The iconic Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and the Cape to Cape Track in Western Australia’s Margaret River Region have been chosen as part of an exclusive selection of Australian walk trails and lighthouses to feature on a special new release series of postage stamps by Australia Post.
The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse has been featured as part of the 100 years of Commonwealth Management of Lighthouses, along with Cape Byron Lighthouse in New South Wales, North Reef Lighthouse off the Queensland coast, and Tasman Island Lighthouse off Tasmania.
The 135km Cape to Cape Track, which links Cape Naturaliste in the north and Cape Leeuwin in the south, was chosen amongst the renowned Overland Track in Tasmania, the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory, and National Pass in New South Wales.
Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt said Australia and Western Australia was renowned for its picturesque vistas.
“Australians have a love of the great outdoors and bushwalking continues to be a popular activity. These stamps will appeal to everyone and especially to bushwalkers and avid hikers who like to get out and about.”
Mr Zsolt also affirmed that the Australian continent and islands have 59,735km of coastline and countless potential hazards that created the need for lighthouses to warn mariners of potential dangers.
“The Commonwealth maintenance of the lighthouse service is vital and this centenary year marks an important milestone. This stamp issue will resonate with those who appreciate these prominent structures, their history and the service they provide.”
Even today, despite satellite navigation systems, all Australian lighthouses are now automated and operational.
Your Margaret River Region CEO Pip Close was thrilled that two of the region’s iconic attractions had been chosen as part of this exclusive stamp series.
“The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and the Cape to Cape Track are two of our region’s greatest assets. The lighthouse is crucial for maritime safety and offers a fascinating insight into our region’s history, and the Cape to Cape Track is a remarkable walk trail which boasts extraordinary diversity of landscapes and spectacular scenery,” said Ms Close.
“We are delighted to see both of these icons recognized in the current series of stamps by Australia Post; it is wonderful promotion for the region,” she said.
The Great Australian Walks stamp issue and The 100 Years of Commonwealth Management of Lighthouses stamps are available at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online atauspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.
For more information about the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse or the Cape to Cape Track, visit www.margaretriver.com.