Day Trippers

Day Time Frequency Venue
Various Days All Day Varied Various
Interval: Various days each month


This is a flexible group which has an outing once or twice a month. Some of our excursions have included National Trust properties, museums, gardens, the Block Arcade, Shrine and the State Library. We would love your suggestions as to future visits. We are not a class as such as we are not enrolled as a group – you come on the excursion which interests you, but we are typically U3A – FRIENDLY! Come and join us and try us out. Details of forthcoming outings are published in the U3A Darebin newsletter.

Our Coordinator, writes: We are a friendly group and new-comers will be made very welcome.   Come and Try us out.   It is helpful if bookings for all outings are made as early as possible.  Any suggestions for future outings are very welcome.

Scheduled Day Trippers Events


WHEN    12.15pm Tuesday 31 January
WHERE   Darebin RSL,  402 Bell Street, Preston

BOOK      With Our Office, phone 9489 2103
by Tuesday 24 January.

Let’s welcome new and old Day Trippers to our 2017 program with a get together over lunch.


WHEN   10.15am Tuesday 28 February

MEE    Outside ACMI Theatre, Flinders St side of Federation Square (opposite
St Paul’s cathedral)

BOOK    W ith Ou Office, phone 9489 2103
by Friday 17 February;
limited numbers.  

Do you want to check out the new developments at Chadstone? Here is your chance to do so by joining us in taking the free bus from Federation Square.

Further Visits 

We’ll revisit the Costume Collection (Bulleen) and the Police Museum to check out their new displays. Also, visits to the Chinese Museum (Bendigo) and the Aviation Museum (Moorabbin Airport) are in the pipeline.

We want your ideas for excursions – if you know of some hidden gems in our beautiful city, please contact us through the Fairfield office.

Past outings for the Day Trippers are listed below:


DATE: Tuesday 10 November

MEET: If travelling by train meet Mary at 11.30 am. at Flinders Street Station (under the clocks)
Lunch booked for 12.30pm.

To Book: As the outing entails a lunch booking, numbers must be finalised by Thursday 29 October.    Phone U3A Darebin on 9489 2103.

This will be our farewell to 2015. This social get-together will be at the Waverley RSL, 161 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley. The venue does a nice lunch in a welcoming setting – varied menu including “Seniors”. You may travel by train or choose to drive. There is parking on site or the station is directly across the road.


DATE: Saturday 24 October

MEET: 11.30am outside the Vegie Bar cafe, corner Brunswick and Rose Streets.

To Book: Phone U3A Darebin on 9489 2103

This market, at 60 Rose St. Fitzroy, offers hand-made fashion, jewellery, paintings, sculpture, etc. The artists/designers are there to discuss their works.

Getting there: Tram 11 alight at Stop 17. Tram 86 alight at Stop 16 and walk to Brunswick St.


Date: Tuesday, 29 September

This will be a walk to discover or rediscover some of Melbourne’s iconic lanes and arcades. It will be fairly long – 2.5 km. but we will take it at a leisurely pace – perhaps stopping for morning tea, then lunch! This will be in the hands of the participants – a democratic decision!


Date: Tuesday, 4 August

Housed in the Old Treasury Building.
Victoria was the first state to introduce free, compulsory and secular education. Memories for all of us – free milk, inoculations, marching teams, even the strap!


Date: Tuesday, 7 July

Housed in an historic gothic bank building, the museum features bank notes, coins, money boxes, office machines and uniforms – no free samples!
2. HELLENIC MUSEUM Entry $5 concession $10 adult
Housed in the beautiful Old Mint Building. We will see items relating to Melbourne’s large migrant population. As well, there are historic items on loan from the Benaki Museum of Athens, including some beautiful jewellery.
3 CAMERA MUSEUM Free entry
Housed upstairs at Michael’s Camera Store, 269 Elizabeth St. A wonderful exhibition of historic photographic equipment – what memories!


Date: Tuesday, 23 June
Cost: Free

We will visit the special exhibition – The Changing Face of Victoria. This exhibition in the Dome Gallery tells the stories and events that have shaped Victoria. One area is dedicated to the experiences of Victorians during WW1. This includes an audio-visual presentation – The Great War – Personal Stories. This is particularly relevant as we are remembering the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign in particular.


Date: Tuesday, 26 May
Cost: Museum entry is free for Seniors/Pensioners. Highlights Tour will cost approx $2.50 (depends on numbers).

The current exhibition is Scots Wha Hae which reveals the influence of the Scots in Victoria over 200 years. Very interesting! The permanent exhibitions include Leaving Home, showcasing how 9 million people have migrated to Australia; and Journeys of a Lifetime, showing how the migrant journey has changed from a perilous sea voyage of up to 3 months to a routine flight of 24 hours. The Journeys Gallery features a 17 metre replica ship where visitors can experience changes in sea travel from the 1840’s to the 1950’s. Depending on our numbers attending, we can book a ‘Highlights Tour’.


Date: Tuesday, 12 May – 12.30 Lunch Booking
Venue: Glen Waverly RSL, 161 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley

This is simply a social get-together at the Glen Waverley RSL, 161 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley. This venue does a nice lunch in an attractive setting – a varied menu including ‘Seniors’. You may travel by rail, or drive. There is parking on site and the Glen Waverley Station is across the road from the RSL.


Date: Tuesday, 28 April
Cost: $6.00 with a minimum of 18 participants. Otherwise, $8.50.

The Wool Museum showcases the Australian wool story – from the sheep’s back to the clothes rack, and from the birth of the industry in the 1840’s to its place in the world today. We have booked a tour during which we will have a demonstration of the historic 1910 Axminster Jacquard carpet loom.
The Museum’s special exhibition is Women of Empire – 1914-1918.This draws on the personal experiences of Australian women during WW1. The experiences are illustrated by original costumes and accessories. After our visit we will stroll along the waterfront (enjoying the bollards) to the beautiful Botanical Gardens where we will have lunch.


Date: Tuesday, 31 March.
Cost: FREE

Melbourne has many beautiful churches. We will not be able to visit all our historic churches but, with a short walk, we will be able to visit – St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Baptist Church (Collins Street), Scots’ Church, St. Michael’s, the German Lutheran Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Peter’s, Eastern Hill.

To enquire about the Day Trippers group, go to the “Membership” page for our contact and membership details.

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