Between 5 and 21 August 2016, Rio de Janeiro, the carnival city of Brazil, will host the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. This will be the first time a South American city has played host to the Games in the 120-year history of the modern Olympic era. It is also the first time since the Sydney 2000 Games that Olympians will converge on a Southern Hemisphere host city.

Australia will send a team of around 410 elite athletes to compete in 25 sports that have a place on this year’s Olympic calendar. They will be supported by a team of 350.

The Road to Rio stamp issue, released on 2 August 2016, conveys a sense of energy and excitement. The vivid colours, rippling ribbons and athletic figures reflect the vibrant carnival spirit for which Rio is famous.

The Road to Rio stamp issue is available online from 2 August 2016, at participating Post Offices and via mail order on 1800 331 794, while stocks last.


Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio

Technical specifications

Issue date
2 August 2016
Issue withdrawal date
28 February 2017
1 x $1
Stamp design
Stamp design Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Stamp design Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer - gummed
RA Printing
Paper - gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phos
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size
37.5mm x 26mm
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Module of 10
FDI postmark
Sydney NSW 2000
FDI withdrawal date
31 August 2016

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