Australia 2000 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

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  • Issue Date: 10 October 2000
  • Designed by: Janet Boschen
  • Printed by: SNP Ausprint
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Perforations: 14 x 14½
  • Stamp Size: 35 mm x 35 mm
  • Format: sheetlets of 10
  • Withdrawal date: 31 October 2001


This special issue celebrates the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

45c Opening Ceremony Stamp

The classical simplicity of the design portrays the pivotal moment of the opening ceremony, the lighting of the Olympic flame in the stadium. The stamp shows Cathy Freeman holding the Olympic Torch aloft. The background image shows the ring of flame in the water against the backdrop of the water wall.

45c Opening Ceremony

Miniature Sheet

The miniature sheet’s decorative selvedge features an image of the Olympic flame and cauldron.

Sheetlet of 10 x 45c

First Day Cover

An official first day cover was not produced for this issue.


  • Issue date: 1 November 2000

A miniature sheet consisting of this Opening Ceremony stamp plus one of each of the Gold Medalists stamps was produced for the Australia Post annual collection. This sheet was only available in the collection.

Miniature sheet of 17 x 45c plus 8 labels