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Outings and walks

General Disclaimer

Most activities involve some element of risk. Bushwalking, in particular, is an inherently dangerous activity and requires an appropriate level of fitness. While both U3A ACT Inc. and the National Trust (ACT) maintain public liability insurance and will endeavour to protect your safety, they cannot remove all the dangers. Both organisations must also assume that participants, by booking, consider themselves to have appropriate levels of fitness and mobility. Those undertaking activities should therefore be aware that they participate at their own risk.

National Trust Tours and Outings

The National Trust (ACT) reserves a few spaces on each of their tours and events for U3A members. U3A members are entitled to book by ringing the National Trust office (6230 0533) during business hours. Leaflets giving all necessary information about each activity are posted to applicants prior to the event. If you wish to book, payment may be made by cash, cheque or credit card to the National Trust (ACT), PO Box 1144, Civic Square ACT 2608. Please note that, if paying in person, the office is located at Unit 3.09, Level 3, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge St, Canberra City. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 3.00pm. When booking, please ensure that you give your full name, address and home phone number, your dietary/mobility/pick-up requirements (if any), plus the names of others you may be booking for. Cheques should be made payable to National Trust (ACT), not to U3A! If paying by credit card (possible by phone) please state type of card, card number, expiry date and name of cardholder.

Private Gardens of the Monaro – Self-drive tour

(National Trust)

24 October 2017, 10:30 am — 4:00 pm

We will visit three private gardens in the Monaro High Country - Hazeldean, Shirley and Curry Flat homestead. The gardens are located on historic pastoral properties where sheep and cattle graze over the
extensive Monaro plains. At altitudes of around 1000 metres, the gardens are “cold climate” with four distinct seasons giving fabulous autumn colour, spring flowering bulbs, leafy summery greenery and cold winters
with frosty mornings and sometimes snowy days.

This is a self-drive tour. When you are booking please advise if you can take any extra passengers or if you require transport. If we are unable to accommodate those requiring transport by car-pooling, it may
be possible to hire a mini-bus which Linda Roberts would drive. Cost of bus-hire would be additional to the tour cost.

* Venue: We will meet at the first property at 10.30 am. Directions will be provided
* Bookings: email - or phone - 6230 0533
* Cost: $125 (National Trust/U3A members/Friends of NLA) $135 (non-members)

Love Is In The Air! - U3A Music Makers

Saturday 4 November, 2:00 - 4:00pm

U3A Music Makers invite you to a celebration of popular song.

This is an audience participation event.
• sing and dance along to well-known hits from the Swing era to ABBA
• test your popular music knowledge in our music quiz, or
• sing solo karaoke with the band.

All proceeds will be donated to ‘Manus Lives Matter’, a charity that provides basic support for refugees.

* Venue: Waldock Hall, Baptist Church, 11 Currie Crescent, Kingston
* Cost: Entry by donation. Afternoon tea will be available
* Further details: Suzanne on 0403 677 495 or email

Annual Reid Open Houses and Gardens

(National Trust)

Sunday 5 November 2017, 1.15 - 4.30 pm

Once again, the National Trust (ACT) in collaboration with the Reid Residents' Association (RRA) and the property owners will open three privately-owned houses and gardens from the 1920s & 1930s in Reid's Heritage precinct.
The houses and their gardens, which have not been previously opened, will be available for inspection. Meet the owners and view inside the houses and also their gardens. The properties comprise two late 1920s Federal Capital Commission (FCC) houses (a FCC 7 & a FCC 9), and a 1936 Dept. of Interior Type "O" house.

Bookings: email - or phone - 6230 0533

Cost: $25 (National Trust/U3A members/Friends of NLA & RRA) $35 (non-members)

Braidwood - One day coach tour

Thursday 9 November 2017, 8:30 am - 5:45 pm

This one-day coach tour has been organised, and will be led, by Jocelyne Macleod. With pick-ups from Deakin (8.00am), Civic and Ainslie, the coach will travel to Braidwood via Macs Reef Road. It includes visits to two very historic properties – ‘Bedervale’, established by Capt Coghill in 1836, and ‘Mill Pond’, where the restored ancient barn displays an impressive collection of antiques, old cars and carriages. The tour also includes a visit to historic St Andrew’s Church in Braidwood, designed by Edmund Blacket, where a brief organ recital by Deborah Stanton will enrich your experience. Following a guided tour of the town, a BBQ lunch (buy your own drinks) has been arranged at the Braidwood Ex-Servicemen’s Club. The return journey from ‘Mill Pond’ to Canberra will be via Captains Flat and Carwoola, where a brief stop will be made to view the historic church (exterior only) and cemetery. On return via Queanbeyan, Deakin will be the first drop-off (around 5.30pm) followed by Civic and Ainslie.

Cost: $85pp includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

* Bookings: Essential
* Contact: Tour Leader, Jocelyne Macleod on 62814471 or .

Binalong, Bowning & Yass - One day coach tour

(National Trust)

Saturday 11 November 2017, 7:30 am — 6:00 pm

Have you just finished reading Jennifer Gall’s ‘Looking for Rose Paterson’? Well this bus tour will take us through Banjo Paterson Country and the author will be along to bring it to life. We begin in style with an inspection of the c1841 built Cliftonwood Homestead and property in Yass. The current owner, Tony Wade, has taken on the task of restoring this historic property.

Morning tea follows at the Rollonin Cafe, a reconstructed slab hut, next to the Cobb & Co coaching station in Bowning. Heritage consultant Pip Giovanelli will introduce us to Binalong where we will have lunch before heading back to Yass for a guided stroll and visit to the Antique Farm Machinery Museum.

After further refreshments, we will return to Canberra.

Please note: Pick up AND drop off will be in the order of Deakin first, followed by Lyneham. Approximate time of arrival back in Canberra – 6pm.

* Enquiries & Bookings - email: or phone: 02 6230 0533
* Cost: $85 (National Trust/U3A members/Friends of NLA) $95 (non-members)

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