Beautiful Cities

Release date: 25 September 2018

Australian cities consistently rate very highly in the plethora of “liveability” surveys that have emerged in recent years. According to the annual Economist Intelligence Unit Global Liveability Survey, for example, Melbourne has been the world’s most liveable city for the last seven years, until the most recent poll result (August 2018) placed Vienna in the number one spot and Melbourne as second. In the 2017 survey, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane were all ranked in the top 20. In 2018, Sydney ranked fifth, Adelaide 10th, Perth 14th and Brisbane 22nd.

While such surveys may evoke a level of pride, they really just confirm what we already know – that for most of us, our major cities are desirable places in which to live. This international-rate stamp issue features just three of our beautiful cities: Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne. Read more in our article Celebrating some of Australia’s beautiful cities.

The stamps

The stamps, designed by Jason Watts of the Australia Post Design Studio, feature striking, modern photographs that showcase a cityscape from each beautiful city.

$3 Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne, Victoria, is Australia’s second most populous city, known as a thriving multicultural city with a love of sport. The stamp shows the city skyline, Princes Bridge and the Yarra River, as depicted in a photograph by We Xu (via Getty Images).

$4.60 Adelaide, SA

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is depicted on the stamp using a photograph by Ben Goode (via iStock). The photograph showcases the Torrens River precinct, which includes the Adelaide Festival Centre and the recently renovated and expanded Adelaide Convention Centre.

$7.50 Brisbane, QLD

The state capital of Brisbane lies near Moreton Bay, on the Brisbane River in south-eastern Queensland. The stamp shows a view of Brisbane’s central business district from Kangaroo Point, in a photograph by Stefan Mokrzecki (via Getty Images).

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Set of stamps

Sheetlet of 5

Stamp pack

Maxicard set

Additional products

  • First day cover (blank, gummed)
  • Stamp pack
  • Maxicards
  • Postcards
  • Sheetlet of 5 x $3 (self-adhesive)

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    25 September 2018
  • FDI withdrawal date

    23 October 2018
  • Denominations

    1 x $3, 1 x $4.60, 1 x $7.50
  • Stamp design

    Jason Watts
  • Product design

    John White
  • Printer: gummed

  • Paper: gummed

    Tullis Russell
  • Paper: self-adhesive

    Securepost MC90
  • Stamp size

    50mm x 30mm
  • Perforations

    14.4 x 14
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • FDI postmark

    Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Sheet layout

    Modules of 25
  • Issue withdrawal date

    to be advised
*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.

Philatelic team