On the road again, with Australia Post28 June 2013
Australia Post celebrates the road trip with the release of five domestic base-rate (60c) stamps. The issue takes a light-hearted approach to travelling to some of Australia's key urban centres - Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and the Gold Coast.
"We trust this second issue in the Road Trip Australia stamp series will be as popular as the first. The colourful and playful stamp designs should appeal to everyone, especially young collectors," said Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt.
Sydney, with its magnificent harbour setting, is a major tourist destination for both domestic and international visitors. This stamp includes the Sydney Opera House which this year marks 40 years since its opening.
Nestled around the gentle curve of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is an enviable cultural hub, and much diversity and vibrancy evident through its theatres, galleries, museums and restaurants. The stamp design depicts the well-known seaside suburb of St Kilda, and its iconic pier and kiosk.
Adelaide is commonly known as the City of Churches and often as a city of festivals, too which are both displayed on the stamp. The city is host to the popular Adelaide Festival, which showcases some of the world's best performing, visual and literary artists, and to the renowned world music festival WOMADelaide.
This year is the 100th anniversary of our nation's capital, Canberra. The federal capital is home not only to Parliament House and some of Australia's most important cultural institutions, but also the 55-bell National Carillon on Aspen Island, Lake Burley Griffin, shown on the stamp design under a sky filled with Canberra's famous hot-air balloons.
The Gold Coast is a 70-kilometre stretch of coastline that runs from South Stradbroke Island, Queensland, to the border of New South Wales. With its warm climate, beautiful beaches and mega theme parks, the Gold Coast attracts several million sun-seekers each year. The stamp design shows our road-trippers going off-road and onto a roller coaster.
Australian artist Gavin Ryan created the stamp designs, following his popular designs for the 2012 Road Trip Australia stamp issue.
This issue is accompanied by a souvenir pack which includes 10 x 60-cent stamps from both Road Trip Australia stamp issues in a single self-adhesive sheetlet. Also available is a postal and numismatic cover that marks 25 years of the Australian Parliament House; it features the Canberra stamp for Road Trip Australia and a 20-cent Royal Australian Mint coin.
Other products available are a miniature sheet, first day cover, stamp pack, set of five maxicards, booklet of 10 x 60c self-adhesive stamps and a booklet of 20 x 60c self-adhesive stamps.
The Road Trip Australia stamp issue is available from 2 July 2013 at participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.