Masthead of U3A Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia: gateway to new learning experiences


All tours fees are payable at the time of placing reservation.

The simplest way to book an excursion is to use the Membership System.

Membership system link

After logging in, select View Courses. Excursions are listed with the prefix EXC and you can filter courses to see only excursions by selecting EXC in the 'dropdown' box titled Parent Code selection.

Then, simply click in the box to the left of the excursion you wish to book, Ensure that you then click the green box marked Confirm Selections and then, on the new page, Finalise your enrolments.

Once you have booked you should then click on View Member Details and scroll to the section headed "Enrolments and Subscriptions". There you will see that the excursion has been added to your other courses.

If there is a fee for the excursion you will find a blue "Pay Invoice" button has been placed beside the excursion listing. Click on the button to proceed to pay online using your credit card with PayPal.

If you wish to pay at the office, print 2 copies of the Invoice and bring them with you. One will be returned to you as a receipt.

Your booking will not be considered confirmed until you have paid.

Bookings close 14 days prior to tour date.

For cancellations made 14 days or less prior to the scheduled departure, no refund will be made.

The Blackbird

Upper Maribyrnong

"The Blackbird"

Thursday, 12 March

Your chance to board the famous ‘Blackbird’ ferry to explore the historic upper reaches of the Maribyrnong River. Learn the early history of Melbourne and view the present development along its banks. An award winning tour with light refreshments provided.

Cost: $25
Time: 12.30pm - 2:30pm
Location: Footscray on the west side of the Maribyrnong River. Proceed to the end of Wingfield Street (Salt River Place). The ferry is 100 metres to the end of Salt River Place. Ample parking.

Melway ref: 42 E5

Limited to 28 participants

Book and pay online using course code 20EXC001

Beleura House
Beleura House
and Garden

Tuesday, 12 April

Join us for an outstanding day out. Visit beautiful Beleura House and garden – a landmark built in 1863 and showcasing the life once lived by Sir John Tallis, theatre entrepreneur and Chairman of J C Williamson Ltd. Enjoy morning tea, a tour of the property and lunch.

A very special tour.

Cost: $75
Inclusions: Transport, morning tea and lunch
Time: 8.30 am sharp, returning approximately 3.00 pm (allow extra time for morning traffic)
Meet: U3A Hawthorn carpark
Limit: 40 participants

Book online using course code 20EXC002

Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine

Thursday, 14 May

There’s much to learn about our Shrine, which has a special place in our hearts.  A guide will explain the features and symbolism of this beautiful building. 

Discover the visual records of our troops at war in the superbly presented exhibition beneath the Shrine and, lastly, take in the view of Melbourne from the upper balcony (no lift).

Cost: complimentary
Time: 10.00 am am for around 1½ hours duration
Meet: Shrine tour information desk

Book online using course code 20EXC003

Maton Guitar Factory


Monday, 22 June

Watch the artisans at work.  The Maton Guitar Factory has created some of the world’s finest acoustic and electric guitars, currently exporting 30% of their stock to Asia, North America and Europe. 

These renowned instruments have been played by Keith Urban, Paul Kelly and Tommy Emmanuel.

Cost: $10
Time: 10.15 am for around 90 minutes duration
Meet: 6 Clarice Street, Box Hill South
Limit: 12 participants
Note: Wear closed footwear (factory requirement)

Book online using course code 20EXC004

Sydney Road, Brunswick



Wednesday, 15 July

Led by food enthusiast, Margaret Paeker, we will be immersed in the Middle Eastern and Italian world of this northern suburb. 

Be tempted by exotic foods, visit the market, the Halaal butcher, the delicious cakes sold by weight, the package free store, and visit the local clothing boutiques and knitwear stores.  Conclude at the A1 Bakery for an inexpensive lunch (own expense). 

Remember to wear walking shoes and bring a trolley or bags to carry purchases

Cost: complimentary
Time: 10.00 am sharp
Meet: 446 Sydney Road, Brunswick (corner Victoria Street and Sydney Road – outside Franco Cozzo’s store)
Limit: 15 participants

Book online using course code 20EXC005

For further queries, please contact Joan Harding [phone number is in your December 2019 Newsletter].

Excursion Co-ordinator: Joan Harding