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.


Shane McGowan

Products released in this issue

  • 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 specifications

Issue date
31 October 2016
Issue withdrawal date
30 April 2017
1 x 65c, 1 x $1.80
Stamp illustration
Shane McGowan
Product design
Sonia Young
RA Printing
Paper - gummed
Tullis Russell Ref Phos
Paper - self-adhesive
Securepost Cprint 100
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size
26mm x 37.5mm
Minisheet size
135mm x 80mm
Sheetlet size
120mm x 192mm
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI postmark
Christmas Island WA 6798
FDI withdrawal date
28 November 2016

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