Our membership fees are:

Single $30 Full year

Couple: $55*

* when paying online for Couple, please select Partner 1 for Full option and pay $30, then

Partner 2 selects Couple and pays $25

Members are encouraged to renew and join online (Preferred Method)


Online Payment Options

1. Pay by credit card via secure EWay Payment Gateway. You will be emailed a receipt from Eway for possible printing.

2. Pay by EFT using the following bank details: A receipt will be generated by your online banker for possible printing.

Account Name:
University of the Third Age Redlands District Inc



Surname, initials and membership number (if known)

Membership cards are not required this year but if you wish to have a card they are available from the U3A Redlands Office.  

Pay at Office

When renewing or taking up new membership online and you select the “Pay at Office” option, you have 14 days to make your payment in person.

Payments by cash or cheque can be taken at the office between the hours of 9:00 am -12 noon.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions please call our office on 3821 3888 before you intend to visit.


Contact enquiries(at)u3aredlands.com.au if you have any queries.


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If you like Scrabble, Sequence, Finish Lines and many others, and would like to play fortnightly, please contact JAN SHAW 0477 755 748 to express interest.   

Classes may be fortnightly, early afternoon, possibly at Cleveland or maybe Alex Hills, on a Saturday.


A 7-week series of talks exploring how the ongoing revolution in modern biology unfolded.  This revolution was to open the door to the development of completely new medicines and industries and change our lives in ways which we could have scarcely imagined 50 years ago.

Topics include:

  • Cracking the Genetic Code
  • The Genetic Engineer's Toolbox
  • Harvesting the Gene
  • Designing Magic Bullets
  • It's All in our DNA
  • Brave New World
  • Beyond the Genetic Code

This course will start in early September - for more information please email admin(at)u3aredlands.com.au, or check out the course on the webpage.


Feng Shui

In September we will be hosting a two part session (Zoom session) with Feng Shui master Athina Mercouriou.

Athina has been working in the Feng Shui industry since 1996 and has consulted with many businesses and private homes. She has taught at the Australian College of Feng Shui, been a long term weekly contributor to a major Melbourne newspaper and had a weekly segment on radio for three years.

Over the course of the sessions Athina will share her philosophy of Feng Shui and as a bonus she will do a forecast for U3A members on the year of the Ox.

She will share with us tips to improve our health, wealth, lifestyle and study as well as what we can do to foster hope and avoid anxiety in these challenging Covid times.

Lastly Athina will provide us with five tips of what we can do in our homes to improve our Feng Shui. At the end of each session we will take questions of a general nature.

Please register your interest to attend these Zoom sessions by emailing enquiries(at)u3aredlands.com.au or phoning the office on 33821 3888.

Session 1.   Thursday 2 September at 10.00am

Session 2.   Thursday 16 September at 10.00am.


Redfest Strawberry Festival 2021

This year's Strawberry Festival will be held at the Redland Showgrounds - September 3rd-5th.

There will be Exhibit Competitions including Redland's Best Strawberry Cup Cakes and introducing a new section "Blokes in the Kitchen" and a Scarecrow Design Competition for students.

A list of exhibits and competitions include:

Vegetables from the home garden



Handicrafts and Needlework

Cakes, Sweets and Preserves

Apiary (honey)

Restricted Classes (for Aged Care, Nursing Home residents, over 70's and people with disabilities)

Community Garden

Hints and Tips

There will also be The Creation Station Display, an initiative of Homegrown & Homemade 2021. If you have created it, made it or formed it during COVID-19 restrictions 2020-21 then Redfest is the place to display your talent. e.g. Design made with 3D Printer, Diamond Dot Art, Mosaic piece, Artwork of any medium, Paint by Numbers.

For more information, please check out the Redfest website - www.redfest.com.au or



Botany in the Bush - Term 3

Thurs. Aug 19, 7.45am - Blue Lake National Park/Neem-Bee-Ba Trail, North Stradbroke Island

Thurs, Sept 15, 7.30am - JC Trotter Memorial Park, Brisbane Koala Bushlands, Cherbon St. Burbank.


Deutsch für Fortgeschrittene geht ins Kino!

(Advanced German goes to the movies!)

Palace Cinemas in collaboration with German Films brought the best German-language cinema to Australia in June. The festival screened thirty feature films in eighteen locations and opened with Daniel Brühl’s directorial debut – ‘Next Door’.

 With 27 Australian premieres and a festival line-up that included box office hits and award-winning dramas straight from this year’s Berlinale, the festival was a fantastic celebration of German culture and filmmaking. From thrillers and documentaries, to feel-good comedies, this year’s films amused, inspired and entertained.

The Wednesday Redlands U3A Advanced German class went to see Enkel für Anfänger (Grandparenting 101) on Wednesday 16 June instead of their normal class. On completion of the film class members enjoyed a late lunch in a nearby cafe.

 Karin’s (Maren Kroymann) retirement life isn't what she hoped. She stopped work to spend more time with her husband Harold expecting that they could travel the world, but they do not. Retired physician Gerhard (Heiner Lauterbach) has been widowed for two years and now his dog has died. Philippa (Barbara Sukowa) is a retired hippie living in a rundown trailer in a trailer park.

 In their search for new perspectives, Philippa arranges for them to become hired grandparents, and they each get a family with children to take care of. But instead of harmony and gratitude, they are soon confronted with overprotective parents, hyperactive children and their own demons and dreams.

 Enkel für Anfänger is a charming comedy that connects old and young. In Enkel für Anfänger these three discover that it is never too late to start a new chapter in life.

John Barker





U3A Breakfast Group Venues

29 Aug  0830    Mila Cafe, Old Cleveland Rd. East, Wellington Pt

26 Sept 0800    Little Bloomfield Cafe, near Cleveland Library



Now open for new intake, from July 12 until Nov 22.  

Enrol first on the U3A Redlands website before contacting Lurline (0405 112 656) for further information regarding course.


Be Independent. Be Connected

Haven’t seen the grandkids for a while? Can’t make it to the shops this week? Need a hand to use your device?

Be Connected Program - Starts in Term 3

We can help get you get started on the internet and to use your smartphone, computer or device:

  • learn to video call friends and family;
  • order groceries to be delivered;
  • discover a world of entertainment online;
  • find a recipe, knitting or crochet pattern, and
  • find new or old friends who share your interests and hobbies.

If you’ve never used a computer before, or you just want help with your current device.

Getting local support makes going online or using your device easy.

Classes are now starting in August at Birkdale School of Arts. Register your place with our Be Connected Co-ordinator Debbie Mitchell by emailing bcproject(at)u3aredlands.com.au or phone U3A Office on 3821 3888.


NEW SECURITY RULES - Cleveland District SHS

As part of a Queensland Government initiative the school gates at Cleveland District SHS (where our Head Office is located) will now be locked between 0930am and 1430pm. Access will then be freely available until 1745pm when the school gates will again be locked.

If you are visiting U3A Redlands before 0930am, you will have unrestricted access to the Head Office. If, however, you visit between 0930am and midday, you will need to either:

  • Phone the office 3821 3888 when you arrive at the school, and Jules or the Volunteer of the Day will unlock the gate for you (please use the main gate leading to the School Admin building) or,
  • Go to the School Admin block and ask them to phone Jules.

We know this is an inconvenience, however it is Qld legislation and will be happening in all schools, both primary and high, across the State. Thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding.



Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners is BACK!

Starting on June 10, at 1:45pm, in the Victoria Point library.   

For further details please contact Graham Applegate on 3409 4499 or gapplegate(at)bigpond.com



Laughter Yoga!

Venue: St Pauls Anglican Church Hall, 4 Cross St. Cleveland

Day:    Every Thursday (except for the 3rd Thursday of the month)

Time:   9.30am - 10.30am

Please contact the office for more details.

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Camera and Photography Tutorials and Discussions

A new class will commence via Zoom from Wednesday 3 March, 1.00 pm - 2.30pm each first Wednesday of the month during term time.

A Zoom invitation will be emailed to participants prior to each class. Please note an email address is required to attend this class and some knowledge of how to attend a meeting via Zoom. If you require assistance with Zoom please contact enquiries(at)u3aredlands.com.au

This class is open to all U3A Redlands members

Discussions will be on various topics relating to your camera and photography subjects.  Please contact the class Tutor, John Burt on john4163(at)tpg.com.au to register your interest.


Armchair Travel 2021

Armchair travel will be held in the Cleveland Uniting Church - Large Hall - on 1st Thursday of the month from 9.30 - 11.00am

To comply with Covid-19 Restrictions attendance at this course is limited to 60 people, on a first come first in basis.  



BYO Coffee & Discussion Group via Zoom  

The group meets via Zoom at 9:30am on Tuesdays (weekly). New members are very welcome to join our group - topics vary and occasionally we have a guest speaker.   For more information and to join one of our sessions please contact Julie Porteous - vicepresident(at)u3aredlands.com.au.   New term commences 20th July, cost $8 per term.

3rd August - Topic TBA

10th August - Guest speaker, Rosie Kenny to tell us about "Free to Shine", a NFP child protection organisation keeping girls safe in school within Cambodia.

17 August - Dr Beth Fulton, Senior Principal Research Scientist - Oceans & Atmosphere,  CSIRO, Hobart.   Beth will be joining our group to talk about the Blue Economy and the future of our Oceans.  

31st August - Guest Speaker, Norm Hunter OAM.   "How Intelligent are You?" or "How Are You Intelligent?"   This session is open to all U3A Members - to book please contact Julie Porteous email vicepresident(at)u3aredlands.com.au


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LIFE IN AUSTRALIA has returned to the Donald Simpson Centre  

We are pleased to announce that the Life in Australia programme will return to the Donald Simpson Community Centre from February 1st from 9.30am - 11.00am.   

The number restrictions on Life in Australia have been lifted so there is room for new members and previous members who may wish to return.

Various speakers present on a different topic each week. 

Aug 2       The Joy of Writing - Paul Bland, Retired Secondary School Principal and Priest.

Aug 9        Redlands Show Holiday!

Aug 16      Riding for Eagles Wings - Joayn Hedges, Keen Cyclist and Supporter of Eagles Wings

Aug 23      Gentle Hands, Philippines - Nathan Wheeley, International Ambassador and Fund-Raising Coordinator, Gentle Hands

Aug 30      The Other Brisbane Ship Building - Mike Sobyra, Retired Naval Officer; Board Member and Volunteer with Qld. Maritime Museum.

Sept 6       Redlands Coast People: Ebenezer Thorne - Angela Puata, Local History Librarian, Redlands.

Sept 13     Australians in Bomber Command in WW2 in UK - Phil Castle, Journalist and Historian

 n.b. The "Railway Manly to Cleveland" presentation has been deferred and may be done in Term 4


Rambling in the Redlands 

What:      Walking - exercise and appreciation of the outdoors

When:     2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month except during school holidays

Duration: Up to 2 hours - Start Time: 6.30am summer; 7.00am winter

Requirements: Sturdy shoes, water, hat. A hiking pole is encouraged. Insect repellent is useful.

Term 3, 2021

August 12    7.00am   King Island, Wellington Pt.

August 26     7.00am   Cleveland Point, Shore St. North, Cleveland

Sept 9           Catch 6.38am Train from Cleveland for Story Bridge, Brisbane City walk. Alight South Bank  Station 7.25am



1. Wash hands regularly with appropriate sanitisers or soap and water.  Carry a personal sanitiser pack, and avoid touching your face if possible.

2. Members who have travelled recently from China or other countries with infection outbreaks, should self-isolate at home for two weeks afterwards.

3. People with upper respiratory systems - fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat - should avoid classes until the nature of their illness is clear and they no longer have such symptoms.  Please also read these advisory documents:

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), Qld Government & Coronavirus (COVID-19), Australian Government or Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Ovel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The U3A Office is open 9am – 12noon Monday to Friday during school terms, call 3821 3888 with enquiries.


U3A, short for the University of the Third Age, provides members with affordable education and the opportunity to study and learn in a relaxed environment. The U3A approach to instruction is informal and study groups are attended by an experienced tutor. There are no prerequisites required to join classes and no exams or formal assessments of students. Redlands U3A provides activities and classes covering a range of different subjects. Peruse our list of courses and find that subject that has always interested you but you never had the time to do. 

U3A Redlands acknowledges the services provided by MyU3A and Design Bordello. 

How do I join?

You can apply for membership by completing our online form and then paying your application fee by EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer).

Alternatively, you can download and print our membership application form and bring the completed form and payment to our office during office hours.

 Membership application form (print version)

For more information on joining U3A Redlands and attending classes, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.