Brisbane's Sister City - Semarang

Brisbane's Sister City relationship with Semarang was established in 1993.

On this page you can find general information about Semarang as well as download a key facts and opportunity sectors fact sheet.

About Semarang

Semarang is the capital city of Central Java and:

  • is the centre for regional government, industries, trade, education and tourism
  • lies on the north coast of Central Java beside the Java Sea
  • is iconic for its multicultural history and colonial architecture
  • has temperatures ranging from 24 to 32°C and an average humidity of 77 percent
  • is one of the major commercial trading centres of Java
  • has a population of more than 1.5 million people, predominantly Javanese.

Semarang is an important port city, handling a major percentage of Indonesia’s shipping. Semarang’s major industries are:

  • agriculture and livestock
  • fashion and textiles
  • fisheries and aqua culture
  • food crops and food processing
  • furniture and wood processing
  • manufacturing 
  • logistics
  • tourism.

Semarang is home to several universities and high schools. A notable state-owned university is Diponegoro University. Other notable universities are Soegijaparanata Catholic University and Sultan Agung Islamic University.

Owing to its rich multicultural history, Semarang hosts a number of historic colonial and cultural buildings including Lawang Sewu (formerly the Dutch East Indies Railway Company), Gereja Blenduk (Blenduk Church) and Gedong Batu Temple (Sam Poo Kong – the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang). Semarang's Old Town is considered one of the best-preserved colonial cities.

Key facts and opportunity sectors


Last updated: 8 May 2019