Australia 2005 World Heritage

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  • Issue Date : 21 April 2005
  • Designed by : Beth McKinlay and Jason Godfrey
  • Photographed by: Peter Marlow
  • Printed by : SNP Sprint
  • Print Process : Lithography
  • Perforations : 14¼
  • Dimensions: 35mm x 35mm


Contrasting magnificent natural landscapes with the rich legacy of past societies, the Australia-UK Joint Issue features world heritage sites from both countries. The joint issue was launched at the Pacific Explorer 2005 Stamp Expo.

There are eight stamps in this issue. Four of the stamps feature Australian world heritage sites and the remaining four feature United Kingdom world heritage sites. The Australian sites were listed as being of outstanding natural heritage whilst the United Kingdom sites are deemed to be of outstanding cultural heritage.

In 1972, UNESCO adopted the World Heritage Convention to safeguard areas which are considered to be of outstanding universal significance. Areas proposed for inscription on the World Heritage List must meet certain criteria to be successful. Australia now has 16 properties on the list; the UK has 25.

Sheet Stamps

50c Greater Blue Mountains Area Stamp

The Greater Blue Mountains Area includes 1.03 million hectares of rugged tablelands, sheer escarpments, deep gorges and inaccessible valleys inland from Sydney.

50c Greater Blue Mountains Area, NSW

50c Blenheim Palace Stamp

The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill is one of the largest and most splendid of England’s stately homes.

50c Blenheim Palace, England

50c Wet Tropics of Queensland Stamp

The Wet Tropics of Queensland comprises 984,000 hectares of tropical rainforest between Townsville and Cooktown.

50c Wet Tropics of Queensland

50c Stonehenge Stamp

Stonehenge is one of Britain’s greatest national icons and the most sophisticated stone circle in the world.

50c Stonehenge, England

$1 Purnululu National Park Stamp

Purnululu National Park is located in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range are its most notable feature.

$1 Purnululu National Park, WA

$1 Heart of Neolithic Orkney Stamp

The excavated monuments in Scotland date back 5,000 years. Heart of Neolithic Orkney consists of a large chambered tomb, two ceremonial stone circles, and a settlement.

$1 Heart of Neolithic Orkney, Scotland

$1.80 Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Stamp

Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park is in Central Australia; the red sandstone monolith rises out of the surrounding red earth. A familiar site known world-wide.

$1.80 Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, NT

$1.80 Hadrian’s Wall Stamp

Hadrian's Wall was built by Roman legionnaires to mark the northernmost boundary of Roman Britain. Construction on the wall commenced in AD122.

$1.80 Hadrian's Wall, England

Se-tenant Pairs

Se-tenant pair of 50c
Wet Tropics and Stonehenge
Se-tenant pair of 50c
Blue Mountains and Blenheim Castle
Se-tenant pair of $1
Purnululu Park and Neolithic Orkney
Se-tenant pair of $1.80
Uluru and Hadrian's Wall

First Day Covers

The Australian first day of issue postmark was GPO Sydney NSW 2000. The UK first day of issue postmark was Blenheim Palace, Woodstock.

First day cover - Australian issues only
First day cover - joint low values
First day cover - joint high values

Maximum Cards

50c Greater Blue Mountains Area maximum card
50c Blenheim Palace maximum card
50c Wet Tropics of Queensland maximum card
50c Stonehenge maximum card
$1 Purnululu National Park maximum card
$1 Heart of Neolithic Orkney maximum card
$1.80 Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park maximum card
$1.80 Hadrian's Wall maximum card

Presentation Packs

Australian Stamps

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack inside page
Presentation pack of 8 values
Presentation pack back cover

Australian and UK Stamps

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of 8 Australian values
Presentation pack of 8 UK values