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    Church Street, Dubbo, NSW, 2830
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    PO Box 81, Dubbo, NSW, 2830
  • Telephone: (02) 6801 4000
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Sister Cities

Dubbo has formal Sister City relationships with two international cities and two Australian cities:

A friendship link with Warringah, Sydney was established in October 1994.

Sister City relations bring excellent mutual benefits in the areas of trade, tourism and cultural exchange.  On a global level, the Sister City program is generally recognised as an important means to build international goodwill and to further global social and economic development based on co-operation at the local level.

Sister City Student Exchange Program

Dubbo City Council's Student Exchange Program is an annual program that offers high school aged students in Dubbo the opportunity to visit Minokamo in Japan or Wuiang in China in the September/October school holidays.

It also offers local families the opportunity to host students on exchange from Minokamo in Japan or Wuiang in China in July/August.

Student exchange applications

Interested in travelling overseas, meeting new people, making new friends and engrossing yourself in Eastern culture?

Applications now are open to Dubbo high school students aged 15 to 18 years, for the 2016 Wujiang and Minokamo Student Exchange visits in the September/October school holidays.

Successful applicants will:                       

  • extremely affordable travel opportunity when compared with similar travel opportunities available to Dubbo students ($2,300 for around 12 days travel - based on 2015 prices)
  • stay with local families
  • visit local schools, experience the local cuisine, participate in cultural activities and sight-seeing tours with time left over to indulge in a little shopping
  • side trip to Tokyo, Tokyo Disney for Minokamo Exchange group and to Shanghai and Beijing for Wujiang Exchange group

2016 Minokamo Student Application Form 2016 Minokamo Student Application Form (112 KB)

2016 Wujiang Student Exchange Application 2016 Wujiang Student Exchange Application (119 KB)

Chaperone exchange applications

 Applications now open to chaperone the Minokamo and Wujiang Exchange groups in the September/October school holidays. Applications close Friday 26 February 2016.

2016 Minokamo Chaperone Application 2016 Minokamo Chaperone Application (112 KB)

2016 Wujiang Chaperone Application 2016 Wujiang Chaperone Application (114 KB)

Hosting an exchange student

Council is currently seeking host families for the Wujiang exchange group that will be visiting Dubbo from 20 - 25 July 2016. More information.

Feedback about the Program

"It was a truly amazing experience. I got to experience such a great culture with an even better group of people. The Japanese people were so warm and welcoming and I didn't want to leave. ;Going to the schools and temples around Minokamo was such a culture shock and I am confident in saying I will never forget it." — Jennifer George, student

"The whole experience in being a chaperone from the language and cultural lessons to returning back to Australia was an unforgettable educational experience.

On arrive to Japan everyone was welcoming, despite the language difference, I was able to learn and enjoy the cultural lessons from making paper to drinking green tea with a high ranked Monk at a Buddhist education university.

Minokamo was a country town, however the people and the location made me feel at home. The kids made the experience all that more enjoyable as they were easy to get along with and excited about every new thing that opened their senses." — Tom Brain, 2015 chaperone Minokamo Exchange.


Kylie Sutherland
Sister City Officer
02 6801 4000 or 0447 445 472