Social Connections & Other Activities

Below are a few of the activities available at Cairns U3A.  See the Timetable on the last page of our current Bulletin for details of all activities.

Birdwatching

Have you ever seen a Buff Breasted Paradise Kingfisher?  Led by expert Graham Snell, it is possible to sight over 100 different birds locally.  If you are an early riser and would like to spend a pleasant couple of hours one morning, with perhaps a coffee and chat later, then consider joining one of our birdwatching expeditions.  All field trips are within the local Cairns area, not too strenuous, and guaranteed to get results.  Graham knows where to look and can identify bird calls.  He has a wealth of knowledge on history and migration.  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?  Note: Birdwatching is currently in recess.

Book Clubs

There are several book clubs you can join.

Current Affairs

Talks are held weekly from 10am to 12pm at the Brothers Leagues Club Bistro. 

Games

Board games such as Chess and Scrabble, Mah Jong and card games such as Bridge, are popular.  Challenge your thinking with Cryptic Crosswords.

Monthly Luncheons

Commencing at 12 noon, these are held on the fourth Friday of each month at selected locations. Full details are published each month in our Bulletin.

Walking Group

The Walking Group aims to support members with their physical and mental health as well as social connections with walking and talking in nature.  We are indeed fortunate to live in a place where walking in nature is close by and accessible.  There are many flat and more challenging walks and hikes around Cairns.  Since February, the U3A walks have included the Red and Yellow Arrows, Behana Gorge, Earl Hill, Ivan Evans Walk, Gamboora Park to Redlynch Valley, Lake Morris Road to the Lookout and Lake Placid to Barron Gorge.  The walks are chosen based on the current level of experience and ability of the group.

Walking in nature seems to have positive effects on our wellbeing. There are physical benefits ranging from leg strength to heart health to increasing oxygen intake.  Mental health benefits include being mindful of where we are in the present moment, observing the wonders of mother nature and the beautiful surrounds where we live.  As well as developing a calmness in nature, friendships have formed through walking and talking and the coffee/breakfast at the end is time to reflect and enjoy each other’s company.  As we age it is important that we engage in intellectual activity (talking with others), establish social connections, and stay physically active.  The U3A Walking Group provides an opportunity for members to engage in and enjoy all three.