Australia 2001 International Stamps - Panoramas of Australia
From Stamps of the World
- Issue Date: 12 July 2001
- Designed by: Stacey Zass and Symone Lambert
- Print Process: Lithography
- Stamp Size: 42.5 mm x 18.75 mm, 56.25 mm x 24.75 mm ($20)
These four stamps extend the International Stamp range. Australia Post released the range in July 2000 to enable Australia Post to comply with the then new Australian tax legislation. Three of the four new designs (50c, $1.00 and $1.50) replace stamp designs of equivalent denominations from that original International Stamp issue (Great Southern Land, July 2000).
The $20.00 Uluru, NT stamp completes the definitive range. Its introduction is in response to operational needs for a large denomination stamp for international post, including parcels. Stamps in the international definitive range feature a distinctive shape and carry International Post branding. The stamp’s shape and bold, blue International Post signifier clearly distinguish international mail from domestic mail. The shape is also ideal for highlighting Australia's unique natural beauty.
- Printed by: McPherson's Printing
- Perforations: 14½ x 14, 14 x 14½ ($20)
- Formats: sheets of 50, sheets of 20 ($20)
50c Blue Mountains Stamp
The dramatic sandstone rock formation known as the Three Sisters is located within the Blue Mountains National Park region, a one million hectare reserve 100 km west of Sydney. These mountains – part of the Great Dividing Range – form a 1100 m high sandstone plateau dissected by a number of rivers. The mountains are named for their hue when viewed from a distance.
$1 Murrumbidgee River Stamp
One of Australia's major rivers, the Murrumbidgee River flows 1600 km from its headwaters in Kosciusko National Park to join the Murray River near Balranald, New South Wales. On its way the Murrumbidgee courses through 66 km of some of the most spectacular country in the Australian Capital Territory. Cliffs, gorges and natural beaches provide settings for picnics and swimming. To ensure conservation of the natural beauty, wildlife and resources of the river, the Murrumbidgee River is protected near Canberra by the Murrumbidgee River Corridor.
$1.50 Port Douglas Stamp
The Northern Queensland coastal town of Port Douglas is located 70 km north of Cairns. It is situated at the end of a peninsula, with one side forming a natural harbor and the other the impressive sweep of Four Mile Beach. Port Douglas is the closest town in Australia to the Great Barrier Reef, the outer edge of which is accessible by foot at low tide. To the north, the town is also close to the lush, green coastal strip of the Daintree National Park.
$20 Uluru Stamp
The monolithic sandstone rock, Uluru, is surely the most recognisable of Australia’s natural wonders. Formed over millions of years by the erosion of ancient mountain ranges, at 348 m high and 9.4 km around the base, Uluru is the largest exposed rock in the world.
The colossal rock is located within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, 335 km south-west of Alice Springs. In 1985 the park was handed back to the traditional owners, the Anangu people. It is now managed jointly by the Anangu and the Federal Government.
- Printed by: SNP Ausprint
- Perforations: serpentine die cut 11¼ x 10½
- Formats: booklets of 10
50c Blue Mountains Stamp
First Day Cover
The first day of issue postmark was Canberra ACT 2600. An official first day cover for the self-adhesive variety was not produced.