Best Job in the World

 Wikipedia Commons 0 0F Hamilton Island (Laurence Grayson)
Help wanted: Spend six months working for Tourism Queensland as "caretaker" and resident blogger on an island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Compensation is $105,000 and housing in a three-bedroom villa with a pool. From AFP (image of the view from Hamilton Island by Flickr user laurence_grayson via Wikipedia):
"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."
"Australia offers 'best job in world' on paradise island" (AFP), Best Job in the World (intermittently down)


  1. Question 1) What does $105,000 translate to in USD? I could look it up, but I’m too damned lazy.

    Question 2) What time of year?

    Question 3) Does this island have a “winter” that would be less than idyllic?

    Food for thought. Still a killer job.

  2. @4 – Winter in Queensland is horrid. It actually goes from ‘hot’ to ‘warm’! Expect winter to get low temps of about about 64 degrees F.

  3. Too hot and firewally for me in australia. Give me the equivalent job in any major Japanese city, and I’m in.

  4. Hey, the job description says I have to punch a series of numbers into an old computer every 108 minutes, WTF is that all about?

  5. Yeah nah, Australia has far too many things that bite you and then you die. Sharks, spiders, snakes. Even the Platypus is venomous.

  6. “Still a killer job.”

    Exactly. Every other living thing, in or out of the water, in Australia tries to kill you.

    Got anything in the San Juans?

  7. Whoever it was at Tourism Queensland who thought this up deserves a million-dollar raise! The total tonnage of free publicity it generated is amazing.

  8. think of the risk. Unless they use twins,what happens when the caretaker steps on a stonefish or swallows an Irukandji?

  9. @4:

    1) The amount is already translated for you, it’s $150,000 AUD (and to think us Aussies had almost reached parity a year ago!)

    2) Who cares?

    3) Spent a week in July up in Hamilton Island last year. It would be worth it for half the price.

  10. This makes me sick, it really does.

    Not as sick as putting up with fat, yobbo morons – both the local and tourists – but what a farce.

    I suppose they should push everyone to traipse across the GBR before it dries up and turns white.

  11. “Do you have a criminal record?”

    Will my chances increase if I reply “yes”?
    This is Australia, after all.

  12. perhaps anyone who sees the Great Barrier Reef will be moved to do everything they can to preserve it.

  13. This has been an *awesome* advertising campaign.

    If only “Tourism Australia” had half the clue that “Tourism Queensland” obviously has.

    Minimal investment, maximium worldwide advertising.

  14. #24 Takuan
    …oh all right!… (I’m just jealous)

    Well done mister. It takes a big cephalopod to admit his true feelings.

    Now, who wants iced-virgins?

    me me me!

  15. #21 JayByrd
    #32 Mr_Staypuft

    Spot on. Classic example of viral advertising. I bet there are bleary eyed Aussies in some small ad agency still cracking open bottles of Coonawarra Sparkling Shiraz as we speak.

  16. They put the song back up just to fuck with me. They don’t want me to know that I’m on to them. Oh, but I am.

  17. could we have a contest here to see who guesses closest to the actual number of applicants? (i guess it will be determined by ability to upload, since everyone has a cellphone camera) I’ll start:
    1,897,023 entrants. Ant to the winner, don’t swim directly above a Stingray in a threatening manner…

  18. This is the complete exact opposite of my job now. In case you can’t get that, my jobs sucks the worst suckiness in all of the world. I’d leave my job in a hummingbird’s heartbeat.

  19. i had that job. It sucked. that’s why they’re advertising no local would do it… they should buy a monkey instead.

    you have to get out of bed every day. i mean every fucking day. and you have to talk to all these people. i mean shitbags you know? and if you don’t they get mad. they take your picture too. fuck that. you will be a puppet. i mean fuck it seriously you know what i mean? its a joke. good luck.

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