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connecting seniors to lifelong learning

U3A - The University of the Third Age exists to provide a fun and inclusive community delivering lifelong learning and lifestyle activities to enrich the lives of seniors no longer working full time.

 At U3A, there are no academic requirements to become a member, just an exciting opportunity to join almost 500 members with a keen interest in building connections and exploring new interests and activities.

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The third age is that time of life when the duties of full-time work and of raising a family are over, which for most of us usually happens in our 50’s and 60’s, leaving time and energies for us again to follow our own interests and needs. Now we can  explore activities or interests we didn't have time for before.











The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a worldwide self-help organisation promoting learning for personal enjoyment and satisfaction, offering seniors the opportunity to explore new interests and to share with one another the knowledge and skills they have acquired.

U3A is a worldwide movement originating in Toulouse, France in 1973. The idea spread rapidly in France and then to other European countries and to Britain in 1981. The first U3A in Australia was established in Melbourne in 1984. Mackay  U3A, was formed in 1991, and is one of many similar U3A organisations in Australia.



When you retire, you can enjoy what could be the best time of your life.  As a member of U3A, a whole new world opens up.

Here are just some of the things you can do within our membership.


  • Attend activities to exercise the mind and learn new things.

  • Engage in informal learning to stimulated the mind, support mental health and create new friendships.

  • Choose from a multitude of classes offered or become a volunteer convenor and share your skills or passions.


  • Dine out, meet new friends, and enjoy their company.

  • Learn or teach a musical instrument and let the music take you away.

  • Participate in discussion groups, learning and laughing together.

  • Take a break to look on the brighter side of life.


  • Discover the great outdoors and lead a healther life.

  • Engage with others in social and physical activities.

  • Enjoy discussions on topics of interest to you.

  • Learn Yoga, Tai Chi or pursue creative interests

  • Join a group class with others and be part of a community.


Within the framework of U3A, 'university' is a loose term.

There are no academic requirements for membership and no exams or certificates.

U3A Mackay is a voluntary association.

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Feel free to get in touch with our team.

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