The Best Job in The World, Island Caretaker Needed

January 14, 2009 / 4 Comments

Have you ever thought what’s the best job in the world? We’ve “conducted research” and can say for certain that you’ll have to be an island caretaker.

Tourism Queensland is looking for a person who’s willing to look after Australia’s Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, the jewel in the crown of the Whitsunday Islands. The successful applicant will be offered a rent-free three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, a 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US dollars) salary package for six months, free airfare, travel insurance and the needed gear.

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For a six-figure salary and the job of your life, one must be willing – it’s actually encouraged – to sit under palm trees, swim with the turtles, snorkel the reef, make friends with locals and generally enjoy the tropical Queensland climate and lifestyle.

Of course there’s work involved. Starting July 1st, the new recruit will have take care of a few minor tasks that include keeping a blog and a photo diary, give media interviews and promote the island as a tourist attraction.

“There are hundreds of islands scattered along the Great Barrier Reef,” said Anthony Hayes, Chief Executive, Tourism Queensland. “We are looking for someone who can go and explore all the different islands then report back to the world on what they see. We need a special person. They are going to be pretty busy having a good time.”

The lucky person who’ll manage Hamilton Island for six months and enjoy the hell out of it, will be chosen from a list of 11shortlisted candidates. Open internationally, applications are open till February 22 – that if you can get the site loading. Roughly 160,000 people flocked to see how they could make money from living on the island, watch whales and scuba dive. Who wouldn’t?

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I really wonder what will happen when the six-month contract ends and the guy/gal won’t want to go home. I think you can get used to that kind of life. Hamilton Island is beautiful, isn’t it? Take your chances

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