Best job in the world, Paradise Island

Postby Jenn » January 13th, 2009, 10:11 pm

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Australia offers 'best job in world' on paradise island

SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian state is offering internationally what it calls "the best job in the world" -- earning a top salary for lazing around a beautiful tropical island for six months.

The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US dollars) and includes free airfares from the winner's home country to Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland's state government announced on Tuesday.

In return, the "island caretaker" will be expected to stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of "a few minor tasks" -- and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

The successful applicant, who will stay rent-free in a three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, must be a good swimmer, excellent communicator and be able to speak and write English.

"They'll also have to talk to media from time to time about what they're doing so they can't be too shy and they'll have to love the sea, the sun, the outdoors," said acting state Premier Paul Lucas.

"The fact that they will be paid to explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, swim, snorkel and generally live the Queensland lifestyle makes this undoubtedly the best job in the world."

Lucas said the campaign was part of a drive to protect the state's 18 billion Australian dollar a year tourism industry during the tough economic climate caused by the global financial meltdown.

"Traditional tourism advertising just doesn't cut it sometimes and we are thinking outside the box by launching this campaign."

Queensland Tourism Minister Desley Boyle said some people might question whether it was risky to let an unknown person become an unofficial tourism spokesperson for the state.

"I think the biggest risk will be that the successful candidate won't want to go home at the end of the six months," she said.

"This is a legitimate job which is open to anyone and everyone."

Applications are open until February 22. Eleven shortlisted candidates will be flown to Hamilton Island in early May for the final selection process and the six month contract will commence on July 1.

Job-seekers can apply on .


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Postby Jenn » January 13th, 2009, 10:12 pm

That would be so cool!!
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Postby cheekymunkee » January 13th, 2009, 10:20 pm

FINE! I will take the job.
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Postby Jenn » January 13th, 2009, 10:55 pm

It has your name all over it ;)
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Postby cheekymunkee » January 13th, 2009, 10:56 pm

It really DOES doesnt it? :D
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Postby Jenn » January 13th, 2009, 10:57 pm

6 months secluded beach in Australia, free home, good pay - hell yeah!!

Can you swim?
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Postby CinderDee » January 13th, 2009, 11:53 pm

I saw that on TV and forgot to post it. Isn't that something?
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Postby call2arms » January 13th, 2009, 11:55 pm

I so would do it, Australia is amazing. Damn life of mine, school and boyfriend, not to mention you can't bring pit bulls in (but AmStaffs, yes. nutty Aussies).
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Postby cheekymunkee » January 14th, 2009, 3:36 am

Jenn wrote:6 months secluded beach in Australia, free home, good pay - hell yeah!!

Can you swim?


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Postby iluvk9 » January 14th, 2009, 7:08 am

Damn it. I don't like too much sun. I am out. :(
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Postby Jenn » January 14th, 2009, 10:53 am

cheekymunkee wrote:
Jenn wrote:6 months secluded beach in Australia, free home, good pay - hell yeah!!

Can you swim?


Like a fish!


Well now all you need is to send in your application!

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Postby SisMorphine » January 14th, 2009, 11:10 am

I don't like sun, sand or swimming but damnit I'll lie like a bastard on that application!!
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Postby TheRedQueen » January 14th, 2009, 11:21 am

I just got an offer to house-sit in Bermuda...but I can't afford the airfare...anyone want that job? :dance:
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Postby iluvk9 » January 14th, 2009, 7:50 pm

I LOVE BERMUDA!!!
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Postby madremissy » January 14th, 2009, 8:18 pm

iluvk9 wrote:Damn it. I don't like too much sun. I am out. :(


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