This activity is currently in recess.

First Thursday of each month, start times vary (usually around 7/7.30 am – 10 am), in different outdoor locations. 

We will next meet on Thursday, 1 April, at 7 am, at the Central Swamp, Cnr Patience/Mayers St. 

Bring the usual items: Insect repellent, sunscreen, hat and binoculars.

Please remember that social distancing rules continue to apply, including:

  • Keeping 1.5 metres distance from each other at all times.  
  • Please don’t attend a walk if you have any signs of illness.
  • Carry your own hand sanitiser.

Have you ever seen a Buff Breasted Paradise Kingfisher?

If you are an early riser and would like to spend a pleasant couple of hours one morning , with perhaps a coffee and chat after, then please consider joining one of our Bird Watching expeditions.

Led by our local bird watching expert , it is possible to sight over 100 different birds just locally.

All field trips are within the local area, are definitely not too strenuous and guaranteed to get results as our expert not only knows where to look but can identify by bird calls. He also has a wealth of knowledge on facts like history and migration from places like PNG.

No special equipment is required. Just a hat, insect repellent, sunscreen and binoculars are helpful if you have them. You can take photos on your phone, but a camera is better.

Fresh air, gentle exercise , and the excitement of some new discovery. Who could ask for anything more?

At arrival you will be asked to sign the attendance sheet and provide your contact details. U3A members are also advised that on field trips you take full responsibility for yourself.

For tutor/convener contact details see the time table in the current bulletin.

4th Friday of each month. 

  • 23 July, 12 pm for 12.30, ‘Wild Thyme’, 41 Shields Street, Cairns.
  • 3 course menu for $30 pp, including as glass of wine or soft drink.
  • Payment by Cash at U3A Reception or by bank transfer to P Knoch BSB 633 000 Account 167 738 756.
  • Please write name in ‘Expressions of Interest’ green folder.

 

For tutor/convener contact details see the time table in the current bulletin.

3rd Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, 16 June –> Green, Blue & Red Arrow Walks; meet at 7.30 am. This is a moderate/strenuous walk, some 3 ½ hours, starting at Bel Air Drive, Whitfield.

This is  a moderate/strenuous walk of some 3 1/2 hours, starting at Bel Air Drive, Whitfield, parking at Collins Ave, where we split groups in two or three 3 cars as necessary and drive to Green Arrow. 

An initially steep climb will open to a flat area at the top with great views of either side of ridge. The track starts follows through beautiful rainforest, with quite a few steps in places and roots and rocks to negotiate. The Green Arrow eventually runs into the Blue one where we descend until reaching the Red Arrow and continue down to the bottom at the Cafe for much needed coffee. Suitable shoes are a must.

You’ll need plenty of water, snacks, insect repellent, hat and good walking shoes. If interested, please contact the convener to book.   

For tutor/convener contact details see the time table in the current bulletin.

Please remember that we are still required to comply with social distancing regulations, including:

  • Keeping 1.5 metres distance from each other at all times.  
  • DO NOT attend if you have any signs of illness.
  • Carry your own hand sanitiser.

 

Our walks are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, fresh air and exercise, and the company of like-minded people.  We have a varied selection of walks, one each month, which range from easy to moderate to the odd strenuous ones. We have a strong core group who like to meet socially as well. We generally recommend to bring water, hat, strong shoes, sunscreen/repellent and snacks.  

Some of our trips have included:

  • Glacier Rock, both from Speewah and Rainforest Estate
  • Lakes Barrine and Eacham
  • The Bump Track, Port Douglas
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Goldfields Trail, Babinda
  • Behana Gorge
  • Blue, Red and Green Arrow walks
  • White Rock Peak
  • Copperlode
  • Fitzroy Island 
  • and more ….

We always carry drinks and snacks, but if a suitable café is available we will have a light lunch after our walk. 

New members are always welcome.  Stay fit and healthy and enjoy our beautiful bush.  Come and see this beautiful place we live in!