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U3A Network Queensland State Conference

Chill Out at the Coolest Conference

U3A Network Queensland State Conference

U3A Network Qld State Conference Chill Out at the Coolest Conference


U3A Pine Rivers is honoured to have been chosen to host the
U3A Network Queensland State Conference 2022.

It will be held at the North Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre, on the shores of Lake Eden on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June 2022.

More information will be provided here when available.


U3A Network Qld State Conference 2021 - Stanthorpe

12 May to 13 May 2021

Conference location
Conference location


U3A Granite Belt was delighted to host the 2021 U3A Network Qld State Conference and Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12th May and Thursday 13th May 2021. We were pleased to welcome delegates from U3As throughout Queensland and interstate.


The International Club, venue for the Conference
The International Club, venue for the Conference

The 2021 Conference will be held at The International Club, Club Road, Stanthorpe (see map for location).

The venue is single level with parking with no time restrictions.

COVID-19 Restrictions

As the COVID-19 restrictions apply to restaurants and other public venues, COVID Safe Plans will be applied to all activities planned for the conference. Based on the current COVID restrictions, numbers will be limited to 120 for the conference. This number will be changed IF there are changes to the current restrictions.

Please make sure you have the latest Check-in Queensland App on your phone or device you will be using to sign into the conference venue. Hand sanitizer will be provided and should be used prior to entry into the International Club. If you are allergic to hand sanitizer, please bring your own.

About Stanthorpe

Autumn leaves Stanthorpe is the hub of the Granite Belt Region, famous for its wines, apples and stone fruits and national parks which are renowned for the beauty of the granite rocks dominating the area.

The area has been enriched by the Italian immigrants who came to the region and brought with them a love of food, wine and family ties.

There will still be a trace of the magnificent Autumn colours that herald the onset of cooler weather.

Granite Belt

Conference Program

The Program will be available on the Program page in due course.

Guest Speaker: Mike Hayes, a winemaker with a passion for wine and wine making, will enthral us with a talk about his life as a wine maker and his interest in climate change and the impact of climate change on wine making.

Presidents Council and Alternative Activities

Presidents' Council:
8am to 10.30am Thursday 13th: Presenters Leisa Donlan, Merry Cloutier and others.
Alternative Program:
8am to 9am: Autumn Walk along the banks of Quart Pot Creek, followed by coffee in Weroona Park adjacent to the Art Gallery.
9am to 10.30am: Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery Guided walk and talk.


Registrations have now closed.

Conference fees:
  - Full Conference Package: $145 (includes refreshments, lunches and Conference Dinner)
  - Conference only: $100 (includes refreshments and lunches but excludes Conference Dinner)
  - Conference Dinner only: $45

Conference Newsletter

Conference Newsletters will be circulated to U3As in the months leading up to the Conference.

Newsletter 30th April 2021

Subscribe to our mailing list to receive conference updates.

Optional Activities

Taste of the Granite Belt Tour, Tuesday 11th May

Taste of the Granite Belt Tour
Taste of the Granite Belt Tour
This will include visits to wineries, a Cheese Factory, Suttons Juice and Cider Factory - have you heard about their apple pie that is served with spiced apple ice-cream and cream - it is delicious!!
Tour departs High St Motor Inn, 9.00am.
($50 payable with registration)

Welcome Cocktail Hour, International Club, Tuesday evening 11th May, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Cocktail Hour
Cocktail Hour
Join us at The International Club following the Taste of the Granite Belt Tour. Finger food will be served. At this stage, drinks will be at your expense.
($16 payable with registration)

Photography Competition
Photography Competition Granite Belt U3A invites all members of U3A to lodge entries in the Photography Competition. The theme is Mother Nature. All entries should be emailed, email entries cost $5 per entry. Limit of 2 per person. Judges short listed.

Competition closed on 31st March.

Autumn Walk
A walk exploring the outdoor artworks around the main CBD of Stanthorpe has been organised to be part of the program for those not attending the President's council on Thursday 13th. There will now be a choice of walks for delegates. The Autumn Walk along the banks of Quart Pot Creek and the walk around the CBD to explore the murals depicting the history and aspects of life in the Granite Belt. Delegates can decide on the morning which of the walks suits them.

Is your partner coming with you to Stanthorpe and may be looking for things to do while you are at the conference? One of the members of Granite Belt U3A has volunteered to guide a walk through Girraween National Park on Wednesday 12th May. The park is looking amazing since the rain and is really worth visiting. This would be dependent on the weather - if it is raining the walk would not be happening. Could you let Julie know by email at info@u3aqldconference.org by Friday 7th May if your partner would like to be part of the walk in Girraween, please? Partners are very welcome to join either of the walks on Thursday 13th. A bike ride could be organised if there are partners who are interested in riding the back roads of the Granite Belt.

Conference Dinner Wednesday 12th May, The International Club.

Conference Dinner
Conference Dinner

To reflect the Italian influence on the Granite Belt, the dinner, which is being held at The International Club, will have a distinctly Italian flavour. The dinner will be buffet style served by the caterers. All dietary requirements will be considered.
($45 payable with registration)

You can select these options on the Registration Form. More information about all of these activities is available on our Optional Events page.

Promotional Material

A bifold flyer/poster and web tile image will be made available for downloading in due course.

Organising Committee

The 2021 conference is organised by a Project Team from U3A Granite Belt led by Julie Barnes.

U3A Granite Belt

About Stanthorpe

Australia map
Population: 5,500
State: Queensland
Climate: Sub-tropical Highland
Temperature: 10-15 °C in May
Timezone: AEST (UTC +10)
Location: 220km South-West of Brisbane