English adventurer Ben Southall has won the “best job in the world” after being named Tourism Queensland’s island caretaker, ending a four-month search.
Mr Southall, 34, will move into a three-bedroom beach home overlooking the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and will receive a salary package of $150,000 for the six-month contract.
In return Southall will 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 to promote the region.
The new job will be a change from his previous positions as an events manager, charity fundraiser and tour guide.
Ben Southall, who comes from Hampshire, UK and has a Bachelor of Science degree, describes himself as “adventurous” and “crazy”. He says his love of scuba-diving and snorkelling has made him “practically a fish”, and has vast travelling experience.
But it was not just Ben Southall who benefited from this job… With tourism numbers falling in Australia because of the global economic crisis, Tourism Queensland chief Anthony Hayes said the “dream job” competition provided an important boost to the economy.
“The answer when things are going tough is you can complain about it or you can be more creative and more aggressive and try and get more people to come,” he said.
“The whole idea of this promotion is to find the perfect person to help us sell Queensland, but to tell the rest of the world we really are open for business.”
Ben Southall will begin work on July 1 and plans to bring his Canadian girlfriend Bre with him to join him in exploring the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
Well what can I say… Good luck and enjoy Ben! At least somebody is happy to have the best job in the world.
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