Enrolment in Excursions is done in the same way as enrolling in all other courses. Please enrol online using the Membership system or by visiting Reception. Telephone or email enrolments are not accepted. Excursions are for Members of U3A Hawthon only.

All tour fees are payable at the time of enrolment, either online or at Reception.
Bookings close 14 days prior to tour departure date.


For cancellations made 14 days or less prior to the scheduled departure, no refund will be made.


Hear the historical stories of early Melbourne as you cruise upstream on the Maribyrnong River and witness the old and new developments along the bank of the river. Arriving at the beautiful Poyntons Nursery, enjoy time out before reboarding the Tramboat for a sandwich lunch while returning to base.

Wednesday, 15 March

Time: 10.30am – 2pm

Enrol in: 23EXC001
Cost: $49
(includes cruise, morning tea, visit to the nursery, sandwich lunch onboard on return)
Meet: The Marina Dockland Ferry Terminal – opposite Marvel Stadium
Tram No. 70 or City Circle No. 35 Alight at Stop D3
Limit: no limit


Romancing the Landscape

Join this curator-led tour of ‘Romancing the Landscape’ and celebrate a group exhibition of street scapes and buildings of Melbourne and surrounds. Hear directly from the artists and get a deep understanding of the art works on display. With a mastery of paint, the featured artists slip between direct observation and imagination, revealing their unique perspectives of urban existence.
Highly recommended.

Date: Wednesday 5 April
Meet: 360 Burwood Rd Hawthorn
Time: 12 noon to 1pm
Cost: Free


By popular demand, we shall revisit this incredible collection of jazz memorabilia and be entertained royally be a talented jazz band. A great morning concludes with a light lunch. Invite a friend to share this wonderful experience.

Please wear your name tag.

Tuesday, 18 April

Enrol in: 23EXC002
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Meet: Gate 3, Yarra Park Brunton Avenue, Richmond
Limit: No limit

Cost: $25 per person (includes jazz performance and light lunch)

Payment for this excursion must be completed on enrolment. You can pay on-line, by bank transfer or at Reception.
CANCELLATION POLICY For cancellations made 14 days or less prior to the scheduled departure, no refund will be made.


Join this popular tour and be guided through the award-winning Jewish Museum of Australia. It tells of the unique contribution of Jews in Australia over the last 200 years and traces their waves of migration here. It is custodian of over 20,000 objects and stories that tell the continuum of Jewish life and what it means to be Jewish in Australia. We will then proceed to the adjoining synagogue for further interest. A recommended tour.

Please wear your name tag

Friday 19 May

Enrol in: 23EXC003
Time: 10.30am
Meet: 26 Alma Road, St Kilda – Melway reference: 58C9

Cost: $12
Payment for this excursion must be completed on enrolment. You can pay on-line, by bank transfer or at Reception.
CANCELLATION POLICY For cancellations made 14 days or less prior to the scheduled departure, no refund will be made.


Always a winner, sample one of Melbourne’s best value dining experiences. Established by
William Angliss to train final year apprentice chefs and hospitality students. Enjoy time out,
dine with a friend for an exceptional lunch.

Enrol in 23EXC005

Date: Monday 19 June
Cost: $35 includes three courses: entrée, main and dessert
Drinks at the bar
Meet: 550 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne
Time: 12 noon
Limit: 20 persons

Please wear your name tag.


Explore, enquire and enjoy the social history of medicine and its role in society through a
diverse exhibition program. Visit the 19th century Savoy and Moore Pharmacy, complete
with pharmaceutical jars and equipment.The Museum is for those inquisitive about
medicine’s contribution to the scientific and community well being.

Enrol in 23EXC006

Date: Wednesday 19 July
Cost: No cost
Meet: Located on Level 2, Brownless Biomedical Library (Building 182) which is
behind the Medical Building on Gratton Street
Enter Gate 10, Gratton Street and follow Kernot Road
Melways Reference: X871J6
Time: 10:30am
Limit: 25 persons

Please wear your name tag.


The Third Act, by Emma Wood, is a tale of complex family relationships. Faced with the approaching marriage of her daughter, Sue is forced to come to terms with her own very different circumstances. A great afternoon’s entertainment.

Enrol in 23EXC007

Date: Saturday 26 August, Matinee
Cost: $25 per person
Meet: The theatre at 29 Burke Road, Malvern East. Easy parking
Time: 1:45pm, for 2:00pm start
Limit: 20 tickets


Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Take your car to have an exciting day out exploring Australia’s most popular art exhibition, the Archibald Prize Art Award 2023, exclusively for portraiture.

Since 1921, it has highlighted figures from all walks of life, from famous faces to local heroes, reflecting back to us the story of our times. A great opportunity to see the finalists for this special award and while you are there also check out the popular Packing Room Prize, first awarded in 1991, and chosen by the NSW Gallery staff who receive, unpack and hang the entries. Always controversial!

A cafe is available for refreshments or cruise the local offerings.

Enrol and pay in the usual way – on-line or at Reception

Don’t forget your badge.

Monday 18 September

Cost: $15 per person (for group of 20 or more)
Meet: 350 Civic Reserve, Dunns Rd, Mornington
Time: 11.50 am for 12noon start
Limit: 29
Transport: Own vehicle

Enrol in 23EXC008


A guided walking tour of the historic centre of Ballarat with Norm Fary, who grew up in the town.

Gold was first found around Ballarat in 1851 and it became a prosperous settlement. Like
Melbourne, the wealth brought by gold in the 1880s in particular, is reflected in the collection
of fine buildings in the centre of the city today. There is the City Hall, banks, churches and
cathedrals, a railway station, law courts, offices and more.

This is a guided walking tour of around 1.5 to 2 hours

Enrol in 23EXC009

Date: Wednesday 11 October – from 10:15am in Ballarat
Cost: No cost

For those travelling by train from Melbourne
Meet: Southern Cross Station
Time: Train leaves Southern Cross at 8:36am, arriving at 10:01am
Check times closer to the day, as always subject to change

If travelling serparately:
Meet: Entrance lobby to the Ballarat Railway Station
Time: 10:15am
Limit: 20 persons
Returning Time: Train leaves Ballarat at 3:24pm or 4:48pm
Parking is timed close to the station. Beware.

Bring your own lunch or have lunch in the Art Gallery cafe or a local pub.
After lunch, you may independently visit the Art Gallery, The Museum of Australian
Democracy Eureka, the Botanic Gardens with the Prime Minister’s Avenue and War
Memorial, the Tram Museum or further explore the city centre.