Overview

The continent of Australia is flat, hot and dry, so it’s rare to find high-altitude peaks, glacial lakes and alpine ecosystems such as those in the Australian Alps. This incredibly biodiverse alpine region of around 1.6 million hectares stretches from Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, through southern New South Wales, and along the Great Dividing Range in eastern Victoria.

The national heritage-listed Australian Alps encompass 11 national parks and nature reserves that contain plant and animal life found nowhere else in Australia and, in some cases, the world. These rare alpine environments include fern-filled forests and Snow Gum woodlands, cirque lakes and alpine meadows that sprout colourful wildflowers in summer and autumn. Glaciers have created incredible landforms containing a wide range of rock types that are hundreds of millions of years old.

This stamp issue showcases three spectacular alpine environments within the Australian Alps: snow-covered woodlands in Namadgi National Park, in the ACT; the spectacular granite tor, known as the Cathedral, in Mount Buffalo National Park, Victoria; and in Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, the picturesque Cootapatamba valley, through which the Swampy Plain River flows.

Technical specifications

Issue date
21-July-2020
Issue withdrawal date
31-January-2021
Denomination
$1.10 x 3
Stamp design
Sharon Rodziewicz, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Sharon Rodziewicz, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phos
Paper: Roll
Raf Unik
Paper: Limited Edition roll
Tullis Russel PSA Glassine/ Domain Secure Post
Printing process
Offset lithography
Printing process: Roll
Flexographic
Printing process: Limited Edition roll
Digital face, flexographic back
Printer
RA
Printer: Roll
Multicolor
Printer: Limited Edition roll
Rapid Labels
Stamp size (mm)
37.5 x 26
Minisheet size (mm)
140 x 80
Perforations
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Modules of 50
FDI postmark
Mount Beauty VIC 3699
FDI withdrawal date
19-August-2020

Stamps in this issue

$1.10 - Snow gums, Namadgi National Park, ACT

Namadgi National Park covers more than 105,000 hectares and is located around 40 kilometres southwest of Canberra. Declared a national park in 1984, Namadgi National Park contains around 160 kilometres of walking tracks and more than 700 species of plants. The Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora), the species of eucalyptus tree featured on the stamp, is a hardy variety that can handle the harsh winters of the Australian Alps. Its branches typically bend rather than break, under the weight of winter snowfall. The stamp photograph is by Jaime Plaza Van Roon.

$1.10 - Swampy Plain River, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW

The Swampy Plain River (also known in some areas as the Swampy Plains River) is a perennial stream, located in the Snowy Mountains. Enclosed by Australia’s highest lake, Lake Cootapatamba, close to its source, and by Khancoban Dam, close to its mouth, the river rises on the southern slopes of Mount Kosciuszko, making it one of the highest rivers in Australia. The stamp photograph is by Bruce Hood.

$1.10 - The Cathedral, Mount Buffalo National Park, VIC

Mount Buffalo National Park, approximately 350 kilometres east of Melbourne, is known for the extensive walking tracks across its impressive plateau, which is studded with large granite tors, including the Cathedral, which is featured on the stamp. The stamp photograph is by Michael Boniwell.

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Set of stamps:

Set of Australian Alps gummed stamps

This set of stamps contains all three stamps from the Australian Alps stamp issue.

Stamp pack:

Australian Alps stamp pack

The Australian Alps stamp pack contains all three stamps and minisheet from the stamp issue presented in high quality folder.

Minisheet:

Australian Alps minisheet

The Australian Alps minisheet consists of the three stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

Maxicard set:

Set of Australian Alps maxicards

This maxicard set contains the three maxicards from the Australian Alps stamp issue.

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