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.


Monday 5 March

The Government House Education Tour consists of a 30 minute tour of the State Apartments followed by a 30 min Q&A session. 1 hour total time

The Tour will usually be led by the Governor’s husband, Mr Anthony Howard QC.

Participants will learn about Government House and the role of the Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC.

Visitors using public transport can alight at tram stop 17 (Police Memorial Stop) on St Kilda Road, or walk from Flinders Street Station.

Cost: free
Time: 2.30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Government House Drive, Melbourne, adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens and close to the Shrine of Remembrance.
Meet: Gatehouse, Government House Drive

Limit:  Minimum 15; maximum 25 participants

Book online using course code 18EXC003



Garden and Afternoon Tea

Friday, 20 April

A wonderful afternoon is in store as you are guided around the historic garden listening to the stories surrounding this famous location. Many artists, playwrights and Melbourne’s establishment society had enjoyed Dame Nellie Melba’s hospitality. Stroll through the beautifully restored garden and complete the tour with an outstanding afternoon tea.

Cost: $25.00
Time: 1.30 pm to approximately 3pm
Location: 673- 675 Mountain Highway, Coldstream
Melway Ref: 281

Limit:  26 participants

Book online using course code 18EXC002



lunch provided

Friday, 4 May

Treat yourself, celebrate autumn! Visit the famous heritage garden, Duneira, and embrace the magnificent colours of autumn. A breathtaking sight! Enjoy the country atmosphere with lunch provided by the ladies of Mt Macedon Country Women’s Association and conclude the excursion with a guided tour of the amazing
Dicsonia Rare Plant Nursery, often featured in the media.

Cost: $74.00
Time: 9.30 am sharp to approximately 4pm
Departure: Sinclair Avenue Campus
Transport: by coach

Limit: 40 participants

Book and pay online using course code 18EXC004

For further queries, please contact Joan Harding [phone number is in your December 2018 Newsletter].

Excursion Co-ordinator: Joan Harding