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Welcome to the Eastlakes U3A website

We are based on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie and generally cover the area from Charlestown in the North to Swansea in the South and from Belmont to Warners Bay East to West.

The menu on the left will allow you to easily find the information you are looking for whether you are already a member or a potential member looking for an introduction to our U3A community.

The $45 annual membership allows you to do as many classes as your time and interests allow at no extra cost – apart from some materials. This means that for $45 per year, you could potentially be attending classes all day, every day!

Whilst U3A stands for University of the Third Age, there are no tests or marks. At this time of our lives, this organisation is purely for social, physical and mental well being. So, if you’re retired or semi-retired, have some time up your sleeves and are looking at what to do with yourself, look no further.  There’s plenty here to interest you.

If you have a special topic that interests you and it’s not already being offered, maybe you’d like to consider being a Leader.

Anyway, browse through our website and I’m sure there’s something here that will interest you. If you like what you see, spread it around your friends. We’re not a secret society! 

Four New Classes for Term 2 – Take a look!

New Meditation Class added Mondays from Term 2 Onwards

Colleen will be running a Meditation and Relaxation class 123 in Terms 2,3&4 from 10.30 to 12 at the Belmont Library Meeting Room similarly to the current Friday class which is very full.  If your life feels stressed and you need to find out how to de-stress then give this class a try.

Sex, Sin & Caesars Starts on 15th May

This new course by Keith will start on 15th May and will continue till the end of the year. Course Number: 512 will be held at Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Hwy, Swansea on Fridays from 10:30am to 12:00

This course will cover the personal lives and public deeds of the rulers of Rome from Julius Caesar to the emperor Hadrian, a period from about 50 BC to 138 AD. It will be loosely based on the somewhat scandalous but revealing series of biographies by the Roman writer Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus who was secretary to Hadrian and who therefore had access to a multitude of documents from the imperial archives. However, the period is one when the Roman Empire was at its political height and one that has influenced not only our perception of ancient Rome but also our own conception of what it is to be European. 

No doubt this class will be full of surprises – join the class now and find out more!

Making Movies with the iPad – change of Venue

Ray Donoghue is offering a course which will enable participants to take videos and turn them into simple, fun movie projects. Whether you want to preserve family memories or keep a record of a hobby, this course will enable you to do just that. The course will cover taking videos with an iPad; planning a project; selecting video and audio clips, and putting it all together in a movie. You will need to bring your iPad preloaded with iMovie and you must have completed the “Getting the Most from Your iPad” course. Check the programme for the new venue for this class.

Ballroom Dancing

Lesley Taylor will run a course in ballroom dancing at KC Dance Headquarters, Marks Street, Belmont on Friday afternoons from 12.30 – 2.00 pm. Come along and dance for fun and fitness, partners not essential. Learn different styles of Ballroom Dance (waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, slow rhythm etc.) Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for dancing, and bring a bottle of water.

If you’re interested, contact our enrolment officer by email at