Sister cities

Sister Cities aims to develop meaningful and long term links with cities and communities in other countries; to achieve a greater level of international understanding and goodwill between peoples; and to share economic, community, cultural and social interaction.

Sister Cities relationships

Youth Ambassadors program

During August this year, 12 young representatives of Cairns' Sister Cities enjoyed a taste of life in Cairns and shared their own culture, thanks to the Sister Cities Youth Ambassador program. The 12 high school students were chosen by their respective local governments in Zhanjiang, China; Oyama City, Japan; Minami Town, Japan; Riga, Latvia; Sidney, Canada; and Scottsdale, USA.  

The youth ambassadors attended local schools, where they interacted with students to learn more about Cairns. With the support of local businesses, they also enjoyed wildlife experiences, sampled indigenous culture at Tjapukai, visited the Great Barrier Reef and spent a day in Kuranda. Read more about the Sister Cities Youth Ambassador program.

Delegations to Cairns

Cairns Regional Council welcomes delegates from around the world who wish to explore our region and the vast array of opportunities it presents.

Do you or your group seek to visit Cairns Regional Council for purposes relating to Sister City relationship, trade and investment, or technical knowledge sharing? Please complete and submit our online application form at least one (1) month prior to your visit to the Cairns region. We will assess your application and, if accepted, make appropriate arrangements.

Cairns Says Hello video

Cairns Says Hello is a short video presentation, commissioned by the Sister Cities Advisory Committee, showcasing the city of Cairns and our way of life. Read more about it or watch the video on YouTube.

Sister Cities photo gallery

You can view photos of our Sister Cities in the galleries below:

Sister Cities Advisory Committee

Council's Sister Cities program is managed by the Sister Cities Advisory Committee. This Advisory Committee provides recommendations to Council and contributes to the on-going development and maintenance of Council's Sister Cities relationships.