Christmas Island Christmas 2016

Release date: 31 October 2016

Christmas Island is an external Australian territory located in the Indian Ocean some 2,600 kilometres north-west of Perth. The lush, tropical island is volcanic in origin, with an important natural history. It is home to unique vegetation, iconic seabirds, and land crab populations of world significance. Christmas Island National Park, which comprises 85 square kilometers of the total landmass of 135 square kilometers, was declared in 1980.

The two stamps in the Christmas Island Christmas 2016 issue were illustrated by Shane McGowan. They show a festive tropical scene of Santa, assisted by Rudolph and some local seabirds, delivering Christmas cheer to the island’s animal inhabitants. One the minisheet, we can see turtles and crabs eagerly receiving their Christmas gifts.

Take a look back at Christmas Island Christmas stamps through the years.

The stamps

65c Santa and sleigh

$1.80 Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer


  • First day cover
  • Stamp pack
  • Minisheet
  • Embellished sheetlet pack (Santa stamp)
  • Self-adhesive embellished sheetlet of 10 (Santa stamp)
  • Self-adhesive embellished sheetlet of 5 (Rudolf stamp)

Technical details

  • Issue date

    31 October 2016
  • FDI withdrawal date

    28 November 2016
  • Denominations

    1 x 65c, 1 x $1.80
  • Stamp illustration

    Shane McGowan
  • Product design

    Sonia Young
  • Printer

    RA Printing
  • Gummed paper

    Tullis Russell Ref Phos
  • Self-adhesive paper

    Securepost Cprint 100
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Stamp size

    26mm x 37.5mm
  • Minisheet size

    135mm x 80mm
  • Sheetlet size

    120mm x 192mm
  • Perforations

    13.86 x 14.6
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • National postmark

    Christmas Island, WA 6798
  • Issue withdrawal date

    30 April 2017

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