Stamp Collecting Month 2018: Reef Safari

Reef and fish off the Australian Coast

Stamp Collecting Month (SCM) provides an exciting way for middle to upper primary school students (and their teachers) to engage with interesting themes through stamps. This website introduces you to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, featured in our SCM stamp issue, and contains videos, fun activities, teaching resources and more.

Meet five creatures that live in the Great Barrier Reef

The structure of the Great Barrier Reef is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. Hundreds of creatures are supported by the Reef’s complex natural ecosystem. Our 2018 SCM stamp issue features five of the amazing number of species found in the Great Barrier Reef. Find out more information about the Great Barrier Reef and threats to it.


The Nautilus is a distant cousin of squid and octopus, boasting many more...

Olive Sea Snake

Also known as Golden Sea Snake this is a highly venomous, true snake...


Green Sea Turtle

Green turtles migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching...


Emperor Angelfish

Emperor Angelfish have bulky, strong jaws to feed on plants and smal...

Grey Reef Shark

These sharks are most often seen in shallow water near the drop-offs of...

Activities and resources

If you’re a parent, caregiver or teacher, here are some free resources to share with children. Want some more advice on stamp collecting? Read our tips on starting a collection.

Lesson plans for teachers: Reef Safari

Engage your students in SCM through our curriculum-linked lesson plans. Explore Science and Geography concepts while learning about the environment and biodiversity of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Stamp collecting tips for beginners

If you’re new to stamp collecting, we’ve got some tips to get you going. Of course, the SCM stamp issue, Wildlife Recovery, is a great place to start.

Lesson plans for teachers:
Learn about stamps

Check out our three lesson plans on how students can learn about the history and creation of stamps.

How can I help the Reef?

6 things you can do to help the Reef right now

Stamps: behind the scenes

Find out why stamp collecting is such a popular hobby, and watch how stamps get made.