Australia Post has today released a special issue of four stamps, featuring aerial photography of Australian landscapes which shows just how close art and nature can be.

Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt said the stamps would be almost twice the size of regular domestic-rate stamps to emphasise their aesthetic appeal.

"The Art in Nature stamp issue illustrates the exquisite beauty found in our country's natural landforms, akin to art," Mr Zsolt said.

"To showcase these abstracted Australian landscapes and their painterly quality, these stamps are double-definitive in size, giving a larger than usual 'canvas' ."

Designed by Andrew Hogg Design, the four domestic-rate ($1) stamps feature the following Australian locations:

  1. Shark Bay, Western Australia: Located about half way up Western Australia's west coast, Shark Bay is a spectacular World Heritage–listed area that stretches along 1,500 kilometres of coastline. It includes several islands, white sand beaches, red cliffs and tranquil turquoise lagoons and is home to remarkable biological diversity and marine life. Showing the shifting sands of this coastal idyll, the photograph was taken on a Phase One IQ280 80 mega pixel camera by Christian Fletcher.
  2. Wyadup Rocks, Western Australia: Found on the Injidup beach in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, the Wyadup outcrop is a meeting point of rocky boulders, pale sand and deep-turquoise sea. The photo, taken on a Phase One IQ280 90 mega pixel camera by Christian Fletcher, captures ocean waves crashing across the rocks, filling natural rock pools.
  3. Lake MacDonnell, South Australia: Near the township of Penong, about 850 kilometres west of Adelaide, Lake MacDonnell exhibits a spectacular shade of pink as a result of mineral deposits. The lake is responsible for the harvest of huge amounts of salt and is also a key source of gypsum, having the largest deposits of this mineral in Australia. Taken on a Phase One IQ280 80 mega pixel camera by Christian Fletcher, the photograph shows a roadway cleaving the waters of the brine lake.
  4. Cape Capricorn, Queensland: Found on the north-eastern tip of Curtis Island, Cape Capricorn was named by James Cook in 1770 for its precise location on the Tropic of Capricorn. Capturing an estuary and sand banks, the photograph was taken by Richard Woldendorp in 1997 on an analogue camera, a Pentax 6x7 camera, on Ektachrome 100 film.

The products available with this stamp issue include a first day cover, stamp pack, minisheet, set of four maxicards, four booklets of 10 x $1 stamps and booklet collection.

The Art in Nature special stamp issue is available from 12 June 2018 at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at auspost.com.au/stamps, while stocks last.