Archived stamp issues
Below you will find some more Australia Post stamp releases. Check them out!
26 August 2014 – Southern Lights
The spectacle that is known as Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) is featured in these beautifully configured set of stamps.
19 August 2014 – Nostalgic Advertisements
The five posters featured in this stamp issue not only recall a golden age of graphic design, but also a time when Australian-owned business and manufacturing thrived.
12 August 2014 – Christmas Island: Red Crab Migration
Every year in the lead up to the wet season, thousands of Red Crabs migrate from inland forest to the Christmas Island coast, where they will breed and spawn.
5 August 2014 – 100th Anniversary of Submarines & Military Aviation
Two significant Australian military events took place 100 years ago: the first flight by an Australian military aircraft and the arrival in Sydney of the first Australian submarine.
22 July 2014 – Australia – Norfolk Island Joint Issue
Did you know that since 1947 Norfolk Island has been responsible for its own postal service and stamps?
15 July 2014 – Equestrian Events
We are setting the pace with a stamp issue focusing on key equestrian events. The five stamps feature the equestrian activities of dressage, cross-country, showjumping, polocrosse and pony club.
8 July 2014 – Royal Visit
This stamp release celebrates the first official visit to Australia for the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George and the third for the Duke of Cambridge.
1 July 2014 – 100th Anniversary of the First Air Mail Flight
The sky's the limit for aviation enthusiasts with a stamp issue commemorating the centenary of Australia's first domestic air mail flight.
24 June 2014 – Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Maps of Cocos
See the way maps have changed over the centuries with this set of four stamps from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
17 June 2014 – 100th Anniversary of King George V stamps
From 1914 to 1937 the King George V was the basic letter postage stamp. During that time 11,800,000,000 stamps were produced.
17 June 2014 – Christmas Island National Park
The National Park takes up a massive 64% of the total area of Christmas Island.
3 June 2014 – G20 Leaders Summit
The G20 Leaders Summit will be held in Brisbane on 15 & 16 November 2014. The stamp design incorporates the Brisbane skyline and was designed by a student from MacKillop College, Werribee, Victoria.
13 May 2014 – Bush Ballads
Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson was born 150 years ago and is arguably Australia's best bush balladeer. The 4 stamps showcase "Banjo" Paterson’s most famous works.
6 May 2014 – Australian Red Cross Centenary
The Australian Red Cross was established in 1914 and is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the largest humanitarian movement in the world.
22 April 2014 – Centenary of WWI: 1914
The first in a 5 year series commemorating World War 1 will tell a chronological story of the war. This was the first war Australia fought as a nation.
15 April 2014 – Special Occasions
This issue of ten stamps has something for all occasions.
8 April 2014 – Queen's Birthday
Australia Post has celebrated the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a stamp issue release every year since 1980.
31 March 2014 – Concession Post
For the first time Australia Post is issuing stamps without a denomination. The Concession Post stamp is introduced to help eligible Australians stay connected.
24 March 2014 – Floral Emblems
This stamp issue features some of the floral emblems of the states, territories and the Commonwealth of Australia.
18 February 2014 – AAE 1914 Homeward Bound
The fourth and final stamp issue celebrating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911 to 1914.
4 February 2014 – Romance
Love is in the air. Put a little love on your Valentine's Day cards this year.
20 January 2014 – The Urn Returns
Be bowled over with the release of two new stamps celebrating the Australian cricket team's 5 nil Ashes victory.
17 January 2014 – Australian Legends of Cooking
This year's Australia Post Australian Legends, are cooking greats Margaret Fulton OAM, Maggie Beer AM, Stephanie Alexander OAM, Neil Perry AM and Kylie Kwong.
14 January 2014 – Australian Native Orchids
This stamp releases presents four species of exquisite orchids from the wide range of the almost 1,300 species found in Australia.
7 January 2014 – Lunar New Year 2014 – Year of the Horse
Were you born in 2002? If you were you are probably a horse, according to the Chinese Zodiac. People born in the Year of the Horse are said to be intuitive, practical and quick-witted. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) was born in the year of the horse.
7 January 2014 – A Royal Christening
This issue of two stamps marks the christening of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.
1 November 2013 – Christmas 2013
The Nativity scene is depicted on this year's traditional Christmas stamps along with the four festive themed stamps featuring a Christmas tree, a gift, a lit candle and a bell.
1 November 2013 – Christmas Island Christmas 2013
Christmas Island Christmas stamps take a fun approach to the festive season. This year we see Santa taken to the air on the back of a Frigatebird.
22 October 2013 – Holey Dollar and Dump: 1813-2013
Australia’s first official currency was the Holey Dollar and Dump way back in 1813.
24 September 2013 – Stamp Collecting Month: Australia’s Age of Dinosaurs
When dinosaurs ruled Australia. The six prehistoric creatures illustrated on the stamps roamed eastern Australia during the Cretaceous period, over 65.5 million years ago.
Visit the Stamp Collecting Month website.
15 October 2013 – Joint Issue with Germany: Leichhardt
This joint stamp issue with Germany focuses on the mysterious disappearance of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt who was last seen on 3 April 1848.
8 October 2013 – Historic Railway Station
Peter Edgeley’s illustrations beautifully capture some of the railway stations that played an important role in transforming Australia in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
10 September 2013 – AAT: Centenary of AAE III
The third issue in a four-year program focusing on Australian expeditions in Antarctica, the driest, windiest, emptiest, coldest place on earth.
3 September 2013 – Australia Poultry Breeds
Not your average chooks. The breeds of fowl featured in this issue have been developed since the settlement of Australia, as there are no native fowl breeds.
20 August 2013 – Australia’s Coral Reefs
Australia can be so beautiful. Check out the stunning coral reefs that surround our country, from the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland to Ningaloo Reef in WA.
13 August 2013 – Carnivorous Plants
Look out meat-eating plants, although only insects and little animals need to be scared. Australia has over 200 species of carnivorous plants.
6 August 2013 – Cocos (Keeling) Islands Barrel Mail
How would you like to receive your mail by wooden barrel? In the Cocos (Keeling) Islands this happened until 1954 when passing ships would drop the barrels into the sea which was then collected by the islanders by boats.
23 July 2013 – Royal Baby: Birth of a Prince
On 23 July 2013 (AEDST), the world welcomed the birth of a Prince, George Alexander Louis, to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The third in line to the British throne.
23 July 2013 – Headline News
A walk through history. Key events from the last century represented through the headlines of the day.
9 July 2013 – Indigenous Leaders
Warning – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this document contains names and images of people who have passed away.
This stamp issue features Indigenous Australians who have helped make Australia a more just and equitable society.
2 July 2013 – Road Trip Australia II
Illustrator Gavin Ryan offers colourful, offbeat illustrations of Adelaide, Canberra, the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne, in this the second Road Trip Australia stamp issue.
10 May 2013 – Black Caviar
Black Caviar, the wonder from down under, leaves an extraordinary legacy of 25 wins from 25 starts after she retired on 17 April 2013.
18 June 2013 – Christmas Island Flowering Shrubs
These four species of beautiful flowering shrub are native to Christmas Island, and two of them grow nowhere else.
11 June 2013 – Government Houses Historical Architecture
The beauty of Australia’s Government Houses are the focus of our first historical architecture stamp issue.
4 June 2013 – Cocos (Keeling) Islands 50th Anniversary of stamps
The first Cocos (Keeling) Islands stamps were issued on 11 June 1963. 50 years ago!
21 May 2013 – Fishes of Christmas Island
The spectacular marine life found on the coral reefs around Christmas Island are the focus of this beautiful stamp issue.
11 May 2013 – Australian Pardalotes (Birds)
There are only four species of Pardalotes (small, short tailed, longish legged, spotted birds), and all are native to Australia.
11 May 2013 – Centenary of the First Commonwealth Bank Notes
Judith Denman, the five-year-old daughter of Governor General, Lord Denham, printed the first serial number, M000001, on Australia’s first banknote in 1913.
10 May 2013 – Joint Issue: Australia and Israel
This issue commemorates the close relationship between the countries of Israel and Australia.
10 May 2013 – Kangaroo and Map 1913-2013
This year marks the 100th birthday of Australia’s first national stamp issue, the Kangaroo and Map.
23 April 2013 – Australian Botanic Gardens II
The beauty and range of Australia’s botanic gardens are wonderfully captured in this, the second issue of Australian Botanic Gardens stamps.
29 April 2013 – Diamond Jubilee Coronation
The Queen was crowned in Westminster Abbey 60 years ago.
2 April 2013 – Australian Bush Babies II
Look at these beautiful babies of the Australian bush. The stamps feature the kookaburra, wombat, echidna, platypus and brush-tailed possum.
19 March 2013 – National Gallery of Australia: Landscapes
Do you recognise any of the places? Landscapes have long been a popular subject for artists, including here in Australia.
12 March 2013 – AAT Mountains
Antarctica is the highest continent on earth and Mt McClintock, in the Australian Antarctic Territory, is its loftiest peak.
5 March 2013 – Centenary of Canberra
Canberra is 100 years old. Canberra was chosen as the nation’s capital as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne.
19 February 2013 – Top Dogs
We are a nation of dog lovers. Did you know that around 4.5 million Australian households have at least one dog? That’s a lot of dogs.
12 February 2013 – Surfing Australia
What do Nikki Van Dijk, Jack Freestone, Stephanie Gilmore and Joel Parkinson have in common? They are all Australian and all are current ASP World Champions. These Surfing Australia stamps embrace surfing culture of the last 50 years.
5 February 2013 – Special Occasions: Greetings
Stamps for all occasions: Write a letter and use these beautiful stamps to personalise your envelope.
18 January 2013 – Australian Legends of Music
Some of the greats of Australian music are honoured in our annual Australian Legends stamp issue.
8 January 2013 – Lunar New Year - Year of the Snake
Were you born in 2001? If you were you are probably a snake, according to the Chinese Zodiac. Snakes symbolise wisdom, caution and romance. Daniel Radcliffe was born in the year of the snake.
9 November 2012 - Paralympian of the Year 2012
Jacqueline Freney is the Paralympian of the Year 2012. A deserving recipient, Freney was named Paralympian of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee. Jacqueline won a remarkable eight gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
1 November 2012 - Christmas 2012
Along with the traditional Christmas stamps (based on the Adoration of the Magi) there are three festive themed stamps symbolic of the well-known Christmas carols, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Jingle Bells and Ding Dong Merrily on High.
1 November 2012 - Christmas Island Christmas
Christmas Island Christmas stamps take a humorous approach to linking the festive theme to the island's name. This year artistic licence prevails, as Santa - aided by a Greater Frigatebird, a Green Turtle and Red Crabs - creates sculptures from the island's granular sand. Joyfully wrapped gifts arrive by land and by air.
1 November 2012 - Lawn Bowls in Australia
The sport of lawn bowls, one of Australia's most popular sports, has become increasingly popular with younger people, many of whom number among our top players.
16 October 2012 - 50th Anniversary of the Australian Ballet
So you think you can dance! Australia's premier ballet company is notable for its classical and contemporary dance range and has a well-earned and enviable reputation on the world stage. The Australian Ballet marks 50 years in an illustrious history.
12 October 2012 - Sporting Legends: Susie O'Neill
"Madame Butterfly", Susie O'Neill, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002 now joins a group of 33 elite athletes named as Sport Australia Hall of Fame Legends.
2 October 2012 - 50 Years of Racing at Bathurst
Start your engines! The Bathurst 1000 is an annual 1,000-kilometre touring car race, widely regarded as the pinnacle of Australian motor sport and now featured on a set of four stamps.
28 September 2012 - SCM 2012: Australian Zoos
This year's Stamp Collecting Month (SCM) features animals that are housed in different zoos all over Australia. The animals featured on the stamps were chosen by the zoos themselves as they are the subject of special conservation and breeding programs.
25 September 2012 - Wilderness Australia
These stamps bring the beauty of Australia to everyone, even those overseas, thanks to the International Post blue strip.
18 September 2012 - Road Trip Australia
Explore the details of the Road Trip Australia stamps which show our love of the open road. Australia's a big country and a road trip is a great way to see the sights and colours and catch up with the locals at leisure.
4 September 2012 - Centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition
In 1912 the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE), under the command of Douglas Mawson, arrived in the icy, unknown landscape of Antarctica. Mawson is regarded as one of the greatest heroes of Antarctic exploration and was knighted for his achievements during this expedition.
28 August 2012 - Australian Nobel Prize Winners
Australia is one of the world's leading Nobel Prize-winning countries (per capita). In 1915 William Lawrence Bragg was the first Australian Nobel Laureates when he shared the Prize in Physics.
30 July 2012 - Mr Men & Little Miss
Each beautiful stamp book contains 20 stamps with Mr Men and Little Miss characters in the tabs. The books also have lots of activities: • crossword and word jumbles, • word find, • colour me in, • spot the difference,
• stickers, • mazes.
27 July - 12 August 2012 - Australian 2012 Olympic Gold Medallists
All the Australian gold medal winners from the London 2012 Olympic Games are featured on these stamps.
2 August 2012 - Cocos (Keeling) Islands Butterflies
Featured on the stamps are four beautiful butterflies found on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Did you know? Butterflies can't hear, but they can feel vibrations and they taste with their feet.
24 July 2012 - Living Australian
Celebrating the way we live, through the camera lens of every day Australians. This is the second Living Australian stamp issue celebrating how Aussies live every day through the creative medium of photography. The categories for this year are Humour, Lifestyle, Local and Global.
17 July 2012 - London 2012 Olympic Games
These stamps were released for the Games of the XXX Olympiad held in London from 27 July-12 August 2012. The stamps carry the symbol of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Represented on the stamps are rowing, swimming and the pole vault: sports that Australia has excelled in.
3 July 2012 - Inland Explorers
It has been awhile! 150 years since John McDouall Stuart returned from his overland crossing of Australia and 199 years since Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth crossed the Blue Mountains.
1 July 2012 - Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty is a white Japanese Bobtail cat with a red bow on her left ear that has starred in her own TV series and has been the subject of numerous video games.
5 June 2012 – Olympic Games – The Road to London
Australia's first Olympian was Edwin Flack, who won two gold medals and one bronze at the first modern Olympiad, in Athens in 1896. Australian athletes have competed in all Olympic Games of the modern era. The XXX Olympiad will be held in London, England, from 27 July to 12 August 2012.
22 May 2012 – Skies of Cocos
The romance and the beauty of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are captured in its dramatic sunrises and sunsets. Cocos (Keeling) Islands are just dots in the Indian Ocean and are located 2,770 kilometres north-west of Perth.
8 May 2012 – Underwater World
Nudibranchs can be found in the waters around Australia. Nudibranchs are marine molluscs, with bright, colourful bodies that not only advertise their toxicity and distastefulness to would-be predators, but also provide near perfect camouflage to hide their delicate bodies.
1 May 2012 – Christmas Island Ferns
Christmas Island was named on Christmas Day in 1643 by Captain William Mynors. It is the summit of a volcanic seamount and among its rare and unique flora are numerous species of fern.
April 2012 – AFL and NRL Stamp packs
Welcome to season 2012 of the AFL and NRL, and a new look for this year's footy stamp packs. Each pack comes with 20 x 60c stamps with team logos in the tabs and features the 2012 player list. The 2012 club fixture is on the back of the pack.
17 April 2012 – Rising Sun Badge
This stamp issue traces the design evolution of the Rising Sun badge, also known as the General Service badge, worn by Australian Army personnel.
10 April 2012 – Medical Doctors
Australia has a proud history of excellence in medical care, and the five remarkable physicians celebrated on the stamps have contributed to making our health system one of the best in the world. The stamps feature Dr Jane (Jean) Stocks Greig, Dame Kate Campbell, Professor Fred Hollows AC, Dr Victor Chang AC and Professor Chris O'Brien AO.
3 April 2012 – Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, marking 60 years sitting on the throne. She acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI.
27 March 2012 – Centenary of Compulsory Enrolment to Vote
This stamp issue commemorates a century of compulsory enrolment to vote in Australian federal elections. You can buy the stamp now but you will have to wait till you are 18 to vote!
20 March 2012 – Farming Australia
This is the first of two issues this year focusing on different farming industries in Australia. This issue features the diary, pineapple, sunflower, wine and apple industries. Watch out for the second issue in late June!
6 March 2012 – Australian Waterbirds
Did you know that Australia is home to 28 species of ducks? This issue features the many and varied types of waterbirds that can be found in different regions of Australia.
6 March 2012 – Phillip Law 1912-2010
This issue features images of the 1954 and 1955 expeditions to Antarctica. It marks the centenary of the birth of Dr Phillip Law, one of Australia's most experienced polar explorers.
21 February 2012 – Capital City Transport
How do you get around? Buses, trains, trams or ferries; this issue features popular public transport that is used in our capital cities.
7 February 2012 – Technology – Then and Now
Technology has shown amazing advances over the years. Where would we be without refrigerators, mobile phones and television? These stamps show technology in its past and present forms.
20 January 2012 – 2012 Australian Legends of Football
The Australia Post Australian Legends Award stamps series has become a collection in its own right. Since 1997, Australia Post has honoured eminent Australians as part of the Australia Day celebrations.
17 January 2012 – Precious Moments
For special occasions in our lives, such as birthdays and anniversaries, these sets of six stamps can also be personalised with photos. Perfect to use on greeting cards!
10 January 2012 – Lunar New Year 2012 – Year of the Dragon
2012 is the Year of the Dragon and to celebrate, Australia Post has released Year of the Dragon stamp issue products. The Dragon holds a special place in the Chinese zodiac and is the only mythical creature among them.
18 November 2011 – ANZUS
2011 marked the 60th anniversary of the Australia-New Zealand-United States Alliance. This stamp was issued to commemorate the State Visit to Australia of the Honourable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America.
2 November 2011 – Remembrance Day 11.11.11
In honour of those who have died or been wounded in war. Remembrance Day in 2011 presented a significant sequence of numbers, with the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 2011. This will not happen again until the year 2111.
31 October 2011 – Christmas 2011
These stamps were released to celebrate the festive season with symbols that people often associate with Christmas. The symbols include Christmas trees, stars, gifts (giving), baby Jesus and the three Wise Men.
31 October 2011 – Joint Issue Australia-Korea
This joint issue was released to celebrate the partnership between Australia and Korea. It illustrates musical instruments, symbolic of the two countries, being played. The "haegeum" is a traditional Korean musical instrument, and of course, the "didgeridoo".
18 October 2011 – CHOGM 2011
CHOGM stands for "The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting". This is a meeting of the Heads of Government from all Commonwealth nations (including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II). This was the largest ever CHOGM meeting and was held in Perth.
4 October 2011 – Mythical Creatures
Add some rare beasts to your collection with the Mythical Creatures! How about 3D stamps? For the first time ever in Australia, you can buy a special effect 3D mini-sheet, complete with glasses!
27 September 2011 – Golf
Celebrate our Australian golfers as part of the international team that took on the U.S. team in The Presidents Cup in November, 2011 at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
6 September 2011 – Colours of Cocos (Keeling) Islands
The living coral reefs of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands host a huge variety of marine life. These stamps show us a close-up of this marine wonderland, the colours and incredible creatures that call it home.