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13 July 2004
11/2004
Commemorative Issue

Australian Impressions

Australia
Every year millions of Australians spend their holidays reconnecting with our unique island continent. This stamp issue pays tribute to our unique wildlife

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)  

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

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The koala is one of the marsupial species that developed exclusively on the Australian continent, probably during the time when Australia was drifting northward, gradually separating from what was to become the Antarctic, about 45 million years ago. The modern koala is the single living representative of its genus and species Phascolarctos cinereus, and a universally recognised and much loved symbol of Australia.

It

Little penguin (Eudyptula minor)  

Little penguin (Eudyptula minor)

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Penguins are flightless seabirds that are only found in the Southern Hemisphere. Little penguins are found in small colonies around the southern coastlines of Australia and its islands (a sub-speciesis found in New Zealand where they are known as

Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion percula)  

Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion percula)

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These small, bright orange fish are just one of the many colourful sea creatures that draws visitors to the Great Barrier Reef.

The reef is one of the world

Main Beach, Gold Coast Queensland  

Main Beach, Gold Coast Queensland

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The outback looms large in the Australian psyche, but about 83% of us live less than 50 km from the coast. Our coastline stretches some 36,000 km around Australia, from secret coves to developed holiday resort beaches the local beach is a place anyone can go to enjoy the sun, sea and sand.

The beach is surfing and sandcastle building, sun-safe sun worshiping and people watching, not to mention the restorative qualities of the sea air and the fun of a game of beach cricket.

Australians love to spend their holidays at the beach, and Queensland is home to some of the best known beaches in the world. The beach featured on this stamp is instantly recognisable as Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland.

It speaks to us not only of sunny days, sand and surf, but also of the promise of exotic nightlife, a swag of restaurants and shopping for every taste and budget.

Technical Information

Issue date ....................... 13 July 2004
Denominations ................ Two x $1.00, one each $1.45, $2.45
Designer ........................ Belinda Marshall, Australia Post Design Studio
Stamp size/Perforations:
$1.00 ........................ 30 x 50 mm/14 x 14.4
$1.45, $2.45 .............. 50 x 30 mm/14.4 x 14
Printer .......................... SNP Sprint
Paper ............................ Tullis Russell
Printing process .............. Lithography
Sheet layout .................... Modules of 50, no gutter
National postmark ........... Main Beach QLD 4217
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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