Nillumbik University of the Third Age (U3A) welcomes retirees and semi-retirees to join our friendly community. We offer opportunities for members to engage in great learning, sporting, artistic and social activities without a need for formal educational qualifications – all that’s required is a love of learning and a friendly outlook.


Our newsletter

We send out regular newsletters (Gibber Gabbers) to around 1,800 people in total. You can read these newsletters on our newsletter page.

Our latest Gibber Gabber was sent out on 12th June.

If you are not a member but would like to receive these free newsletters yourself, just sign up.

Our 2024 term 1 classes

We currently run around 90 different courses each term. These cover a wide range of subjects including languages, physical activities, cards & puzzles, and classes related to music, art, literature, history and science.

Enrol in classes.

Read our class timetable.

Read our course descriptions.

Our Office & 2024 term dates

Our Office is at Eltham Central Pavilion, 18 Panther Place. Map. It is open (during term times only) on Mondays, 1-3pm and Thursdays, 10am-midday. Email: Tel: 0468 300 764.

T1Mon, 5 FebruaryThu, 28 March
T2Mon, 22 AprilFri, 28 June
T3Mon, 22 JulyFri, 20 September
T4Mon, 14 OctoberFri, 6 December


Membership is open to all retired and semi-retired people and we have no age limits. We have around 900 members.

Our annual fee is just $55 a year and participation in classes is then free.

If not already a member, join us.

If a member, renew your membership for 2024.

Our upcoming events

Term 2 ends
Jun 28 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Into the woods Jr. (play) @ Eltham Little Theatre
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

During 2024, Eltham Little Theatre are generously offering U3A members half price tickets for their Sunday matinee shows. The dates for which this is applicable for Into the woods Jr. are Sundays, 7th, 14th and 21st July.

This musical, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapin, re-tells the classic Brothers Grimm fables. It centres on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack (and his beanstalk), who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

Here are the mechanics: you book your tickets online. Choose the date, then the number of ‘U3A member’ tickets, then enter the ‘502024’ discount code in the ‘gift certificate / promotion code’ box, then pay.

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Our class blogs

Many of our classes blog on this website, including our art classes, choir, golf, jazz appreciation, our walking groups and our writing groups.

Look at some of the art produced by our members.

Or read some of their poems.

Or stories from our Collaborative Writing Group, our Writing Workshop and others.

Nillumbik U3A is indebted to the following organisations for their financial contributions over the years.