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26 August 2014 – Southern Lights

The spectacle that is known as Aurora Australis (Southern Lights) is featured in these beautifully configured set of stamps.

Southern Lights

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.

Nostalgic Advertisements

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.

Christmas Island: Red Crab Migration

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.

100th Anniversary of Submarines & Military Aviation

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?

Australia – Norfolk Island Joint Issue

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.

Equestrian Events

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.

Royal Visit

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.

100th Anniversary of the First 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.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands: Maps of Cocos

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.

100th Anniversary of King George V stamps

17 June 2014 – Christmas Island National Park

The National Park takes up a massive 64% of the total area of Christmas Island.

Christmas Island National Park

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.

G20 Leaders Summit

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.

Bush Ballads

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.

Australian Red Cross Centenary

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.

Centenary of WWI: 1914

15 April 2014 – Special Occasions

This issue of ten stamps has something for all occasions.

Special 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.

Queen's Birthday

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.

Concession Post

24 March 2014 – Floral Emblems

This stamp issue features some of the floral emblems of the states, territories and the Commonwealth of Australia.

Floral Emblems

18 February 2014 – AAE 1914 Homeward Bound

The fourth and final stamp issue celebrating the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911 to 1914.

AAE 1914 Homeward Bound

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.

The Urn Returns

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.

Australian Legends of Cooking

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.

Australian Native Orchids

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.

Lunar New Year 2014 – 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.

A Royal Christening

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.

Christmas 2013

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.

Christmas Island Christmas 2013

22 October 2013 – Holey Dollar and Dump: 1813-2013

Australia’s first official currency was the Holey Dollar and Dump way back in 1813.

Holey Dollar and Dump: 1813-2013

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.

Australia’s Age of Dinosaurs

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.

Joint Issue with Germany: Leichhardt

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.

Historic Railway Station

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.

AAT: Centenary of AAE III

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.

Australia Poultry 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.

Australia’s Coral Reefs

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.

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.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Barrel Mail

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.

Royal Baby: Birth of a Prince

23 July 2013 – Headline News

A walk through history. Key events from the last century represented through the headlines of the day.

Newspaper headlines

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.

Indigenous leaders

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.

Road Trip Australia II

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.

Black Caviar

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.

Christmas Island flowering shrubs

11 June 2013 – Government Houses Historical Architecture

The beauty of Australia’s Government Houses are the focus of our first historical architecture stamp issue.

Government Houses Historical Architecture

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!

Cocos (Keeling) Islands 50th Anniversary

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.

Fishes of Christmas Island

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.

Australian Pardalotes

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.

Centenary of First Commonwealth Bank Notes

10 May 2013 – Joint Issue: Australia and Israel

This issue commemorates the close relationship between the countries of Israel and Australia.

Joint Issue Australia and Israel

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.

Kangaroo and Map 1913-2013

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.

Australian Botanic Gardens

29 April 2013 – Diamond Jubilee Coronation

The Queen was crowned in Westminster Abbey 60 years ago.

Diamond Jubilee Coronation

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.

Australian Bush Babies

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.

AAT Mountains

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.

Centenary of Canberra

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.

Top 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.

Surfing Australia

5 February 2013 – Special Occasions: Greetings

Stamps for all occasions: Write a letter and use these beautiful stamps to personalise your envelope.

Special Occasions: Greetings

18 January 2013 – Australian Legends of Music

Some of the greats of Australian music are honoured in our annual Australian Legends stamp issue.

Australian Legends of Music

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.

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.

Christmas 2012

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.

Christmas Island Christmas

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.

Lawn Bowls in Australia

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.

Australian Ballet

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.

Susie O'Neill

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.

Racing at Bathurst

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.

Australian Zoos

25 September 2012 - Wilderness Australia

These stamps bring the beauty of Australia to everyone, even those overseas, thanks to the International Post blue strip.

Widerness Australia

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.

Road Trip Australia

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.

Centenary of the Australasian Antarctic 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.

Australian Nobel Prize Winners

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.

Mr Men & Little Miss

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.

Australian 2012 Olympic Gold Medallists

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.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Butterflies

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.

Living Australian

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.

London 2012 Olympic Games

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.

Inland Explorers

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.

Hello Kitty

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.

The Road to London

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.

Skies of cocos

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.

Underwater world

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.

Christmas Island Ferns

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.

Rising Sun Badge

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.

Medical Doctors

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.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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!

Centenary of Compulsory Enrolment 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!

Centenary of Compulsory Enrolment to Vote

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.

Australian Waterbirds

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.

Phillip Law 1912-2010

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.

Capital City Transport

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.

Technology – Then and Now

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.

2012 Australian Legends of Football

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!

Precious Moments

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.

Lunar New Year 2012 – Year of the Dragon

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.

Remembrance Day 11.11.11

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.

Christmas 2011

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".

Joint Issue Australia-Korea

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.

CHOGM 2011

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!

Mythical Creatures

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.

Colours of Cocos (Keeling) Islands