U3A Central Coast (NSW) Inc

Spread Your Wings


Objectives of U3A Central Coast:

  • to provide mature age people learning activities which offer stimulation and development
  • to offer the social contacts arising from these activities
  • to encourage members to learn both passively and actively where there is no distinction between those who teach and those who learn
  • to help dispel the notion of intellectual decline with age


Courses vary greatly and change from semester to semester as members decide to share their special knowledge with others. Courses may include lifestyle and practical skills, musical, theatrical, literary, artistic, cinematic, scientific, environmental and historical interests, as well as discussions about current affairs and physical activities.

Outings, trips and social events are also held from time to time.

The year is divided into semesters, beginning in February or July. – Most courses operate during the week in the daytime, although occasionally courses are also held on the weekend.


Why U3A?

The term “U3A” is an abbreviated form of an earlier name, “University of the Third Age” which placed the members in a third stage of their life after the stages of youth/learning and the working life.

The U3A aim is to provide opportunities for these people to get together and provide intellectual stimulation by sharing knowledge in friendly social settings.


The U3A concept originated in France in 1968, although there, and in other Continental countries, U3A groups were actually connected to academic universities.

When the movement reached Britain in the early 1980s, this connection with academic universities was abandoned in favour of a self-help organisation. It is this model that is followed in the Australian network of U3A branches, of which U3A Central Coast is one.

U3A Central Coast

U3A Central Coast was incorporated in 1998 and has steadily increased in size until today its membership is approximately 700, with some 70 courses available each semester.

U3A activities began on the Central Coast in 1993, when the local organisation was affiliated with the Sydney branch and was known as Sydney U3A-Central Coast Region.

In 1998, after considerable discussion about the benefits of having an autonomous branch, U3A Central Coast (NSW) Inc. came into being.

If you would like to join or find out more, click on this Membership Application link or click on the Membership link on the right.

If you would like to communicate with a committee member, please:–

– phone our Duty Officer on 0408 704 701

– email us on u3a@centralcoast.u3anet.org.au OR

– write to the Secretary of U3A at PO Box 1239, GOSFORD 2250.