedures page/s.

JCU (James Cook University) welcomes Cairns U3A members to attend most subjects for no fee. For more, go to JCU University Courses (free at U3A Cairns)