Australia Post is profiling four Australian jetties in the newest stamp issue. The four featured jetties from around the country, all wooden, include those at Busselton, Western Australia; Tumby Bay, South Australia; Shelley Beach near Portsea, Victoria; and Kincumber, New South Wales.
Many of the countless jetties and piers that punctuate Australia's coastline and waterways were originally built in the 19th century to moor vessels transporting goods and passengers.
Australia Post Philatelic Manager Mr Michael Zsolt said: "While some of our great Aussie jetties have fallen into disuse, others are still popular for recreational fishing, diving, snorkelling and other tourist activities. We trust this stamp issue will be of interest to all Australians and especially to local residents and tourists visiting these areas."
The two domestic base rate ($1) and two international rate ($2.10 and $2.95) stamps were designed by Melbourne-based Andrew Hogg Design and feature:
- Busselton Jetty is situated at Busselton, which lies on Geographe Bay on the southwest tip of Western Australia. At nearly two kilometres in length, the Busselton Jetty is one of the longest wooden jetties in the world. Originally built in 1853, the historic jetty has been rebuilt and renovated and is now a popular attraction. The old rail line along the pier now carries tourists to an underwater observatory near the end of the jetty, which is listed in the State Register of Heritage Places.
- Tumby Bay Jetty is situated in Tumby Bay, a town on the Spencer Gulf on the eastern coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The 133-metre long jetty was constructed in 1874 and dismantled for safety reasons in 1999. The new wooden jetty is well known as a diving destination for viewing an array of sea creatures.
- Shelley Beach Jetty is situated near Portsea, a popular resort town located 95 kilometres from Melbourne near the end of the Mornington Peninsula and close to the Heads, the region of water connecting the protected Port Phillip Bay with the wild ocean of Bass Strait. The picturesque private jetty on the stamp is located at Shelley Beach, a small secluded beach between Portsea and Sorrento.
- Kincumber Jetty is located on the Brisbane Water, an estuary in the Central Coast region of New South Wales. The small wooden jetty, once used for the transportation of wood in the early 19th century, can be found from the walk and cycle track between the towns of Kincumber and Davistown. The scenic estuary and nearby Kincumba Mountain Reserve is a major attraction.
The products associated with this stamp issue are a first day cover, stamp pack, set of four maxicards, two postcards, sheetlets of five $2.10 and five $2.95 self-adhesive stamps, booklet of 10 x $1 and a roll of 100 x $1 self-adhesive stamps.
The Australian Jetties stamp issue is available from participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps from 21 February 2017 while stocks last.
Visit the Australia Post Collectables website auspostcollectables.com.au and stay up-to-date with new Australian stamp issues. The Australia Post Collectables website is a central resource for stamp collectors and philatelic enthusiasts across the globe.