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.

Percy Grainger Museum

Objects of Fame:
Nellie Melba &
Percy Grainger

Percy Grainer

Wednesday 6 March

This exhibition showcases, in parallel, the internationally recognised career paths of Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger and explores how these two musicians exploited the opportunities to build their fame. A magnificent collection of Percy Grainger’s memorabilia is well worth seeing.

Time: 1pm
Meet: Grainger Museum, Gate B, Royal Pde, Parkville
Transport: Catch tram No 19 along Elizabeth St, City, and alight at stop No 11. Limited street parking

Cost: Free

Book online using course code 19EXC005

Portarlington Mill
Ferry Cruise to Portarlington,
Historic tour &

Thursday 21 March

Ready for a good day out? Board the Port Phillip Ferry at 9.30am (capacity 400)
destined for Portarlington and arriving at 11.00am. Enjoy an informative walk with
local historian, including a visit to the old National Trust mill. Lunch at the Grand
Hotel overlooking the bay and board the return ferry at 3.30pm.

Cost: $31 Ferry return fare plus mill entry. Lunch own cost
Time: Depart 9:30, Return by 5.00
Location: depart from Docklands Terminal

Book online using course code 19EXC001

Kew cemetery

Guided Tour of Kew Cemetery

Wednesday, 24 April

Boroondara General Cemetery, often referred to as the Kew cemetery, is one
of the oldest in Victoria. Established in 1859 with an area of 12.5 hectares,
remarkably it contains 75,000 graves, including those of many prominent persons
and a few rogues also. Our guide will impart many fascinating stories of the lives of those who now rest there.

Cost: $10.00
Time: 2.00 pm
Location: Main gate, High Street, Kew.
Melway Ref:45F5

Limit:  30 participants

Book online using course code 19EXC002

East Malvern RSL

Jazz Piano luncheon

Thursday, 23 May

Six pianists and a guest soloist will entertain you in the relaxed atmosphere of the
East Malvern RSL. This event includes well known ‘name’ musicians and up-and-
coming pianists who have been mentored for the benefit of the next generation.

Their music ranges from ragtime to contemporary. A great afternoon!

Cost: Free concert. Seniors meals available. Gold coin donation for tea/coffee towards instrument maintenance.
Time: 12:00 to 3pm
Location: East Malvern RSL function room - Stanley Grose Drive.

Limit: 50 participants

Book and pay online using course code 19EXC003

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute

Thursday, 6 June

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is Australia's oldest medical research institute established in 1915 and produced a Nobel Prize winner, Sir McFarland Burnett in 1960. He was the director for almost 20 years, working in immunology.

Hear of the Institute's achievements through the recent decades with research covering many areas. There is an opportunity for small groups to visit selected laboratories.

Lunch, if desired, can be obtained nearby.

Cost: free
Time: 10.30am Must be punctual
Location: 1G Royal Parade Parkville. No 19 Tram in Elizabeth Street
Transport: Own transport

Book and pay online using course code 19EXC004

Supreme Court
Supreme Court

Friday, 19 July

Not to be missed! Hear about the intricacies of courtroom procedure with our expert guide,
view the magnificent building and witness the Supreme Court in session.

Cost: complimentary
Time: 10.50am for security check
Tour: 11am sharp
Location: 210 William Street, Melbourne
Entrance: round the corner in Lonsdale Street
Transport: Own transport

Limited to 20 participants

Book and pay online using course code 19EXC006

Hellenic Museum
Hellenic Museum

Tuesday, 13 August

The Hellenic Museum is committed to the past and celebrating the present with a special exhibition, ‘Gods, Myths and Mortals’ featuring 8000 years of Greek Civilisation.
View the superb pottery, Roman Marbles and photographic exhibition by Bill Henson.

Cost: $10 entry and tour per person
Time: 10.30am
Location: 280 William Street, Melbourne (ex Mint Building) opposite Flagstaff station

Limited to 20 participants

Book and pay online using course code 19EXC007

Royal United Services Institute
Royal United Services
Institute Library

Thursday, 12 September

Housed in the historic Barracks precinct, the library holds a military collection of historic significance with a focus on Australia, New Zealand and the region, including maps of the Gallipoli Campaign, transcripts on diaries and letters from WW1 & WW2, ‘silk maps’, sheet music of the time and records of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders in the Armed Forces.

A very interesting collection not usually seen by the public

Cost: complimentary
Time: 10.30am
Location: The Barracks, 256-310 St Kilda Road, Southbank (large bluestone building)
Security: Driver licence or passport mandatory

Limited to 10 participants

Book and pay online using course code 19EXC008

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

Excursion Co-ordinator: Joan Harding