Due to the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and acting on advice of lead NSW and Federal health authorities, Council has taken the precautionary decision to postpone the Exchange Program.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff and community. These are difficult circumstances and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Brewarrina Sister City

A Sister Cities agreement between Brewarrina Shire and Warringah councils was signed in July 2000. Brewarrina, or ‘Bre’ as it is known to locals, is a remote community located in north-west NSW, 800kms from Sydney, and has 1800 residents. It has a large Indigenous population, is home to the World Heritage listed Fish Traps and has a wonderful history of both Indigenous and white settlement.

The idea of the relationship is to promote friendship between beach and bush communities and allow a greater understanding of the issues facing each area. The Councils agreed that one way to achieve this is by a youth exchange, where young people would be able to meet, form friendships and learn about each other's lives and communities.

Youth Exchange program

The Youth Exchange consists of six (three girls, three guys) young people from Northern Beaches spending a week in Brewarrina in the April school holidays.

Some of the activities undertaken in previous years include: visiting Lightning Ridge; learning about Aboriginal language and culture; seeing the 40,000 year old Aboriginal Fish Traps and the old Mission Station; fishing; learning to make and throw boomerangs; visiting Aboriginal art sites; attending a local rugby league or union game; Mt Oxley; swimming at hot bore baths; spending the day at a sheep station; and experiencing the outback in a unique way not available to many people.

All transport, accommodation and activities is provided free. The only cost to participants is incidental/spending money. Two Council representatives lead the group.

2020 program

Please ensure you are available for the full dates of the program before applying:

Youth Exchange Meet and Greet: 26 March 6-7pm
Youth Exchange Formal Farewell: 15 April 6-7pm (during school holidays)
Youth Exchange Trip: 20-26 April (during school holidays)
Youth Exchange Return Reception: 21 May 6-7pm

Applications closed 1 March 2020 (successful applicants will be notified by March 13).


Contact information

Youth Development
8495 6609