Sister cities & international relationships

City of Gold Coast's sister city relationships and international partnerships are a source of economic growth, provide cultural, educational and professional opportunities and boost our international profile. These relationships assist to open our door to the world and create real outcomes for Gold Coast residents and businesses.

Traditionally, sister city relationships focused on cultural and education exchanges. It is now recognised that these relationships also have the ability to stimulate economic growth, increase tourism and assist in establishing reliable business contacts which can create long-term benefits to the local community and partners abroad.

They also enable communities to exchange ideas, gain an international perspective and increase their understanding of global issues.

The City currently has 10 sister cities and one friendship agreement, all of which have helped shape the Gold Coast as a city of global significance by fostering successful business and cultural ties. This is through initiatives that include two-way trade missions, hosting inbound delegations and staff and student exchanges.

City of Gold Coast participates in a number of sister city projects throughout the year. Learn about these opportunities and how to submit your interest. Visit Sister city projects.

Other international partnerships


In October 2015, Mayor Tom Tate signed a Letter of Intent for Friendly Relationship between the City of Gold Coast and Wuhan. Wuhan is known for its natural wonders and ancient Chinese history and is also recognised as the political, financial, cultural and educational centre of central China.


In October 2014, Mayor Tom Tate signed an Agreement of Friendship & Cooperation between the City of Gold Coast and Jining. Jining is a prefecture-level city situated in the southern part of the Shandong Province and an important birthplace of Chinese culture, including Confucius and Mencius. In 2014, Jining City donated a statue of Confucius to Gold Coast Chinatown.


In March 2019, Mayor Tom Tate signed a Letter of Intent to Establish a Sister City Relationship between the City of Gold Coast and Makassar. An important trading port, Makassar is the capital of the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi and is a multicultural city of people and religions.


In June 2020, Mayor Tom Tate signed a Memorandum of Understanding to Establish Friendship and Cooperation between the City of Gold Coast and Danang.

The relationship ensued following a Mayoral Trade Mission to Vietnam in 2019 that discovered both cities share similarities in innovation and technology, education and tourism. Danang is the City's first relationship in Vietnam.

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