Kobe, Japan - since 1985

The signing of the Brisbane-Kobe Sister City Agreement in 1985 marked Brisbane’s first Sister City relationship.  Since this date both cities have worked to strengthen the relationship through civic, cultural and business events. Kobe is Japan’s sixth largest city, situated approximately 500km west of Tokyo, with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. In the wake of the 1995 Kobe earthquake, the people of Brisbane raised $AUD82,000 to help with the appeal.

Auckland, New Zealand - since 1988

The Sister City Agreement was signed in 1988 to coincide with Auckland City Council’s visit to the World Expo ’88 in Brisbane.  The agreement aims to foster sporting, educational and social exchanges, as well as developing the existing links of tourism and trade. Auckland has a population of 1.45 million and is built on a volcanic field of more than 53 volcanoes.  Most of these are now extinct and have become popular recreation spots.

Shenzhen, China - since 1992

The sister city relationship between Brisbane and Shenzhen is significant and long-standing, having been formalised in 1992. The relationship is currently  focussing on economic cooperation and mutual business development opportunities. Shenzhen is a picturesque seaboard city in the south of Guangdong province with a population of more than eight million. 

Semarang, Central Java - since 1993

Brisbane's Sister City relationship with Semarang was established in 1993. Semarang is the capital city of Central Java and is the centre for regional government, industries, trade, education and tourism. Semarang has a population of approximately 1.5 million people, predominantly Javanese and is an important port, handling a major percentage of Indonesia’s shipping. 

Kaohsiung, Taiwan - since 1997

Brisbane’s long-standing Sister City relationship with Kaohsiung, Taiwan, continues to deliver economic and social benefits to both cities. Kaohsiung is located in southern Taiwan and faces the Taiwan Strait in the west and Bashi Channel in the south. It is Taiwan’s second largest city with approximately 1.5 million people.

Daejeon, Korea - since 2001

A Memorandum of Understanding between Brisbane and Daejeon was signed in Brisbane in March 2001.  This relationship was formalised in Daejeon on 17 June 2002 with the signing of an official Sister City Agreement. The City of Daejeon was completely destroyed during the Korean War (1950 – 1953). It was raised from ashes to become a modern and technologically advanced metropolitan city and is now the fifth largest city in Korea.