Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Water Sports

Release date: 28 May 2019

The two atolls and 27 small islands comprising the Cocos (Keeling) Islands lie 2,750 kilometres northwest of Perth in the remote Indian Ocean. The azure waters of this unspoilt tropical paradise are ideal for a variety of water sports. Propelled by favourable breezes and tradewinds, kitesurfers and windsurfers speed across the warm waters of the shallow lagoon. At “the Rip”, located at the southern tip of Direction Island, snorkellers can ride the currents amid an abundance of spectacular marine reef life. The waters of the small island, Pulu Maraya, which lies at the southern end of West Island also offer excellent snorkelling. The moderate waves at “the Spot”, on the ocean side of West Island, attract beginner surfers while more experienced surfers are drawn to the nearby location known as “the Shack”.

The stamps

$1 - Windsurfing

The Windsurfing stamp photograph is by EpicStockMedia, via Shutterstock.

$1 - Surfing

The Surfing stamp photograph is by Karen Willshaw Photography.

$2 - Snorkelling

The Snorkelling stamp photograph is by Chris Bray Photography.

$2 - Kitesurfing

The Kitesurfing stamp photograph is by Matt Stevens Photography.

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Set of stamps


Gutter strip 10 x $1

Gutter strip 10 x $2

Products in this issue

  • Stamp 2 x $1, 2 x $2
  • First day cover (blank pictorial, minisheet and gummed)
  • Minisheet
  • Gutter strips x 4

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    28 May 2019
  • Issue withdrawal date

    30 November 2019
  • Denominations

    2 x $1, 2 x $2
  • Stamp design

    Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Product design

    Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Paper: gummed

    Tullis Russell
  • Printer

  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Stamp size

    37.5mm x 26mm
  • Perforations

    13.86 x 14.6
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • FDI postmark

    Cocos (Keeling) Islands, WA 6799
  • FDI withdrawal date

    26 June 2019

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