About Us

U3A Douglas Shire is part of the worldwide network of Third Age “universities” which started at the University Of Toulouse, France in 1973.  The Third Age incorporates people who are retired or semi-retired, and typically over the age of 50.   Recent studies have shown that U3A is making a substantial contribution to society by helping its members to remain healthy and active for longer.  U3A Douglas Shire formed in 2021 as a branch of the U3A Cairns.  On April 24, 2023 members voted to become an independent branch of U3A.

There are many benefits to becoming a member of U3A Douglas Shire:
  • experiencing new and rewarding learning opportunities;
  • making new friends and meeting like-minded people;
  • sharing your knowledge with others;
  • teaching others your skills;
  • volunteering in a community focussed organisation;
  • accessing lectures at James Cook University free of charge (subject to acceptance) see JCU Cairns for more details;

Contact us:

General Enquiries:  president.u3adouglas@gmail.com
Membership:  members.u3adouglas@gmail.com
Look for us on our Facebook page:  U3A Douglas Shire Facebook page.  
In recognition of the French heritage of U3A and the 50th anniversary of the founding of U3A in France, we welcomed Port Petanque under the U3A umbrella with a French-themed event on May 27, 2023.

Welcoming Port Petanque