Islands of Australia

Release date: 2 June 2016

Australia comprises more than 8,000 islands, including the island state of Tasmania.

This special stamp issue presents four spectacular Australian islands, showcasing their diverse and interesting terrain at ground level.

The Stamps

70c Phillip Island VIC
Phillip Island is located just over 100 kilometres south of Melbourne and covers an area of some 10,000 hectares, featuring both sheltered bay beaches and renowned surf beaches, including Cape Woolamai. The island is also known for its wildlife viewing, including little penguins, koalas and fur seals.

The stamp features the rugged and rocky Cape Woolamai, which offer beautiful views of the Pinnacles rock formation. The headlands of Cape Woolamai are the Island’s highest point. The region has been declared a National Surfing Reserve, due to the significance of its surfing heritage and the pristine nature of the environment, which includes ancient pink granite rock formations.

70c Lady Musgrave Island QLD
Lady Musgrave Island is an uninhabited, 13-hectare coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef. It is the southern-most cay in the Capricorn Cays National Park and is surrounded by a large, navigable lagoon (the view from which is featured on the stamp.)

The reef surrounding the island is approximately 2930 hectares, including the lagoon. The lagoon boasts an abundance of coral, fish and turtles as well as outstanding natural beauty, making it a popular destination for snorkelling and diving.

$1.40 Bruny Island TAS
Bruny Island is located around 40 kilometres south of Hobart. It is actually two islands (North Bruny Island and South Bruny Island), which are separated by an isthmus (narrow strip of land), known as The Neck, which is featured on the stamp.

North Bruny is mostly comprised of flat, open pastures and bushland. In contrast, South Bruny is hilly and includes large areas of rainforest. The south island is home to the South Bruny National Park, which includes surf beaches, large areas of state forest reserve and the Cape Bruny Lighthouse.

The Neck is home to the Truganini Lookout – a boardwalk of timber steps that takes you to the prefect vantage point to enjoy spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of the Bruny Island coastline, as depicted on the stamp. The timber steps also lead to a memorial to the Nuenonne people and Truganini herself, whose family inhabited the area prior to European settlement, when it was known as Lunawanna-Alonnah (also referred to as Alonnah Lunawanna).

The isthmus is also an important habitat for native wildlife, including little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters.

$2.10 The Buccaneer Archipelago WA
The Buccaneer Archipelago is a spectacular collection of around 1,000 islands in a remote and pristine area off the Kimberley coast in Western Australia.

The scenery is beautiful and diverse, including untouched beaches, secluded reefs, dramatic and rugged cliff formations, rain forests and mangroves as well as ancient Indigenous rock art.

The Buccaneer Archipelago can experience strong and unpredictable tides of up to 11 or 12 metres, which are the largest in Australia and among the biggest in the world. The strong, charging movements of these tides, as they push through narrow gaps in the cliffs, create an amazing natural phenomenon – the Horizontal Falls in Talbot Bay, which are featured on the stamp.
 

Technical Details

  • Issue date

    2 June 2015
  • FDI withdrawal

    1 July 2015
  • Denomination

    2 x 70c se-tenant, 1 x $1.40, 1 x $2.10
  • Stamp design

    Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Product design

    Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Printer

    EGO
  • Paper - gummed

    Tullis Russell
  • Paper - self-adhesive

    C100
  • Printing process

    Lithography
  • Stamp size

    37.5mm x 26mm
  • Perforations

    13.86 x 14.6
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • National postmark

    Beauty Point, Tas 2270
  • Issue withdrawal date

    31 December 2015

Designer

The stamps were designed by Jo Muré, Australia Post Design Studio. A talented designer and illustrator, Jo has designed many recent stamp issues, including the Queen’s Coronation Diamond Jubilee (2013), the Australian Legends of Music (2013), the Royal Christening (2014) and Floral Emblems (2014).

Additional Products

  • Cover (blank)
  • First day cover (gummed)
  • Stamp pack
  • Maxicard (4)
  • S/A booklet of 10 x 70c
  • Chequebook of 20 x 10 x 70c
  • Gutter (10 x 70c)
  • Gutter (10 x $1.40)
  • Gutter (10 x $2.10)

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