Ideas on what to collect
Are you ready to start your stamp collection?
The first thing to do is decide what type of stamps to collect. That can be hard!
Why not begin with stamps you already have, or ones you are given by friends or family? You can collect used stamps, mint stamps (without postmarks), or a variety of other types of stamps.
See What stamp is that? for more information on the types of stamps you can collect.
Here are some other types of stamps you could collect:
Stamp Collecting Month stamps
In October each year Australia Post celebrates Stamp Collecting Month. Although this annual stamp issue only started in 1993, we've produced a huge range of philatelic products and other promotional material, so it could be an interesting collecting theme.
Reptiles and insects stamps
Reptiles and insects have been featured on more than 50 Australian fauna stamps issued since 1982. See how many you can track down!
Secret year inscription on stamps
Since 1989 all Australian stamps have had the year of issue printed on them, so it's easier to identify stamps from 1989 onwards (although you might need a magnifying glass!) The year also appears on Australia Post issues for the Australian Antarctic Territory, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
45 cent stamps
Between 1992 and 2003, the 45 cent basic letter postage rate stayed the same. You could assemble a collection of approximately 480 stamps issued at 45 cents.
Since 1968, stamps have been issued to celebrate Australia's participation in the Olympic Games. Australia hosted the Olympic Games in 1956 and 2000 and the Commonwealth Games in 1962, 1982 and 2006, and there are some extra-special commemorative stamps to collect.